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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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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Just so pretty!

The unique design of the building just makes one curious to go inside.. but when you do, it is soooo worth it! Took so many pictures and learned a lot about plants and different... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
spooky_dooky
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North Bay, Canada
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North Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The unique design of the building just makes one curious to go inside.. but when you do, it is soooo worth it! Took so many pictures and learned a lot about plants and different species of flowers in there.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For an underfunded venue, this place is pretty nice. The fish pond is nice - usually someone performing (mimes/jugglers/musicians) close by as are museums, places to eat and even have a beer.

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El Cajon, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

By far my favorite place in San Diego! They have an amazing Orchids collection as well as the Bromelaids. It's cool and shady on a hot day. Sit back and enjoy the flowers.

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Thank Tai K
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I never tire of visiting this cool, green spot in the heart of Balboa Park because of the seasonal displays including ponsiettas in December and lilies for Easter. However, year round you can revel in tropical foliage -- ferns, cycads, orchids -- as well as begonias, and a sniff/smell garden. Outside you can enjoy the antics of the mallards or... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

That is a incredible park in san diego, Guess one of the most beautiful in US. You must go there. :)

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many exotic colorful plants, many in bloom, to enjoy at a leisurely pace. Plan to snap many pictures.

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Cocoa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only reason I am giving the gardens a four instead of a five is because we only were able to see the outside grounds and the fish because it just closed. There were some huge Koi in the pond. Several ducks and at least one duckling awww. So cute.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really love this garden -gorgeous, colorful orchids, ferns, tree ferns, cycads and other tropical plants beautifully displayed and maintained! The lily pool outside is nice too!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this and the Lily pond in front of the structure. In the hot summer it is hard to forget that San Diego can be cold in winter, so here is the place to see all those tropical plants that would not survive a slight frost. The fish in the Lily are massive.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful orchids and other tropical plants for viewing. I turned my photo of the lilly pads into my cell phone screen saver.

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