Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara

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Established in 1926, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden displays California's rare and indigenous plants in their natural setting. Located on 32 hectares (78 acres), this is California's oldest botanic garden, dedicated to research, education, and conservation. You can discover over 1,000 different species by following the garden's network of scenic trails, which stretch for over 9 km (5 mi) and offer sweeping views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Don’t miss one of the garden's signature features--an old rock dam--constructed in 1806 by Native Americans. Be sure to walk all the way to the garden's redwood grove, a cool resting place even on the hottest of summer days. Plan to visit Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Santa Barbara attractions using our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder .
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  • The walkway is relatively easy with lots of nice places to sit and enjoy the plants. Families brought in picnics. There is a gift shop and a place to buy plants. Be sure to walk across the street for ...  more »
  • A sizeable botanic garden showing California plants and trees. Wonderful old redwoods for example. Demonstration gardens, a nursery selling plants, a small Japanese teahouse, and trails for miles as w...  more »
  • We took my husbands parents and it was beautiful. The walkways were nice and clean, easy walk, well maintained. It gave you options on paths depending on how much time you had. Some areas were labeled...  more »
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  • The S.B. Botanical Garden is way overpriced ($12 per person). The garden had many areas that were dry. It feels like taking a hike in a small state park. If it was $5 or $6 per person, maybe it would be okay. Your better option is to take the nearby hike on Tunnel Road up to Inspiration Point (FREE) or walk around a nice S.B. neighborhood to check out the landscaping. Don't visit the S.B. Botanical Garden; it is way overpriced for what you get.
  • It's nice enough that I bought a membership but don't come here expecting to see a lot of flowers. it is a nice walk and you can bring your dog and there are redwoods and places to picnic.
  • A place you must visit when going to SB. It's so beautiful being in nature and when it's quiet everything seems so much better. Totally worth every penny spent and such a cute little gift shop. A place I'd visit every time I go down to SB. Great and enthusiastic staff, they are so nice and helpful.
  • Excellent place to visit. Beautiful blossoming flowers native to the area. Lots of natural trails to hike. Suitable for wheelchair access. My niece was able to use her chair over at least 80% of the park. Must see during a visit to Santa Barbara.
  • Really great place to take the family or a date. Great for picnics. Most of the trails are shaded so it's even good on a hot day. The downside is it's $12 for adults and $8 for students. That's a decent amount when there are so many great hikes in Montecito for free. You won't see anywhere near the variety of plant life on those trails though. They have docents that give tours for free but I haven't done it yet. Check it redwoods, dams from to the 1700's, wildlife and flowers, and a Japanese tea garden.

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