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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Sensational Gardens

A sign in the parking lot says, "One of the top 10 gardens in the WORLD." It more than meets this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Long Beach, CA
Family Visit

This Botanic Garden was great. There were exceptional plants and the visitor center was very... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
raymond f
Cloverdale, California
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A sign in the parking lot says, "One of the top 10 gardens in the WORLD." It more than meets this listing. We have been to many botanical gardens throughout the world and this one merits the title. The garden is very well maintained and...More

Thank rjhaardvark
Reviewed 11 November 2017

This Botanic Garden was great. There were exceptional plants and the visitor center was very informative. We were able to get a senior discount which helped defray the admission charge. All staff were well informed and very friendly. The garden is well designed and there...More

Thank raymond f
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Beautiful garden with so much variety. We enjoyed our 3 hours visiting and walking along the nice paths.

Thank chandlertravelers
Reviewed 19 October 2017

This garden is not 5 star-worthy but a nice place to visit. The signage is lacking in many areas, several sections seem to be better cared for than others. Overall, a good way to spend a few hours and to find some shade on a...More

Thank 38Happytravels
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We went here on a hot day and found plenty of shade and quiet spots to unwind. So many amazing plants and well-designed gardens to show them off. The children's garden was also a fun place to visit - our 11 year old son liked...More

Thank zincognito
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We really enjoyed our 3 hour visit wandering around the gardens. It is laid out nicely and very easy to navigate. All the different gardens were wonderful. We really liked the Australian one the best (the New Zealand was a bit of a let down)....More

Thank KeSuLu
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

My daughter(adult) and I had 2 hours to spend yesterday afternoon and wanted to do an activity that kept us out of the sun. This was a great place to learn about the vegetation in different parts of the world- very child friendly, with military...More

Thank thomas-Sommer
Reviewed 5 October 2017

The gardens have various areas to view plants from different countries. There is a children's garden with activities for small children. Plan to spend some time to see everything in the 37-acre park.

Thank billcS8819EK
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Local magazines listed the San Diego Botanic Garden as a must see. We were delighted that the recommendation proved true! Patti was about to start a tour when we arrived. Just in time! She was very knowledgeable, fun and engaging. Great representation of florals, trees...More

Thank Concord119
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I have visited this site for years and always find something new and exciting in the plant world! It is my favorite place to bring my plant buddies! Besides the normal areas of succulents, cactus, and flowers, they have tropicals, nut trees, trees from around...More

Thank Anna M
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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.