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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

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Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA
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A lovely and peaceful stroll in the park

We found the Botanical Gardens enchanting. We bumped into staff along out peripatetic wanderings. Each person was knowledgeable and eager to share tidbits about the park and its... read more

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We found the Botanical Gardens enchanting. We bumped into staff along out peripatetic wanderings. Each person was knowledgeable and eager to share tidbits about the park and its environs with us.... A very pleasant time indeed!

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Culver City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The UCR Botanic Gardens are a bit different from the standard botanical gardens you might expect. The gardens are set out among trails that meander up and down hills - and also include a couple of greenhouses. There is one rose garden but for the most part, the plants don't have a lot of colors other than "green". And there... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I used to live in riverside while still in high School, and one fond memory was a school trip to this gardens for a science class, and it was my first time going to such a garden. As a typical teenage kid at the time, I never wanted to go and see a bunch of flowers, but this experience opened... More 

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Thank Sean O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

I have been at the botanical gardens fir two times and I really enjoyed coming here. I always come here to have my quiet time and to pray. The atmosphere is very cool.

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Thank Heaven M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I've been looking for the UCR tripadvisor spot, but I haven't found it anywhere. That's why I post my review here. I spent the whole summer of 94 studying at UCR's extension and found its professors and facilities amazing.

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Thank Josep H
Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great place to get away from the city and learn a little about the local plants here in Riverside as well as others. I love the turtle pond and the cactus garden.

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Alexandria, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The trail map makes the gardens look bigger than they are. They are easily explored in a couple of hours - longer if you stop to take pictures like I did. Nice variety of plants. The rose garden was in full bloom with many types of roses. I enjoyed watching the turtles in the pond. The butterfly garden was quite... More 

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Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

It's not super clean like a Fairmount Park, but more like a jungle and that flair is actually positive ! Trails are often very steep !

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Thank globetrotter897
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I am a UCR alumni and I go to the botanic gardens all the time. There are endless walking trails to explore because it is huge. You can easily spend an entire afternoon wandering through the beautiful hillsides.

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Great place to walk. It is also educational for those interested in Botany, since many of the plants are labeled so you know what to ask for at the garden center. And if the garden center can't get it, then go to one of their plant sales in the Spring or Fall.

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