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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Excellent bamboo exhibit

This garden is not 5 star-worthy but a nice place to visit. The signage is lacking in many areas... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
San Diego, California
Beautiful, peaceful place to spend a hot afternoon

We went here on a hot day and found plenty of shade and quiet spots to unwind. So many amazing... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Edmonton, Canada
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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%
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many incredible plants to see and secret nooks and crannies to explore. The Hamilton Children's Garden is so much fun for little one to explore. There are many special events too.

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank JimH88011
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17 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.