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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521-9800
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Worth a visit, take hiking boots for steep trails

Very well done and well-marked, educational, excellently laid out with good trails. Some very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Long Beach, California
Great place for a relaxing walk among nature

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Montgomery, Illinois
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“turtle pond” (4 reviews)
“native plants” (4 reviews)
“plant sales” (4 reviews)
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900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521-9800
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank ANonyMouse45
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Deonna2
Reviewed 10 November 2017

My daughter and I went one Saturday morning--we were only going to spend about 2 hours there--but we were so interested in the flowers and shrubs and trees that we spend twice that amount, and only left because it was getting to warm--

Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This place is great, quiet, clean, a lot to see, very educational for kids and adults. Staff are very well versed and knowledgeable. We will visit the place again. We love museum. It’s nice to know the history of this place.

Thank Edward O
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is a peaceful place to visit if you just need to connect to nature for a minute! It's just big enough that you can change up your stroll routes. I enjoy their occasional plant sales where you can purchase unusual plants not available at...More

Thank ashade13
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a very good place to just go and take a walk and relax. Lots of students drawing the flowers in the gardens.

Thank Chuck W
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Just like one review i read about this place. You get to lot 10 and from there is a little road that takes you to where there is about 10 parking spots closer to the entrance. When you get to the entrance the parking machine...More

Thank chela9992503
Reviewed 11 August 2017

A quaint and large nature park to explore, relax , and enjoy nature . Many trees and plants to check out. Use bug spray before you visit the gardens and try to visit on a cool day or in the morning. Free admission. Recommended.

Thank MandC0218
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is a great place to buy plants when they have their sales. Walk through the free (donations requested) gardens, sit in the shade and smell the roses (beautiful rose garden!), and then look for the flowers you'd like in your own gardens. Parking fee...More

Thank Theresa H
Reviewed 2 June 2017

We spent about two hours here and didn't see everything. There are many trails to explore at some future date. We were a little late in the season to see and photograph the many varieties of cacti in bloom. We really enjoyed the rose garden...More

Thank Joan H
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Sherrell D
21 August 2017|
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29 January 2017|
Response from John E | Reviewed this property |
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sonia g
24 September 2015|
Response from Friedrich B | Reviewed this property |
not that I am aware of; the parking is limited, though