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“A hidden gem in San Diego”

San Diego Botanic Garden
Ranked #4 of 42 things to do in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety of microclimates giving the visitor a sensation of going from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, all within 37 acres.Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. In June of 2009, we opened the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast.
Reviewed 10 April 2018

Don't miss this hidden gem, the San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas which is about a 30 min drive along the coast from downtown. I have been there a few times but this last time was in a group tour as a member of the San Diego Tour Guide Association. We were all amazed at the beautiful displays of plants from around the world. It's really a great addition to many places that we can take people in San Diego. A little off the beaten path but well worth the short trip up the coast.

Thank Borgs5053
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"tree house"
in 23 reviews
"children's area"
in 17 reviews
"fruit trees"
in 15 reviews
"new zealand"
in 14 reviews
"native plants"
in 13 reviews
"gift shop"
in 23 reviews
"for sale"
in 19 reviews
in 13 reviews
"bamboo area"
in 5 reviews
"chocolate festival"
in 5 reviews
"different varieties"
in 5 reviews
"special events"
in 7 reviews
"every month"
in 5 reviews
"great place for kids"
in 6 reviews
"all ages"
in 14 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 7 reviews
"san diego"
in 17 reviews

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is a lovely, small-ish Botanical Garden. It is well worth a visit if you are in the San Diego area.

Thank BillEBanks
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Plan to spend a day wandering among San Diego’s magnificent botanical gardens. Landscapes are planted representing habitats from desert to bamboo forest with pleasant, gentle walking paths in between. The garden is both stroller and wheelchair accessible. One of my favorite areas is the playful children’s garden with a little house to explore, fun sculptures, and sturdy music making devices. Don’t miss the gift shop that has many plants for sale as well as a selection of gardening books and the usual tea towels.

Thank Elizabeth S
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

We love to visit botanic gardens in different areas of the country. This was a favorite! There's a lot to see, without it being overwhelming. Each area was gorgeous, many amazing plants to see and smell, lots of birds, little waterfalls, and beautiful artwork. A delight for the senses.

There are many trails to follow, a cute gift shop, cafe (we did not eat here), and a coffee shop that employees people with disabilities. The children's garden was great fun even tho we are long past childhood!

It could be a nice place to visit on a cold day, altho it was in the 60's when we were there.

Thank Kimbolina55
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Lots of trails and playgrounds for 3 young girls! 9,5 and 2, they had great fun in the playgrounds and could of stayed a lot longer! We were tempted to get a season pass, but my niece thought that they could schedule their next visit on the free day they have every month. I live back in the cold over 2,000 miles away, so it was a big treat for me as well!

Thank Kendall S
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