Botanical Building and Lily Pond, San Diego

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#12 of 58 in Parks in San Diego
Take a break from the city at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, home to Balboa Park's most delicate plant species. See orchids, tropical flowers, ferns, and exotic trees that thrive in the hothouse environment. Admire the reflections of these plants in the clear lily pond--a centerpiece in the conservatory. Admission to this protected paradise is free. Planning San Diego trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • The orchids here are amazing. Many different kinds. Take lots of pictures and share with friends. Fun for all ages.  more »
  • 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, on...  more »
  • The building of this botanical garden is beautiful and travel within it, is very nice. There are some very interesting and rare plants.
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  • I didn't even know that San Diego has a Botanical Garden and it's FREE! I must have taken like 100 pictures and was truly amazed on how exotic the plants/flowers that are inside the greenhouse. I was so fascinated by all the orchids and how everything was planted. The fig tree was huge and intriguing. So many vibrant colors and my favorite of them all is the "Lady's Slipper Orchid." Literally looks like a slipper, but it's the most beautiful slipper I have ever seen.
  • My only complaint is that the garden is not bigger. They currently have a wide variety of orchids and ferns. The Lilly pool has been cleaned out, but looks like they are starting over again. Typical street vendors throughout Balboa Park, make this a fantastic free visit for both locals and tourists.
  • If you have a limited time to spend in San Diego, make Balboa Park a priority! The world renowned Zoo is within the park as us a beautiful Japanese garden, rose gardens, Spanish architecture, musicians, theaters (summer nights can be spent watching theater groups perform open air), science museum and of course beautiful park grounds to picnic, relax or jog. You just have to see this jewel.
  • One of my must stop places in San Diego. It's a place of mystical beauty. There are several kitschy places of which hard to find fruit drinks can be purchased. Open concept tiki style eateries with outside 2 and 4 top tables make it an extra special place to have lunch in the sunshine.
  • A serene Botanical garden inside Balboa Park. You can walk through the garden and enjoy some amazing varieties of plants, herbs and flowers. Very informative and very cool. They always have fantastic collection of orchids round the year to enjoy. There are some nice seating arrangements outside the garden by the koi pond. A must visit if you like plants and love gardening.
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