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. 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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  • We had a very nice walk around conservatory. Different from many others, this botanical garden is covered with wood plaques that allow the wind to breeze inside. Overall is a place that is worth a visit if you are around. Very lively on Sunday mornings.
  • Go breath in the fresh air! My son and I always make our way into the beautiful Botanical building in Balboa Park. The most amazing plants and color. True fresh air in that charming building. Always something blooming. A MUST SEE in Balboa Park, San Diego, Ca.
  • You can't visit the botanical building just once. Lots of care and planning go onto the different botanical displays. You'll see different blooms with the changing seasons. The poinsettia display in December is worth the trip. Another free exhibit in Balboa Park. Be sure to smell the scented geraniums.
  • This is one of the many free botanical gardens in the park. The wooden structure is impressive, there are relaxing water gardens in front, and a huge variety of exotic plants from around the world inside. Some interactive exhibits as well (plants that you are encouraged to touch and smell). Highly suggested during a visit to Balboa Park.
  • Stunning collection of plants! Directly outside the front door there were monarch butterflies and their caterpillars. Nearby, an incredible cactus garden (which needs more attention) and a rose garden which is well kept
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