Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Botanical Building and Lily Pond

Botanical Building and Lily Pond
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.
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4.5
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Amy P
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
A fun place to wander for a morning or afternoon. Soak in the gardens and water features. Learn about the history and architecture along the way. The hop-on-and-off bus/trolley will stop here regularly.
Written 31 August 2023
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399benjaminm
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Although closed for total rebuild, the Botanical Building is a marvelous structure. Featuring an eclectic and lovely botanical collection, it is an oasis of quiet and beauty in the city and at the center of Balboa Park.
Written 18 December 2022
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Shaun K
Wolverhampton, UK165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
botanical building having some work done on it so it was closed but the pond makes up for that. very nice to sit and chill
Written 14 August 2022
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Arun
Hayward, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We had good time there.A lot of history and Mexican food all the vendors excellent.we spend half day in Nature history museum what a amazing place !It was full of excitement with kids know about so much about birds 🦅🦉🦋🦉dinosaurs local birds 🦢 🐻.we thought it never going to end.
They did really hard work on this place .
Written 22 June 2022
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AngieluLuna
Costa Mesa, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We love coming here! We also love bringing our dogs. You can't actualy go in the botanical garden with the dogs, but the dogs love looking at the koi fish and walking around the pond and people watching and making new friends. The botanical garden is small but beautiful. It is worth going.
Written 20 April 2022
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Amy P
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Took the trolley and hopped off for a stroll around the grounds. Relaxing and beautiful area, full of history and lots of things to photograph...textures, colors, architecture.
Written 22 November 2021
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DebbieKay57
Allentown, NJ28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Good for a ten or 15 minute walk through to see the plants. Lots of begonias but they weren't in bloom. Interesting structure which provides shade for shade-loving plants.
Written 30 October 2021
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trra
Madera, CA784 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The entire area so pretty. Absolutely huge pond with tons of varieties of lilies. Then inside the big beautiful conservatory is all manner of interesting and pretty plants.
Written 21 August 2021
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Christopher S
Tucson, AZ205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The lily ponds and ducks made my day - the building was closed and needed some tlc - perhaps its on the schedule but a marvel in wood...
Written 16 May 2021
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Bidule05
France1,604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
In San Diego, we spent one afternoon in Balboa park, which is a beautiful 1,200 acre public park, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
We were amazed by the wonderful view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond in the foreground!!!
In the Botanical Building, we saw many colourful fantastic collections of flowers, especially orchids, although there were also cycads, ferns and tropical plants and palm trees!
Altogether, Balboa park is a green paradise in San Diego, with many activities for families and children!!!
Written 27 April 2021
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