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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Great collection of plants in a poorly managed SDBG.

It starts with inadequate road signage (not everyone uses GPS) which made me miss the turn off to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Robert H
Dana Point, California
Gorgeous plants & flowers

Very large botanical garden with sections from all around the world. Four miles of pathways and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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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.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It starts with inadequate road signage (not everyone uses GPS) which made me miss the turn off to the garden. The Garden's signage of plant names is even worse. Name plates lack elevation making reading them hard and tiring. The map in the visitor guide...More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very large botanical garden with sections from all around the world. Four miles of pathways and exceptional plants

Thank JimH88011
Reviewed 4 days ago

This garden is out of the way, and you drive through some quaint towns and scenic shorelines to get there. But the Gardens were a disappointment. The paths were not clear of debris, and the trails were not marked clearly. What was marked didn't match...More

Thank 340joannea
Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden is really a series of well marked gardens, each one featuring different parts of the world. There is also a children's garden, which is wonderful. They are privately run so the prices are higher than one might expect. They have a snack bar...More

Thank Anaundda E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a lovely place to walk around and yet away from the hustle and bustle of SoCal. there's something for everyone here.

Thank walking-yoga-fan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful walk and artfully designed. Very tranquil setting. Ideally located within easy freeway access, but you'd never know it by the surroundings. Worth the $ if you enjoy this type of activity.

Thank trishdf
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

I have a membership to the garden and love to visit and get a good walk in among the beautiful gardens. They offer a variety of classes as well. I have taken the succulent wreath class and the vertical wall garden class, both of which...More

1  Thank TraceyFogarty
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This place is amazing. I'm always looking for new things to do with my three young boys outside and this place was great for them and so lovely for me. We live nearby and after spending a couple hours there I decided to get the...More

Thank jennychk5
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Encinitas is special, beaches and fresh food. Take a side trip to the botanical garden, learn history, and the plants, walk, views.

Thank KimShermanOaks
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We spent the afternoon at this beautiful garden and truly enjoyed our time. We couldn't wait to walk down the next path to see what amazing beauty nature had in store for us next. We kept commenting about our finds and intrigues. Even as adults...More

Thank Roberta V
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16 February 2017|
Response from Chet P | Reviewed this property |
$2 for parking. $10for seniors. If you get the free museum month card at Macy's all entry fees are half price.