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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Beautiful way to spend a Saturday in Encinitas.

Gorgeous gardens with lots of walking with eye opening beauty. Courteous volunteers make your... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2018
Peter J
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San Diego, California
Beautiful Gardens- good for all ages, lots of walking

We visited the gardens last December. It wasn't too crowded, so we could enjoy walking around... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2018
Melissa T
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Gorgeous gardens with lots of walking with eye opening beauty. Courteous volunteers make your visit enjoyable. Take the 10:30 AM walking tour as plant antidotal stories are very interesting.

Thank Peter J
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

We visited the gardens last December. It wasn't too crowded, so we could enjoy walking around leisurely. So many interesting and beautiful plants and trees. Has a very nice gift shop. It is reasonably priced too.

Thank Melissa T
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

I love visiting gardens and this one did not disappoint. I enjoyed the fruit trees the most! Too bad you’re not allowed to pick any, haha

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

The San Diego Botanic Garden is beautiful. With an incredible variety of plants from around the world, as well as an extensive network of well-marked hiking trails, the gardens are a perfect place to spend 3 hours enjoying nature. We were fascinated with the diversity...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

While visiting my son and his family (our 2 grandchildren), I found out about this Jewel to take children to as well as yourself! They had marshmallow roasts, live music, arts and crafts, a SNOW hill to sled down and another SNOW hill to climb,...More

Thank shchristy
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

We loved this Botanical Garden. Had a lot to see and could have spend the entire day there. Plans from around the world. If you are in the area, do it!

Thank Mark S
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

The San Diego Botanic Garden is located in Encinitas, CA which is in greater San Diego County. It contains 37-acres of eye-candy foliage...rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, succulents, etc. Children will love the Hamilton Children's Garden and its climbing...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

I have visited the gardens most every year for the last 11 years. It is a place in which to bring out of town visitors. Something has happened to the health of the plants, mainly with their succulent and cactus collections. And what happened to...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Toured the 37 acres site with family and grand kids. The variety of the types of plants and trees was very diverse. From all over the world. Very well done. Family packages are available for 13 months.

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

After reading reviews on this site we were excited about our visit. The entrance from the road looked nice and we were greeted by a very pleasant lady who took our fees and handed us a map of the gardens. The first clue of a...More

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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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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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