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San Diego Botanic Garden

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Big and beautiful

A huge and varied botanical garden, you can easily wander around here all afternoon. Use the little... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
New York City, New York
Lovely gardens

My wife and I wandered the grounds for a couple of hours. Watch the weather, by the time we left at... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety...more
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Reviewed yesterday

An expensive walk around a garden. Took the kids , Visting from out of town, save your money and go the zoo. Looks like it's not getting the attention it needs, sorry San Diego , you can do better.

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 2 days ago

A huge and varied botanical garden, you can easily wander around here all afternoon. Use the little map they give you. The place is very shady and very peaceful, with countless gorgeous trees from different parts of the world, and some amazing-looking plants you will...More

Thank invertpaleo
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I wandered the grounds for a couple of hours. Watch the weather, by the time we left at noon, it was getting pretty warm. There are plenty of places to stop and rest and lots of shady areas. The children's garden is...More

Thank Henry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Off the beaten path. It is due east off I-5, about two miles. We got off at Leucadia. By mid-morning in early October it was getting very warm. Well worth the trip.

Thank zuchrew
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can travel the world in one place! From a bamboo forest, to waterfalls, to New Zealand shrubs, to cork trees....this garden has it all. It's fabulous. Best or all, there are sculptures sprinkled throughout, sculptures for sale (although I don't know how they come...More

1  Thank John U
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Very interesting place to walk around and view plants from around the world. Wear good walking shoes and bring some water.

Thank OJMO
Reviewed 26 August 2018

If you are into botany this is definitely a place to check out. Many areas of the world represented in one place.

Thank SKLEE0721
Reviewed 24 August 2018

With our drought, everything in Southern California is dry. The Botanic Garden is no exception, but what a great surprise it was. Its huge, has many different gardens, pools, waterfalls, flowers and a joy to visit. And on top of a mountain. Did not really...More

1  Thank Marius D
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Very nicely done botanical garden, with numerous samples that I'd never seen before. Amazing number of whimsical sculptures. Many trails are wheelchair accessible, but not all. Clean restrooms, drinking fountains, snack bar, gift shop, and plant sales. Vegetation is arranged by region.

Thank randylee223
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

I have visited these beautiful gardens several times over the years. I had a few hours to kill before leaving California to return home, and returned to explore the gardens. They are maintained well and the setting is very nice. A nice place to get...More

1  Thank Pat E
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12 January 2018|
Response from TraceyFogarty | Reviewed this property |
It is wheelchair accessible, however many of the trails are up and down hilly paths. I would want a partner pushing at times.
17 February 2017|
Response from Chet P | Reviewed this property |
$2 for parking. $10for seniors. If you get the free museum month card at Macy's all entry fees are half price.