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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“balboa park” (329 reviews)
“tropical plants” (25 reviews)
“koi fish” (19 reviews)
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Balboa Park
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"balboa park"
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"tropical plants"
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"koi fish"
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"water lilies"
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"plant life"
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"free admission"
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"on display"
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"ducks"
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"bloom"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Strolling Balboa Park and visiting museums makes for a wonderful day; the setting cannot be beat. Every visit my family and I make to Balboa Park includes a walk through the Botanic gardens and out past the Lily Pond. The gardens offer a variety of...More

Thank Laurie A
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This to me was by far the coolest building in Balboa Park. Basic structure is metal strips rolled and welded to a steel structure, very unique. Inside the building are all sorts of tropical plants and some lovely fountains. Great place for family photos. Outside...More

Thank rduinc
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in Balboa Park - gorgeous orchids and other flowers and botanicals. A lovely stroll and opportunity if you love to take photos.

Thank designerista
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed our stop at the botanical garden, well worth some time, and great photo ops there too. Pop by outside at night, it's all lit up. Tons of tropical plants inside, really something

Thank pudman43
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely structure from the outside and filled with exotic plants and flowers inside. One of the few free buildings in Balboa Park.

Thank Daniel L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lily pond is quite small, with very limited lillies during our visit. It appeared dirty and not well kept. The Botanical Building was nice, there were many types of plants to view. Inside was clean and appeared well maintained.

Thank Ed B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The botanical building and lily pond is nice as a photo backdrop. Inside, it's quite interesting if you like plants or don't mind learning more about a variety of them. Admission is free, you just walk in. If you don't care that much for foliage,...More

Thank emmemell
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lily pond had a duck with adorable ducklings hopping in and out of the water. The botanical building is an icon of the park and is free. Great place for a little rest on the benches as you walk the park. Many exotic plants...More

Thank converge77
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

The orchids here are amazing. Many different kinds. Take lots of pictures and share with friends. Fun for all ages.

Thank Dileep B
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

The Botanical Building and lily pond are beautiful and well worth a visit. Free to the public. The building is one of the original building in the park and in front of it is a very large lily pond, one of the largest in the...More

Thank jer b
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Valerie M
5 February 2016|
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Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
If you stay on the paths, you can enjoy the park in two-three hours. If you have more time, you'll enjoy it more because there are several not-on-paths strolls down and up the hills, and of course enjoying the various... More
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Ivehadthatbrew
17 September 2015|
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Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
I just saw this question. No, no fees. The park is a great family experience, the grounds are free. You pay for the museums throughout though. And the zoo.
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