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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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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.
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Balboa Park
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Reviewed yesterday

Usually full of many different kinds of orchids in the arboretum. Lily pond as different lilies and fish. Plants change for Christmas to poinsettas of different color.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dileep B
Reviewed 2 days ago

This historic building in Balboa Park is one of my favorite places. Not only is it a green oasis that's quite a photo spot, you can enjoy a change that match the seasons, such as poinsettia displays for the holiday season. Admission is always free,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 5 days ago

The very large lilly pond is lovely and open whenever the park is. The botanical building has many well arranged plants and trees. There are benches where one can sit and spend more time in this lovely space. It is a very pleasant place to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CalgaryWoman
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifully laid out botanical gardens and historical buildings. Lovely walks and friendly people. Absolutely recommended

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stevel849
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Botanical Building was closed when we got there, but the lily pond was beautiful. The flowers were colorful on the lilies. It was peaceful with the ducks swiming gracefully in the pond.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chick L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building is different from most conservatories I've visited, which were entirely glass enclosed; this one is constructed entirely of wooden arch supported lath. It's a very attractive structure, and very well populated with plants from a wide variety of locales. A very pleasant visit!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building itself looks like it would be a glassed-in conservatory (aka greenhouse) from the outside, but surprisingly it is open to the outside, not glassed in. There is a nice variety of plant-life, including some beautiful orchids. Going through the building took us maybe...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Ohio_Jane_S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an interesting building to visit to see a wide range of plants and flowers. Very calming and relaxing. You can spend at least 30 minutes in the building and at the pond.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Leonard S
Reviewed 7 November 2018

The lily pond and the botanical building is a wonderful and relaxing area to visit. The lily pond is very well kept and is very beautiful. The plants in the botanical building are also very well kept and beautiful. Very nice area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Way2013
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Just a nice spot to wonder around. Some interesting varieties of plants. It’s was a very hot day and the leafy shaded areas were a blessing. I’d recommend this place!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Valerie M
5 February 2016|
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
17 September 2015|
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.