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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

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Excellent botanical garden on college campus

The botanical garden is located on the campus of the University of California at Riverside. There... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anaheim, California
Beauty In Simplicity

Having attended the university in my earlier years, I recently went for a graduation and had time... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Tea C
Diamond Bar, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The botanical garden is located on the campus of the University of California at Riverside. There is a $2/hour parking fee (paid in advance) and a $5 suggested donation to enter the garden (there is a drop slot near the entrance for you to pay)....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ransom007
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Having attended the university in my earlier years, I recently went for a graduation and had time to walk around. Since it was spring, the entire garden was in full bloom. From the flowers to the trees, I found myself revisiting the plant life I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tea C
Reviewed 6 September 2018

Watch for the news about the Open House that is held at the gardens.👍opportunity to view and learn about plants in our area. 👍place to buy plants.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Lenora C
Reviewed 6 May 2018

We went here for a nice walk and get a few family pics as my wife and I are from Pennsylvania. Saw a lot of different varieties of trees and flowers. Trails are well marked and you should not miss this. We were there about...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank James C
Reviewed 2 April 2018

The UCR Botanical gardens is a wonderful place to take your family for a long, lazy stroll. Lots of places to sit and enjoy the plant collections and the environment.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Agenor M
Reviewed 29 March 2018

How expensive or difficult would it be to have arrows to show the route to see the entire park? There are all kinds of paths and no directions. We did not see all of it. The tank were the turtles were was really dirty. There...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Starviagera
Reviewed 22 February 2018

An easy hiking area for people who love plants or have children and want "an adventure." It is lovely and always delightful to visit.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Peter K
Reviewed 21 December 2017

I have taken my kids to the gardens on several ocassion's, more so when they were little. It is nice to stroll among the plants and learn about different varitie's. When my kids were younger they loved playing botanic gardens bingo. They still supply the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Robert P
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Very well done and well-marked, educational, excellently laid out with good trails. Some very steep slopes, some dusty, but very well designed and maintained-- neat, trimmed, clean. Wide variety of plants in natural settings and beautiful views/photos.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank ANonyMouse45
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Gorgeous looks at nature and a relaxing place for a walk. Very small fee to get in ($5 donation to URC).

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank Deonna2
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