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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
Review Highlights
Wear proper footwear!

My family really enjoyed walking around here for two or three hours. Make sure to wear rubber... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2016
Chadwick J
via mobile
Great Garden. Lots of variety. Great ocean views.

Beautiful garden with a wide variety of plantings in beautiful location. They had rental scooters... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2016
Redding, California
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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.~
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
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Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

My family really enjoyed walking around here for two or three hours. Make sure to wear rubber boots, or at least have them in the car if you're headed this way. Some areas too wet for tennis shoes. Make sure to find the cliff house.

1  Thank Chadwick J
Reviewed 4 February 2016

Beautiful garden with a wide variety of plantings in beautiful location. They had rental scooters to allow my grandmother who doesn't walk well to enjoy the whole garden. Staff were very helpful.

Thank AmyWren
Reviewed 4 February 2016

Hello fellow Sojourners - Did he just say 'must-see' in the title of the review? Is that even allowed? I don't know if it's allowed but I did just say it. Seriously, look for the big sign, put on a turn signal and pull in...More

Thank Introspicere
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Always open and very friendly; many interesting plants with many fine and mature rhododendrons; take the walk to the ocean for views not to be missed and in February look out for migrating grey whales.

Thank foodlover837
Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

We stopped at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on our way to see the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. I took a nice walk along their trails and explored their beautiful gardens along the coast. The trails eventually lead to a shack on a bluff...More

1  Thank Kelli B
Reviewed 22 January 2016

I like the outdoors and plants and nature…. But I wasn’t real thrilled about visiting the gardens. However, once we got inside I found I really enjoyed myself. It was a nice walk and I even picked up a few ideas for my own home...More

1  Thank Original_Kona_Dave
Reviewed 21 January 2016

My boyfriend and I were in Mendocino with our dog on a rainy/overcast weekend. Unaware that most hiking trails in the area don't allow dogs, we opted to visit the Botanical Gardens. We had a great time walking around the grounds, exploring little side-paths, and...More

1  Thank JMont88
Reviewed 16 January 2016

Mendocino Botanical Gardens is located on the ocean in Fort Bragg just a few miles north of Mendocino, it is also called the Garden by the Sea, one of a few public gardens with ocean frontage. This botanical garden boasts 47 acres of Japanese gardens,...More

1  Thank Kelleygirl2
Reviewed 15 January 2016

I've been here many times in different seasons and conditions, and it's always a bit different. Some seasons are wintery, such as the latest visit, and some have flowers everywhere. It matters not, as the focus is on hiking around and experiencing what is there...More

Thank Bambuddhist
Reviewed 29 December 2015

We went to check out the Festival that took place at the Garden for Christmas week. Really pretty, family oriented activity for all ages.

Thank Almond1212
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I'm planning my visit to the Fort Bragg area in May. How much time should I allow to visit the gardens? Thank
18 February 2017|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hi! Our property is 47 acres and about 1/2 mile to the ocean from the entrance (one-way). We usually recommend at least one and a half hours to see all of the collections and areas of interest. Our Café will be open in May... More
Grace W
Do we need to buy admission ticket?
14 October 2016|
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Response from Candace F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, general admission:(over 18) $14 senior (over 65) $10 junior (5-17) $5 group (12 or more) $7.50
How much do you charge for entrance Fee
13 June 2016|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hi there! We have a range of admission fees, see below: $14.00 General (18 and older) $10.00 Seniors (65 and older) $ 7.00 MCRPD Resident (Gualala to Westport) $ 7.00 Active Duty Military Personnel $ 5.00 Juniors (aged... More