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University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens

900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521-9800
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Great relaxation place.

This place is great, quiet, clean, a lot to see, very educational for kids and adults. Staff are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edward O
Brentwood, California
Love this little, local strolling garden, thank you UCR for sharing!

This is a peaceful place to visit if you just need to connect to nature for a minute! It's just... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Riverside, California
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“turtle pond” (4 reviews)
“native plants” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521-9800
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great, quiet, clean, a lot to see, very educational for kids and adults. Staff are very well versed and knowledgeable. We will visit the place again. We love museum. It’s nice to know the history of this place.

Thank Edward O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a peaceful place to visit if you just need to connect to nature for a minute! It's just big enough that you can change up your stroll routes. I enjoy their occasional plant sales where you can purchase unusual plants not available at...More

Thank ashade13
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a very good place to just go and take a walk and relax. Lots of students drawing the flowers in the gardens.

Thank Chuck W
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Just like one review i read about this place. You get to lot 10 and from there is a little road that takes you to where there is about 10 parking spots closer to the entrance. When you get to the entrance the parking machine...More

Thank chela9992503
Reviewed 11 August 2017

A quaint and large nature park to explore, relax , and enjoy nature . Many trees and plants to check out. Use bug spray before you visit the gardens and try to visit on a cool day or in the morning. Free admission. Recommended.

Thank MandC0218
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is a great place to buy plants when they have their sales. Walk through the free (donations requested) gardens, sit in the shade and smell the roses (beautiful rose garden!), and then look for the flowers you'd like in your own gardens. Parking fee...More

Thank Theresa H
Reviewed 2 June 2017

We spent about two hours here and didn't see everything. There are many trails to explore at some future date. We were a little late in the season to see and photograph the many varieties of cacti in bloom. We really enjoyed the rose garden...More

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Every year I seem to find myself in a walk through the botanic garden. I get a good idea or two for native and drought tolerant plants. For folks with an interest in birding there are a wide variety of birds. Check out the web...More

Thank eahjob
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Parking is 2.00 but worth it. The cactus gardens are spectacular and there are more cactus than you can imagine exist. It is free but it donation of five dollars is requested and it's well worth $5. It is a huge area and really great...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Wonderful place to take an easy stroll or a vigorous walk. Your choice! The plant varieties are plentiful, every season brings something new to see. Birds and butterflies are an added bonus, as well as the turtles in the pond. Twice a year the "Friends...More

1  Thank John E
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Sherrell D
21 August 2017|
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29 January 2017|
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sonia g
24 September 2015|
Response from Friedrich B | Reviewed this property |
not that I am aware of; the parking is limited, though