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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Beautiful gardens

Not to be missed if you love plants. Cacti, succulents, native species and fascinating air plants... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Bourne, United Kingdom
Taking in Nature

I have had a few family memberships to other Botanical Gardens and since the one I had before had... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Chuck W
Riverside, California
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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 of microclimates giving the visitor a sensation of going from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, all within 37 acres.Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. In June of 2009, we opened the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast.
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

Not to be missed if you love plants. Cacti, succulents, native species and fascinating air plants planted in old tree trunks as well as themed gardens from many parts of the world. I spotted humming birds too. The childrens' garden is beautifully designed with an...More

1  Thank Petamary
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I have had a few family memberships to other Botanical Gardens and since the one I had before had expired I got a membership here. I have always enjoyed walking around taking in the plants and flowers and this is one of the nicer gardens...More

Thank Chuck W
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Great gardens and a pretty easy walk. Beautiful Bamboo section, that was our favorite. Get there early before the crowds arrive.

Thank Curly
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Lots of trails and paths to walk around. I loved the tremendous varieties of trees and flowers. There is a little coffee stand and some tables to sit at. Very relaxing place to wander around. Great views of the ocean.

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We visited this garden, and were VERY impressed with all the flora and fauna to be found here. Truly one of the nicest botanic gardens we've been to.....and we've been to a lot all around the world. There was an art pleinair event going on...More

Thank dukeofargy
Reviewed 31 March 2017

In the middle of a busy coastal city lies a sweet secret known to locals as Quail Botanic Garden to others it is known as San Diego Botanic Garden. The garden offers many venues insect festival, fairy festival, art fest, etc . The two children...More

1  Thank Bobbi H
Reviewed 21 March 2017

In a garden designed to a large extent to attract and engage kids, it is unlikely that adults will have as much fun. Signage is OK, but hardly original, and the really attractive elements are sculptures and art plunked down among the various types of...More

1  Thank Lloyd B
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Friendly volunteers working throughout and one driving the electric shuttle made exploring these lovely gardens easy for every ability and age. Don't be discouraged if you have to park in the overflow...the shuttle will take you everywhere.

2  Thank jcbexleyoh
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Nice park, but not anything out of the ordinary. Nice for families with younger kids. And makes for a nice relaxing afternoon

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 9 March 2017

My wife and I were amazed at the many plant and tree varieties at this garden. We walked the grounds for over two hours and enjoyed a nice lunch at the snack stand located in the garden. There areas of interest for all including children....More

1  Thank RU4NJ
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admission prices??
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.