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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 92103
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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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Great free attraction in Balboa Park

A good destination in Balboa park, with pretty ponds around hundreds of types of plants inside its a great free way to experience Balboa Park

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Tazwell R
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good destination in Balboa park, with pretty ponds around hundreds of types of plants inside its a great free way to experience Balboa Park

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Always beautiful. Beautiful plants and terrific orchids. A tranquil green space in bustling Balboa Park.

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Deming, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sooo many orchids !! Each one more beautiful than the next. Lots of tropical trees and ferns. It is layed out so you can walk the path at your own rate. Very enjoyable for any flower lover.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These gardens are set amongst the lovely houses and gardens about 45 minutes drive from Downtown. The gardens are lovely with forest walks, and sections from all over the world. The children's garden is especially inventive. We also spotted many birds. It lacks a decent cafe for lunch. A few Snacks and drinks are available to buy from a kiosk..... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The botanical gardens were a very pleasant addition to our trip to the Museum of Natural History at Balboa Park. Take 15 minutes to go through the botanical gardens, enjoy the lily pond, and if you are lucky like we were, you can listen to some great live jazz music being played. Everyone is relaxed, you can soak up some... More 

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought it would be bigger but other than some orchids there wasn't much to see. At least it is free.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The orchids are worth a look but the overall exhibit is small. Still, it is enjoyable to walk around the lily pond and spot the turtles. Most of the time there are visiting ducks. And the koi are nice.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lily pond is very picturesque and the botanical building is lovely and interesting. Both are free.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This indoor-outdoor lathe building houses a variety of semi-tropical plant species. When we visited in mid-Winter it was not very showy, except for a modest orchid display. You can walk through to see everything in about 20 minutes, so I wouldn't necessarily suggest a special trip. But if you are in Balboa Park for another reason it is worth walking... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In most parks the Botanical Building would be the focus of tourist attention and would command a healthy entrance fee. In Balboa Park a visit to the Botanical Building is free, but the experience is priceless. The Building is wonderful, probably built a hundred years ago, and it has aged very, very well. We enjoyed the tropical foliage and the... More 

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