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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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+1 619-239-0512
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10:00 - 16:00
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Fri - Wed 10:00 - 16:00
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Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found...

Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.

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Beauty in a very natural setting

By entering these doors, you will step into a garden that gives you the feeling that you are outdoors. The lush vegetation, the beautiful orchids and many unusual plants are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hood River, OR, United States
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Hood River, OR, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

By entering these doors, you will step into a garden that gives you the feeling that you are outdoors. The lush vegetation, the beautiful orchids and many unusual plants are there to see.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the "touch and smell" section of plants, that was just such a good idea! I'm from Florida so this garden had some plants that I had never seen before until now. Beautiful!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The enclosed botanic garden in the Balboa Park worth the visit. It is a nice place to walk around with lovely plants.

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Belle Fourche, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are alot of different plants and flowers here and just outside they have a pond with some huge goldfish. This place is close by Balboa Park so you would be able to see both attractions in one day.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Botanical Building is always free and open to the public, and has a really interesting collection of plants from around the world. Add the variety of poinsettia plants in all colors, and it makes a great Christmas treat.

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Belle Fourche, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of going to admire this with my dad who is in a scooter and it is handicap accessible for those who can't walk. Was in awe as I walked around looking at all the things they have to share with tourists. Every person I saw was friendly and made me feel right at home. explained things... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is great place to visit when your In San Diego. I have lived here all my life but always find time to visit. Right outside the botanical garden they have Coy fish. Its beautiful. You more likely see young ladies in the sweet 15 dresses posing for pictures or / and brides, models or just artist painting the building... More 

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Finger Lakes, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Botanical Building has an amazing collection of plants that show off what can be done horticulturally in winter in this special climate. This will appeal both to visitors who know exotic plants, as well as those who appreciate the vibrant show of color for the Christmas season. San Diego is the home of Poinsettas, and they are featured prominently.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love wandering among the tropical plants...why head to Hawaii when you can experience the flora here?

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Botanical Bulding and Lily Pond is my go-to spot in Balboa Park, especially during their Christmas celebration. During the park's December Days the Botanical Building features numerous pots and colors of poinsettias. For an awesome display, enjoy the flowers in the Botanical Building. You can also tour the outdoor nativity scenes adjacent to the organ pavillion; both are free... More 

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