UC Riverside Botanic Gardens, Riverside

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  • I have taken my kids to the gardens on several ocassion's, more so when they were little. It is nice to stroll among the plants and learn about different varitie's. When my kids were younger they love...  more »
  • Very well done and well-marked, educational, excellently laid out with good trails. Some very steep slopes, some dusty, but very well designed and maintained-- neat, trimmed, clean. Wide variety of pl...  more »
  • Gorgeous looks at nature and a relaxing place for a walk. Very small fee to get in ($5 donation to URC).  more »
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  • Great nature. Awesome veiws. I'll go back again any time I go to California.
  • Just beautiful I really enjoyed the nature walk and the scenery great place to take the family the little ones as well as disabled people
  • This is probably my most favorite place to go to when I just want to relax and go on a tiny exploration. I love coming here to read, have tiny cute picnics, and insect watch. This place does close at 5pm everyday and I believe parking was $1.50 for 1 hour and I think $2.50 for 2 hours... They also now accept credit/debit cards at the parking pass dispenser, which is great because I hardly ever carry spare change with me. Also, if you come here I highly recommend staying for 2 hours, because one hour just simply isn't enough. Parking is also limited so if you do come here in a group with many cars you will have a hard time finding parking due to the lot being a tad bit small. Carpool if you can. They also have a bike rack right when you enter the gardens on your right hand side. So if you would like to be more eco friendly and ride here instead, you do have a place to lock up your bikes. This is a pretty big garden and there is so much to see and explore. This is a great place for kids, because they get to learn about different types of plants, insects, and birds. I do recommend to be vigilant of your kids, because these are well kept plants and destroying them would not be nice to the volunteers, plants, and gardeners. Also, there have been snake and mountain lion sightings here. Just be safe. I do come here often and I myself haven't encountered either of the two, but you never know. They also post a variety of events which are all placed on their info board along with maps, brochures, and other important information. Things to bring: Hat, Water (always bring water regardless of the temperatures), comfortable walking shoes (I brought sandals here once... Not a great idea), comfortable clothing, and a camera if you have one, because the plants and insects here are just so beautiful! Anyway, more pictures to come, because this place is so big and haven't taken pictures of many areas yet.
  • Came here on a sunny Sunday and had a great time. Nice variety of plants and they have a butterfly garden!
  • This is so far one of the best places I have visited. The nature is so amazing. If looking for a place to relax and get out of the city for a bit just come here, you will not regret it.

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