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Botanical Building and Lily Pond, San Diego
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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. Using our international travel planner, San Diego attractions like Botanical Building and Lily Pond can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was in San Diego on biz and met up with a family member to take in some of the city with my limited time. We got an Uber to the botanical building knowing we wouldn't have enough time to explore all...  more »
  • Excellent day time visit...closes at 4pm. Wonderful exotic plants living in this fantastic building, well preserved and maintained, beautiful atmosphere...and Lily Pond. 
  • This is a great stop while you visit Balboa park. the plants are varied and kept in great shape. there was an orchid show and display while i was there. 
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  • This garden is nice and serene. I went with my two boys (a toddler and an infant) and had to stop and nurse the little one. I found a quiet spot close to a little water feature that was perfect. Outside of the building is a huge koi pond where, if you're lucky, you might see ducks feeding the fish. The garden not very big, but it's beautiful and worth visiting if you are at Balboa Park.
  • Good exhibit but not much information on the plants. The building is very cool.
  • Awesome (and free!) exhibit with a wide range of flora from all over the world. There's a particularly large collection of orchids, and an area where you can touch plants like peppermint and smell them. My favourite part was a sculpture of a Vietnamese landscape. Check this place out if you get the chance.
  • Lovely place. Great for a Sunday afternoon stroll. Good place to hand out an people watch!
  • This is a very nice garden with Ferns and exotic plants. The building is really cool but needs maintenance help because it's made of wood for the shell. It is about a half an hour of entertainment unless you are a photographer.