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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

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Address: Kit Carson Park, Escondido, CA
Phone Number: +1 760-839-4000

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Pretty cool but wish it was opened more.

Attraction is only open a couple times a week and only a few hours at that. I was able to walk around and see some from the outside along the gates. Everything looked pretty cool... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Attraction is only open a couple times a week and only a few hours at that. I was able to walk around and see some from the outside along the gates. Everything looked pretty cool. I will definitely come back when I'm in town again.

Thank paula t
Jenks, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Never would have guessed that this place could be so interesting. Once you learn a little about the history of this place and the lady who made it happen, the place becomes very intriguing. Glad we looked into this attraction while we were in the area

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Fantastic art and sculpture park. Well worth the time to find. It's a little tricky as the signs in the Kit Carson park are not very clear!

Thank PAtraveler138
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Googled things to do north of San Diego. This came up. Friends and family were not aware of this gem in their near by community. To look at these amazing mosaics only wants one to know more about them. We were there on a day when no docents were available but that didn't matter. To spend time with these incredible... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This attraction is located in Kit Carson State Park. Many locals don't even know about it. Very minimal hours--four mornings a week plus one Sat. morning a month. Near the San Diego Wild Animal park.

Thank jchfla
Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

I fell in love with this NIki de Saint Phalle masterpiece before it was built. Once while driving up I-5 a pick-up truck of one of her pieces cam south and I was so tickled and amazed by it I almost drove of the freeway. The sculpture garden is tucked away in Kit Carson Park and it is worth the... More 

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Mission, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

I have been to Queen Califia's Magic Circle many times and enjoy the way I can walk around the art work and experience it directly. I am somewhat of a rockhound and there are many semi-precious stones throughout the work.

Thank cooperschoice
Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Recommend visiting when the docents can tell you so much about the artist . Niki created lovely exhibits all over the world, and Escondido is very fortunate to feature one of her creations

Thank tisha B
Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you love art and mosaics, this is a great stop for a few minutes before or after your visit to the world-famous Safari Park or to the Wineries nearby. Check out some photos online. The place is usually empty. Very cool. Reminds me of some of Gaudi's work in Barcelona!

Thank djodland
San Diego CA
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Delightful to see and I would highly recommend arranging a docent tour to learn the wonderful history behind this work of art and how it ended up in Escondido.

Thank CaChick

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