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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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+1 760-436-3036
09:00 - 17:00
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Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees,...

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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Winter garden and Egyptian Tapestry exhibit

This is a sacred San Diego spot! DO NOT MISS it if you visit San Diego. Absolutely incredible children's gardens with lots of activities-kids would have fun for a full day! The... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a sacred San Diego spot! DO NOT MISS it if you visit San Diego. Absolutely incredible children's gardens with lots of activities-kids would have fun for a full day! The Egyptian Tapestry exhibit is a hidden gem-ends in March so don't miss it!!!

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Brandon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful gardens ....well done...really enjoyed our evening walk with all the lights , roasted marshmallows , mulled wine and music

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice garden, lots of interesting areas representing various areas around the world. I got the feeling that it's not very well funded yet and is trying to grow, so to speak. Enjoyed seeing oranges and other tropical fruits ripe for the picking (no picking allowed!). Would enjoy seeing it again during the late spring when there's more... More 

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New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Gardens had a special holiday exhibit in which many of the trees,plants and areas of the garden were decorated with colorful lights. That was it, lights all over. I have seen the Longwood Gardens in DE, NY Botanical Garden, the Bronz Zoo and the National Zoo, DC light show. The San Diego light show was not half as good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I always make sure to visit the gardens for their Christmas display which is well worth it. It is pricey so you have to save up. Event includes s'mores, mulled wine, hot cider. hayrides and beautiful lights.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We love to visit botanical gardens on our travels. This one was a nice and reasonably priced side trip. Nice trails, interesting plants and lovely weather! It's on the small side compared to other gardens we've visited, but it would be a great place to take kids as they have lots of activities for little ones. All in all, a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed 2 hours at the Botanic gardens. We are from northern climes and thus saw a lot of plants we don't normally encounter. They do a fine job presenting gardens from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. The changes in terrain within the gardens are used well to segment the collection. We were particularly impressed with the children's... More 

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Bryan, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing gardens. Lots of succulents, native plants, bamboo, palms, African, Australian and New Zealand gardens. For the kids, they have an interactive garden with a great tree house

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Coming from Flatistan, I'm used to level botanical gardens...not here! Added a neat perspective to be able to overlook plants from above. Loads of succulents from around the world. Plants nicely grouped by region of origin. Don't pass up the children's garden, even if you have recently renewed your AARP membership: clever displays and good interpretation will be of interest... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

my partner and I visited while staying in san diego. beautiful walk. some unusual plants. beautiful collections. fantastic gardens. great for families too.

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