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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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Disappointing

The gardens are more like a state or national park than a botanic garden. Good place for a walk... read more

Reviewed yesterday
janettags
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Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
Nice morning stroll in the hills

Nice Botanic Garden in a hilly area. It is a nice stroll, but be warned of up/down. Nice gift... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicagoehc
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Chicago
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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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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The gardens are more like a state or national park than a botanic garden. Good place for a walk through the gully but not much focus on "gardens". A bit rough having to pay $12 entry - being from Aus we are used to having...More

Thank janettags
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice Botanic Garden in a hilly area. It is a nice stroll, but be warned of up/down. Nice gift shop too. It is a very pleasant morning and did not see all of it!

Thank Chicagoehc
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a manicured garden with exotic flowers. It's an authentic representation of the native plants found in different parts of California. There is a main loop trail with a number of side trails. Much of the trail is shaded, but some areas are...More

Thank Rosemary W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went early on a Sunday morning and spent 2 hours being amazed. They've managed the place to showcase the great outdoors of CA in the various environments encountered. The reception guy was great and there was a very knowledgeable and friendly lady maintaining the desert...More

Thank CabJax58
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic place! The staff are great the views are stunning and the plant / animal life is amazing. Good walks around the gardens and the conservation they are doing is inspiring!

Thank ring476
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just driving up to this location in the Santa Barbara hills is a small percentage of what made this visit great. Once entering and getting a map, you have plenty of options on what trails to take. The main loop is very easy and .75...More

Thank rlepson
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband surprised me and brought me to this beautiful garden! We enjoyed walking around the loop and it took us about a hour to do it. We listened to the birds/animals and looked at the gorgeous scenery. There was a special bonsai show going...More

Thank TheWonderingTraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The botanic garden is a great place to go for a few hours during your holiday in Santa Barbara. I would advise getting the map and doing the full loop, which (going counterclockwise) takes you past the desert and the meadow, takes you through the...More

Thank Janet H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For only $10 for seniors we got entrance to this beautiful botanical garden that featured California plants, trees, and flowers. There is an easy, relaxing, serene 1 mile walk through the garden. We especially enjoyed the redwood forest with it's tall trees towering over the...More

Thank Bill G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Lots of up and down paths with and without steps. Great picture taking.

Thank CheapEats019
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dp93313
We tend to visit places with our small dogs in a stroller, is this permitted at your place?
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
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Dena M
Planning to visit at beginning of October. What types of blooms and foliage may we see?
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
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Amanda M
Planning to visit in late February. Will much be in bloom?
30 December 2015|
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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
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