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San Diego Botanic Garden

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A place for everyone to enjoy

A great family experience. Hike the many trails that take you through the landscapes from around... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Christine L
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Hong Kong, China
Nice and peaceful visit, amazing display of plants from around the world

Visited the Gardens during a business trip as the zoo was too expensive. The gardens are broken... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
scotttU2747HV
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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...more
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed December 10, 2015

Extensive variety of trees, flowers, plants presented quite tastefully. Nice leisurely walking paths to see the grounds.

5  Thank DavidBecham
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed March 20, 2011

I visited the gardens as advised by the front desk staff at West Inn during the Herb Festival they had this weekend 3/19-3/20. The festival was great, a few children's activities- but I must say a certain volunteer under the name of Elizabeth [---] I...More

5  Thank kachst2011
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A great family experience. Hike the many trails that take you through the landscapes from around the world. One of my favorites is the bamboo forest. Nearby there is a view tower to climb where you can see the ocean and surrounding hills. Hike to...More

Thank Christine L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited the Gardens during a business trip as the zoo was too expensive. The gardens are broken out into regions of the world. It was cool to see the plants from various hemispheres. They have both wide paths and small trails, so it immerses you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great spot for kids - firs tTuesday of the month is free admission. Our two girls (4 and 6) love the kids play area. Huge treehouse with climbing rope and more. Huge building blocks and sand area with trucks etc. and we look at all...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

enjoyed these gardens more. I found them to be interesting, but unkempt. The beauty can be found for nature paths were all around. The plant sale was going on so entry fee was lowered. There were many fruit treees unmarked so many rotten fruit laid...More

Thank SidBo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gardens are superb. The plants are beautiful and well taken care of. My only complaint, and it is minor, is that more plants should be identified. That said, visiting the gardens is a great way to spend 1-2 hours. You could probably spend longer...More

Thank BT20812
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An expensive walk around a garden. Took the kids , Visting from out of town, save your money and go the zoo. Looks like it's not getting the attention it needs, sorry San Diego , you can do better.

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A huge and varied botanical garden, you can easily wander around here all afternoon. Use the little map they give you. The place is very shady and very peaceful, with countless gorgeous trees from different parts of the world, and some amazing-looking plants you will...More

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Reviewed October 9, 2018

My wife and I wandered the grounds for a couple of hours. Watch the weather, by the time we left at noon, it was getting pretty warm. There are plenty of places to stop and rest and lots of shady areas. The children's garden is...More

Thank Henry B
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Off the beaten path. It is due east off I-5, about two miles. We got off at Leucadia. By mid-morning in early October it was getting very warm. Well worth the trip.

Thank zuchrew
Reviewed September 22, 2018

You can travel the world in one place! From a bamboo forest, to waterfalls, to New Zealand shrubs, to cork trees....this garden has it all. It's fabulous. Best or all, there are sculptures sprinkled throughout, sculptures for sale (although I don't know how they come...More

1  Thank John U
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kamahele2
January 11, 2018|
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Response from TraceyFogarty | Reviewed this property |
It is wheelchair accessible, however many of the trails are up and down hilly paths. I would want a partner pushing at times.
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February 16, 2017|
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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.
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