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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

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Address: 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521-9800
08:00 - 17:00
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Very relaxing and spacious

Parking is 2.00 but worth it. The cactus gardens are spectacular and there are more cactus than you can imagine exist. It is free but it donation of five dollars is requested... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Diane B
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Parking is 2.00 but worth it. The cactus gardens are spectacular and there are more cactus than you can imagine exist. It is free but it donation of five dollars is requested and it's well worth $5. It is a huge area and really great for inquisitive minds.

Thank Diane B
Riverside, California
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Wonderful place to take an easy stroll or a vigorous walk. Your choice! The plant varieties are plentiful, every season brings something new to see. Birds and butterflies are an added bonus, as well as the turtles in the pond. Twice a year the "Friends Of The Gardens" have a native plant sale. Great selection and good prices. Shady areas... More 

1 Thank John E
Jurupa Valley
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a location especially interesting for gardeners and persons interested in native plants. Well laid out and great docents when available.

Thank Daniel M
New Germany, Minnesota
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Even if you are not an avid horticulturist, this garden offers lots to see and a pleasant setting for a stroll. Even in winter there are species worth viewing.

Thank alwaysonthewater
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This garden is very spacious and peaceful. Lots of trees. Good for a nice walk with friends or family. There is a turtle pond and some greenhouses, overall great place to visit

Thank crivers725
Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

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!

Thank FredSimson
Culver City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

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 

2 Thank GareThere
St. Petersburg, Florida
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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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Reviewed 18 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.

Thank Heaven M
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21 reviews
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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.

1 Thank Josep H

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