San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

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  • October 4, 2017
    Local magazines listed the San Diego Botanic Garden as a must see. We were delighted that the recommendation proved true! Patti was about to start a tour when we arrived. Just in time! She was very kn...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    I have visited this site for years and always find something new and exciting in the plant world! It is my favorite place to bring my plant buddies! Besides the normal areas of succulents, cactus, and...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    There are so many incredible plants to see and secret nooks and crannies to explore. The Hamilton Children's Garden is so much fun for little one to explore. There are many special events too.  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    Absolutely love this place. I always go early during the week with my four year old when it's not too crowded and so that he has a chance to play with the activities in the children's garden. The aroma of the plants is so relaxing, very lush and green, and lots to see! Bring plenty of water there is a small cafe to eat at and be prepared for walking. There are plenty of benches around every corner to sit and just gaze at the beauty of this place along with art and sculptures. I enjoy is this place best when it is overcast. Parking availability is always plentiful, staff is always friendly.
  • July 6, 2017
    One of the best botanical gardens in the state. Excellent docent and volunteer programs. Excellent educational programs for kids. Annually holds some great festivals, including an insect fair, holiday Festival of Lights, plus the ever popular Chocolate Festival on the Saturday before Mother's Day. A great place for family fun...
  • June 23, 2017
    All the employees I encountered were very nice and friendly! The grounds are nicely kept, and there is so much to see! We were there for hours and only saw half of it. The Hamilton Children's Garden is super neat! Plenty of interactive areas and games. Better for older toddlers and young kids, rather than one-year-olds. The Seeds of Wonder area is great for younger toddlers, as well as older children.
  • June 15, 2017
    I love to come here for the peace and quiet. I bring my two year old and there are dedicated children's areas with books, toys, treehouses, sandpits, a model railroad, and of course the nature trails. She loves the babbling brooks, the waterfalls, the little lizards scampering about, the turtles in the pond in the bamboo forest, and I love that I can expose her to all of this without having to drive hours out of north county. Then when the terrible twos kick in and daddy needs some serenity now, I come back alone and park myself on one of the many shaded benches and read for an hour or two while enjoying some of the cold brew coffee or kombucha from the snack shack. If you live in the area, or even if you are just visiting, and you need to get away from the congestion and pavement everywhere, you'll be glad you came to the Botanic Gardens.
  • March 5, 2017
    This place is beautiful with lots of areas to explore. All the different trees and plants make it a photographer's paradise. They had a temporary exhibit of interesting statues throughout the gardens that were a treat to see, very artfully crafted. Only complaint would be there was a tapestry exhibit that we couldn't find. Tip: shop closes at 4pm.

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