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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Relaxing gardens

A nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a relaxing stroll around the lovely... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brian W
Lake District, United Kingdom
Walk off that Santa Barbara lunch and learn something at the same time....

1. Great variety of walks for all types - short, long 2. Excellent native plant sale at very good... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Redlands, California
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With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity.The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety...more
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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Although they refer to themselves as a botanical garden, it's more of a cross between a botanical garden and a preserve. It does have a few special areas but for the most part you walk through these paths through beautiful trees, meadows and gardens. It's...More

Thank jeffreyhicken
Reviewed 1 week ago

A favorite place to walk and clear your mind, some amazing views of the city and mountains (ask where to find them). Redwood forest, creeks, native plants to view and to buy. Gift shop with some beautiful paintings by local artists.

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Botanic Garden is in a canyon, which creates an interesting mix of micro climates/environments, and affords a greater diversity of plant life than you might see in a different location. The staff are friendly and informative. There is come interesting history regarding the "water...More

Thank Barry W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a relaxing stroll around the lovely gardens.

Thank Brian W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entrance is $10/senior (expensive considering the smallish size) and we spent an hour strolling around the grounds. It is nice and focused on native plants in the area. There were several forks in the path and some better signage would have been appreciated.

Thank 140SusanM140
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a lovely couple of hours here late one afternoon two weeks ago. We walked the paths and trails and thoroughly enjoyed the plants, the terrain, the signage. It's a true botanical gem. Nice gift shop and plant nursery. Very pleasant staff, too.

Thank ilovebirdsky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

1. Great variety of walks for all types - short, long 2. Excellent native plant sale at very good prices! 3. Very nice views of the ocean from the hillside above Santa Barbara This is an all-native species botanic garden, so don't expect a Descanso...More

Thank OrangeOrb
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We were here in September, so there weren't a lot of flowers blooming. We had a nice walk through the forest area and desert terrain. From what I understand, May is a wonderful time to visit.

Thank Dyanne2014
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

Nice quiet place conserving California flora. Nice staff, peaceful ambience. New lookout on the other side of the road is a nice rest with amazing view. Park is nice if you fully the enjoy nature and it's peacefulness. Don't expect a enormous park or entertainment....More

Thank LuukA8
Reviewed September 28, 2018

Because we are from the south this Botanical Garden did not show very well. I am aware the plants are different here because of the lack of water but that does not make for a very interesting display. There are a few redwoods here and...More

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April 28, 2018|
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Response from Flannery H | Property representative |
Yes, the poppies are in full bloom! We hope to see you soon!
January 31, 2017|
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Response from Barbara B | Property representative |
Hello We do allow dogs on leash in our garden as well as dogs in strollers, but please know that there are many beautiful parts of our garden that you cannot reach with a stroller. Many visitors with strollers often park... More
Dena M
August 12, 2016|
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Response from abacusz | Reviewed this property |
Like those above, we were springtime visitors. The garden is not geared around manicured blooming flowers, but more to a natural environment, which includes a dessert growth area (cactus), redwoods, plus a Japanese tea... More