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“Beautiful gardens”

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Fort Bragg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers. With manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, native flora and habitats, fern-covered canyons, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and conifers, heaths and heathers, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the blue ocean, the garden is a jewel on the Pacific Coast. Open daily except the Saturday after Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. March-October 9am-5pm, November-February 9am-4pm. Rhody's Cafe, located in the Gardens, serves fresh, locally made lunches, coffee drinks, desserts, and Cowlicks'Hand Made Ice Cream. Picnic lunches are available. Open April-September, 11am-4pm. The Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaza are open daily. There is no admission charge to visit the Store, Nursery, or Cafe. ~Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems.~
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Pasadena, California
Level 6 Contributor
377 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

These gardens are quite beautiful and provide wonderful places to walk. And it was so nice to see that people could bring their dogs. We wandered all over, seeing everything from vegetable gardens to rugged ocean cliffs with sea lions basking in the sun. The sculptures on display were an added pleasant surprise. We had lunch at the Cowlick"s Cafe, where the staff was so friendly and the food was delicious. Topped it off with fantastic ice cream. In was such a nice day!

Visited June 2012
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Traverse City
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44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“You must take a stroll”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

I have been here before, and just love the strolls. In the past, I have been here in late May/early June which would be a much better time to see the wildflowers blooming, but the views of the ocean are still wonderful.

Visited June 2012
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Cameron Park, California
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Gorgeous gardens”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

The gardens are absolutely beautiful but give yourself about half a day to walk through all of them. A little expensive but worth the visit.

Visited June 2012
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Foresthill, California
Level 2 Contributor
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Breathtaking and dog friendly. Get a sample for your pooch at the Cowlick's on-site.

Visited July 2012
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Allenton, Wisconsin
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12 attraction reviews
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“Lovely Park A must See”
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Oh My Word...so much to say about the park...we went star fish seeking and found various colors. What an experience for Midwestern people who have never seen the beauty of the Ocean this way. The sea lions kept watch over their young. See the whale bone exhibit PLEASE...what a site.

Visited June 2012
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