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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number: 1-619-239-0512
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Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found...

Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.

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Botonical Building

This is a must, you can take many pictures, which we did. It is enclosed with many types of flowers, ferns & trees

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Charles M
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Mohnton, Pennsylvania
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Mohnton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must, you can take many pictures, which we did. It is enclosed with many types of flowers, ferns & trees

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Botanical Garden and Lily Pond is a must see in Balboa Park. It's one of those iconic pictures you must capture. So much beauty all around!!

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Greater Cincinnati
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is about twice the size of my family room. I guess San Diegans like it because it's the only place in the whole region (outside the zoo) where you'll find anything green and living for most of the year. At least it's free. But most midsized Midwestern towns have better botanical gardens than this.

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The outside of this building is gorgeous! The inside is beautiful. So worth you time. Very relaxing place.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery and very nice koi pond. We stopped here during a visit to balboa park. The kids enjoyed watch the fish and ducks. I would stop by here again if in the area.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll have to put your walking shoes on as they've moved all of the parking WAY far away. I don't know how they expect anyone with a disability to get into the park now-a-days. I've heard that (without a city-wide vote), the City Council has decided to restrict auto traffic/parking even further and are going to destroy a bunch of... More 

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Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed casually walking through this botanical building. Found it to be very relaxing and a great way to feel a sense of peace.

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Weilerbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I always enjoy wandering through ... whether for a quick break or a longer time really taking a good look at the plant life exhibited here. Nice change from the museums and zoo where I can focus on something simple to refresh my soul.

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Midland,Mi.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to Balboa park specifically to see the Botanical Garden and we were not disappointed. The plants inside are cool and interesting and the Lily pond is very nice.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite Balboa Park attraction! Bountiful blooms from exotic orchids. Winding vines. Carnivorous plants. This Botanic building and the lily pond are signature features and the most enjoyable respite for many park visitors.

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