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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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+1 760-436-3036
09:00 - 17:00
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Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees,...

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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Great gardens and a pretty easy walk. Beautiful Bamboo section, that was our favorite. Get there early before the crowds arrive.

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great gardens and a pretty easy walk. Beautiful Bamboo section, that was our favorite. Get there early before the crowds arrive.

Thank Curly
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lots of trails and paths to walk around. I loved the tremendous varieties of trees and flowers. There is a little coffee stand and some tables to sit at. Very relaxing place to wander around. Great views of the ocean.

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Rockwood, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this garden, and were VERY impressed with all the flora and fauna to be found here. Truly one of the nicest botanic gardens we've been to.....and we've been to a lot all around the world. There was an art pleinair event going on this weekend, and it made it even more interesting. Well done, staff.

Thank dukeofargy
Encinitas, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the middle of a busy coastal city lies a sweet secret known to locals as Quail Botanic Garden to others it is known as San Diego Botanic Garden. The garden offers many venues insect festival, fairy festival, art fest, etc . The two children gardens, are a haven for young and old not to mention a great placefor photographers... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

In a garden designed to a large extent to attract and engage kids, it is unlikely that adults will have as much fun. Signage is OK, but hardly original, and the really attractive elements are sculptures and art plunked down among the various types of vegetation organized mostly by geography and moisture requirements. Good for a stroll and as an... More 

1 Thank Lloyd B
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Friendly volunteers working throughout and one driving the electric shuttle made exploring these lovely gardens easy for every ability and age. Don't be discouraged if you have to park in the overflow...the shuttle will take you everywhere.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Nice park, but not anything out of the ordinary. Nice for families with younger kids. And makes for a nice relaxing afternoon

Thank Sarah P
New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

My wife and I were amazed at the many plant and tree varieties at this garden. We walked the grounds for over two hours and enjoyed a nice lunch at the snack stand located in the garden. There areas of interest for all including children. Don't forget to bring your camera, water and good walking shoes. Senior entrance fees were... More 

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Monroe, Connecticut
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

This was our third visit to the San Diego Botanic Gardens. There was an awful lot blooming considering it was just February. The grounds are kept so well and the plant displays are very well done. We took tons of pictures and have enlarged and displayed them in our home for years. We were disappointed in the the changes that... More 

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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The gardens are located outside Encinitas so expect a drive from San Diego. There are many sections to the gardens. They have 37 acres of ground. The paths are in good shape some asphalt and some dirt. Don't be afraid to take them all. The children's area is nice. I liked the succulents. The bamboo garden is very interesting. Don't... More 

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