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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Great trails for walking

Native California flora and great walking trails. Bring water, hat, and wear comfortable walking... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Arlington or Cambridge
South coast environment showcased in miniature

Local favorite place - short to medium easy walks thru very diverse landscapes inc redwood canyons... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joan H
Santa Barbara, California
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With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity.The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants. With over 1,000 different taxa of plants on display there is always something new to experience. Stroll the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Tea House and Garden, and the spectacular views along the Porter Trail. Experience the quiet cool of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the knockout punch of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden welcomes visitors seven days a week, rain or shine. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and during some special events.
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“native plants” (57 reviews)
“redwood forest” (19 reviews)
“gift shop” (39 reviews)
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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Native California flora and great walking trails. Bring water, hat, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Thank claudine53
Reviewed 1 week ago

Local favorite place - short to medium easy walks thru very diverse landscapes inc redwood canyons, stream splashed woods & wildflower meadows. Docent tours are esp good here w knowledgeable guides.

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by this gardens diverse landscape. Set in a canyon about a 20 minute drive up in the hills, it offers a great place to stroll or hike depending on your ability. One path clearly marked on their nice map is fairly...More

Thank janad63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was fantastic and worth the time! It was venues of history, tour guide was incredible and so knowledgeable

Thank Brenda M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Santa Barbara for three weeks and this place was my favorite by far. We bought an annual pass so we could come more than once. (This has an added benefit in that you get reciprocal benefits with other botanical gardens across the...More

Thank Margaret Y
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I have been to the Botanic Garden many times over the years and always enjoy a stroll through the grounds. Although few plants are in the bloom in July, the trails are quiet and enjoyable following a small stream for much of the way. If...More

Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Gorgeous views throughout the garden. Loved the redwood and woodland area especially. Nice gift shop. Lots of stairs so look carefully at the map if you have a problem with stairs. Can't wait to visit again.

Thank dianef181
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We just spent $30 for three of us to walk in the woods. Maybe it's a completely different experience in springtime when plants on in bloom. However, on an August day, it's more like a stroll through the woods than through a botanic garden. As...More

Thank Roberta M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Just okay. but a good place to take kids. It makes for a pleasant walk if you don't have anything better to do on a summer afternoon.

Thank Vickypf2017
Reviewed 16 August 2017

What a pretty little Botanic Garden with well groomed trails and glorious native trees & plants. Every spot is so picturesque. I especially love all the little signs for what each plant is. Tons of shade, so bringing kiddies, as well as your dogs. They...More

Thank SachaMR
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1 February 2017|
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Response from Barbara B | Property representative |
Hello We do allow dogs on leash in our garden as well as dogs in strollers, but please know that there are many beautiful parts of our garden that you cannot reach with a stroller. Many visitors with strollers often park... More
Dena M
12 August 2016|
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Response from abacusz | Reviewed this property |
Like those above, we were springtime visitors. The garden is not geared around manicured blooming flowers, but more to a natural environment, which includes a dessert growth area (cactus), redwoods, plus a Japanese tea... More
Amanda M
30 December 2015|
Response from suzannesuz | Reviewed this property |
Hi from Suzanne, Spring blooms will be starting, as we have had some significant rainfall. Regardless if there ifs"full bloom" which usually wouldn't happen this early in the season, the gardens are so diverse and of many... More