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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Always worth a visit

Great place to spend a few hours to decompress. Very calm and relaxing. Various garden areas... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
TrudiC44
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Beautiful and very spacious gardens

I didn't know this place existed. friends asked me to go and it was very special day.Blue skies... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
normaredk
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Dana Point, Ca
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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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“tree house” (23 reviews)
“children's area” (17 reviews)
“bamboo forest” (16 reviews)
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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+1 760-436-3036
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"every month"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place to spend a few hours to decompress. Very calm and relaxing. Various garden areas highlight different parts of the world, from lush to arid. Love the topiary people!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't know this place existed. friends asked me to go and it was very special day.Blue skies, incredible trees from every country and some flowers. There is lots of walking up and down paths but well worth it.

1  Thank normaredk
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this hidden gem, the San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas which is about a 30 min drive along the coast from downtown. I have been there a few times but this last time was in a group tour as a member of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely, small-ish Botanical Garden. It is well worth a visit if you are in the San Diego area.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Plan to spend a day wandering among San Diego’s magnificent botanical gardens. Landscapes are planted representing habitats from desert to bamboo forest with pleasant, gentle walking paths in between. The garden is both stroller and wheelchair accessible. One of my favorite areas is the playful...More

Thank Elizabeth S
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

We love to visit botanic gardens in different areas of the country. This was a favorite! There's a lot to see, without it being overwhelming. Each area was gorgeous, many amazing plants to see and smell, lots of birds, little waterfalls, and beautiful artwork. A...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Lots of trails and playgrounds for 3 young girls! 9,5 and 2, they had great fun in the playgrounds and could of stayed a lot longer! We were tempted to get a season pass, but my niece thought that they could schedule their next visit...More

Thank Kendall S
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

This is a wonderful place to just relax and meditate if you like . It's pleasant and calming here . I highly suggest a visit in the morning when everything is quiet and fresh

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This is a wonderful place to take a walk and enjoy the company of friends and family. The gardens are extremely well kept and there are markings about the plants that are on the pathways. It is a little hilly so be prepared for some...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018 via mobile

We’ve lived nearby for 15+ years and never went there. So glad we finally did. My sister, cousin, and 5 year old nephew went. Parking is $2 and adult admission is $14. You pay for both at the parking lot building. The children’s garden is...More

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kamahele2
12 January 2018|
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Response from TraceyFogarty | Reviewed this property |
It is wheelchair accessible, however many of the trails are up and down hilly paths. I would want a partner pushing at times.
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helenX9243LI
17 February 2017|
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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.
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