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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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+1 619-239-0512
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful building. A conservatory McAfee of slatted wood instead off glassand full of beautiful orchids. The lily pond is photogenic as well.

Thank jkzoo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is like a cross between the giant greenhouse at Kew and the tropical dome at Eden Project. If you like plants you have to come here. if you like great buildings and beautiful locations you have to come here. It is an hour...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is the Balboa Park Botanical Building and is always free to visitors. Inside the Botanical Building is a wide array of plants and the humid air and smell is intensely relaxing. If you’ve been inside of a greenhouse or conservatory before try to...More

Thank Jeankeane13
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful specimens, beautifully curated. Highly RECOMMENDED! Good for the entire family. Centrally located.

Thank Jeremy K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited recently during a short trip to San Diego. The Botanical Building is lovely and we enjoyed watching the ducks swimming in the Lily Pond. Just beautiful!

Thank MerryGoWorld
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the Botanical garden, great for taking a walk and look at beautiful orchids! Great for a break from the hustle and bustle of the day.

Thank guinever3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous orchids and plants. I love walking through and seeing the amazing plants the grow so wonderfully here

Thank Michele_G_12120
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much beauty in the most minute plants or the most exuberant florals. There is such a wide variety of plants and flowers growing in the botanic house, so be sure to take time during your visit.our visit was on Labor Day Sunday and it...More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the orchid collection and the unique architecture of the building, but wasn't so impressed with the rest of the collection. Regardless, it's worth a free walk around and a photo or 2 or 3.

Thank TravelTipsFromTO
Reviewed 19 August 2017

This is just a lovely building to wander through and see the orchids and other beautiful flora! It was free when we went on a Sunday.

Thank skrose21
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Valerie M
5 February 2016|
Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
If you stay on the paths, you can enjoy the park in two-three hours. If you have more time, you'll enjoy it more because there are several not-on-paths strolls down and up the hills, and of course enjoying the various... More
17 September 2015|
Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
I just saw this question. No, no fees. The park is a great family experience, the grounds are free. You pay for the museums throughout though. And the zoo.