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“OK, nothing great”

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Ranked #14 of 172 things to do in Santa Barbara
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Owner description: With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity.The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants. With over 1,000 different taxa of plants on display there is always something new to experience. Stroll the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Tea House and Garden, and the spectacular views along the Porter Trail. Experience the quiet cool of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the knockout punch of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden welcomes visitors seven days a week, rain or shine. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and during some special events.
Escondido, California
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“OK, nothing great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Read a lot of great reviews about this place. Expected a bit more. It was a nice walk through, but nothing special. The best part was seeing the aquaducts that ran to the mission below. If you didn't go here you wouldn't be msising anything.

Visited August 2012
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Encinitas, CA
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“History and botany”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

It was hot while we walked around but were very impressed with the mature redwoods. Also this is where the old mission got its water through an aqueduct. Worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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Riverside, California
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“Go on a cooler day or in the morning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

We made the mistake of going in afternoon. It was way tooo hot to enjoy and we left after 30 minutes. This seems more like native california plants, which was fine, but dont expect hedge animals or the like. Bring a picnic lunch and it would make a nice hike.

Visited August 2012
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West Vancouver, Canada
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“late visit but we were impressed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Got there late in the day and were only able to spend about 45min. what we did see was very informative and beautiful.

Visited August 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A quiet but natural place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

The area was much larger than I expected with many trails in very natural surroundings. You didn't feel "enclosed" at all! the walk can be challenging or gentle - whatever you wish. The views variable and great. The planting random and natural - all round a nice retreat from the bustle of the town for a few hours. Great art in the gift shop , easy to get to and not far out of town either.Cafe/ vending on site but we had taken our own picnic and stopped to eat at one of picnic tables deep in the tree area. Great birdlife to watch too as we ate.

Visited September 2011
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