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San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
+1 760-436-3036
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An area jewel

This is one of the county's beauty spots. A well planned garden that displays many native and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BlueNWashington
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Washington DC
Worth a visit

Even though the weather wasn't great, I enjoyed my visit to the Botanic Garden. There is a lot to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AmyD1204
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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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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“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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+1 760-436-3036
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"bamboo forest"
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"fruit trees"
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"quail"
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"different varieties"
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"special events"
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"every month"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the county's beauty spots. A well planned garden that displays many native and non-native trees and plants. Big play area for kids. It's located on a hilly rise, so be aware that there is some uphill/downhill walking to deal with. Great...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though the weather wasn't great, I enjoyed my visit to the Botanic Garden. There is a lot to see with beautiful flowers. I found the map a bit difficult to follow however everything in the garden is well marked so you can find your...More

Thank AmyD1204
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were three adults and one grandson (age 3) in our group. There is an entire area for children. Treehouse, sandbox and an area of A, B, C plants. This is a large open park with many paved and unpaved trails with plenty of benches...More

Thank Al M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in early May 2018 and it was not that impressive - Probably the cold April weather. Strongly suggest an off season rate for visitors.

Thank 487doug
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We recently visited & really enjoyed ourselves. Wonderful specimens, theme gardens, & lovely walks. They have rare & beautiful plants. They have a small restaurant so you can always catch a bite.

Thank lpspiegl
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to spend a few hours to decompress. Very calm and relaxing. Various garden areas highlight different parts of the world, from lush to arid. Love the topiary people!

Thank TrudiC44
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

I didn't know this place existed. friends asked me to go and it was very special day.Blue skies, incredible trees from every country and some flowers. There is lots of walking up and down paths but well worth it.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Don't miss this hidden gem, the San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas which is about a 30 min drive along the coast from downtown. I have been there a few times but this last time was in a group tour as a member of the...More

Thank Borgs5053
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is a lovely, small-ish Botanical Garden. It is well worth a visit if you are in the San Diego area.

Thank BillEBanks
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Plan to spend a day wandering among San Diego’s magnificent botanical gardens. Landscapes are planted representing habitats from desert to bamboo forest with pleasant, gentle walking paths in between. The garden is both stroller and wheelchair accessible. One of my favorite areas is the playful...More

Thank Elizabeth S
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kamahele2
12 January 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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helenX9243LI
17 February 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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