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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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  • Just another part of the gem that is Balboa Park. Surrounded by historical building housing museums, open field, and walking paths, the botanical building and lily pond are a nice add on to a worthy S...  more »
  • A garden of ornamental tropical plants with clumps of orchids. Nothing rare or original. It looks like a vast greenhouse although it is not one. All in a late XIX century wooden building. It's retro, and it allows to wander au.milieu flowers and greenery.
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  • A little flowery enclosure of orchids and bromeliads. Benches to rest between 2 visits to museums. Free entry.
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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.