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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Peaceful and refreshing

Great for a quiet walk among the desert flowers, cacti and citrus trees. There is a platform for... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2016
Kenneth M
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Love this place!

My wife and I visit at least once a year. It's just a short drive north of San Diego and they have... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
Dave G
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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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“tree house” (23 reviews)
“children's area” (17 reviews)
“bamboo forest” (16 reviews)
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Great for a quiet walk among the desert flowers, cacti and citrus trees. There is a platform for viewing the ocean. I believe it is available for private events. It looked like a wedding or renewal of vows was in progress when we were there....More

Thank Kenneth M
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Reviewed October 3, 2016

My wife and I visit at least once a year. It's just a short drive north of San Diego and they have a wonderful plant collection. There are plenty of trails to walk along, and all of them are themed (mostly geographically). There's a nice...More

Thank Dave G
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Reviewed September 28, 2016

Formerly Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, I finally went to see what the fuss was all about. I love palms, succulents, African and Australian plants, so it did not disappoint. Camera ready to shoot, I set out on the trail and saw happy anthuriums growing...More

Thank Harriet W
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

This used to be called Quail Gardens, the name changes a couple of years ago. One can spend hours enjoyably visiting different plants, there are also waterfalls and ponds. Well worth a few hours. They also have programs for kids, which my grandson loves.

Thank m p
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Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Walked through the garden and it's very nice and peaceful. A huge variety of plants. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Thank Ally H
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Reviewed September 16, 2016

Spent 2-3 hours here on a Sunday afternoon while visiting San Diego in September. I enjoyed walking through the entire gardens layout. Beautiful displays and very easy to navigate map. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys gardening and viewing flora from around the...More

Thank whippetguy
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Reviewed September 14, 2016

This garden is not set up as a formal botanic garden as some are. It is rambling and wild and beautiful. The varieties of plants from different regions is amazing and the bamboo forest is something not to be missed. The only thing that would...More

Thank Katherine W
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Reviewed September 14, 2016

Beautiful walkways with interesting sculptures. Nice place for children to play in a tree house or small stream. Flowers and fauna are beautiful

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Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

I have been coming to Southern California for 10 years and this is my first visit but not my last. I had bought my mother here. They had two wheelchairs you can use. First come first service. I think some locations would be hard to...More

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Reviewed September 9, 2016

We try to visit every year. We took a self-guided tour of this unique exhibit, This year tt spotlights 53 sculptures from 32 artists. The works are all for sale because this is not only a showcase for garden sculpture, but also part of the...More

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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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