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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“balboa park” (328 reviews)
“tropical plants” (25 reviews)
“koi fish” (19 reviews)
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Balboa Park
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"balboa park"
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"tropical plants"
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"koi fish"
in 19 reviews
"water lilies"
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"plant life"
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"free admission"
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"on display"
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"greenhouse"
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"poinsettias"
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"ducks"
in 24 reviews
"bloom"
in 24 reviews
"structure"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The architecture of the building is something to see and the vegetation inside is quite remarkable. The vistas of the pond with surrounding buildings makes for great photo ops!

Thank 23rita
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Of you like botanical gardens, you'll thoroughly enjoy this one on Balboa Park. Lots of exotics and more. LOTS of people, too, so come prepared to snake your way through the crowd.

1  Thank jaseaton
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved watching the ducks and ducklings by the lily pond. Then we entered the Botanical Building. It reminded me in some ways of the Climatron at MO Botanical Building in St. Louis as it houses many similar plants. But the architecture and design is...More

Thank KasStL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice small pavilion with beautiful plants and flowers. It is free unlike most of the things in this park. However, best plants and flowers are across the street in Rose Garden. Do not miss that place. Cactuses there are incredible and roses...More

1  Thank Igorek007
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must visit during your stay in San Diego. It's great any time of the year and features wonderful flower and plant displays and is a lovely spot to take photos.

Thank Paula W
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

We always stop here to see the flowers and enjoy the park . We were sitting on the bench by the Lily Pond when a mother and her baby ducks came right in front of us. It was so cute we got a video of...More

Thank Sissy581
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

We love the botanical gardens in NY with their classic conservatories, but this one in San Diego is very unique with it wood slot structure. It is small but very beautiful and makes for an excellent photo opportunity.

1  Thank pedz55
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This is one of the free buildings at Balboa park. It had a lovely display of orchids when we were there and the outside has a large pond area where you can also relax.

1  Thank SKG125
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Every visit to this unusual botanical building is a new adventure. Plants are changing all the time, and the poinsettias at Christmas time are out of this world.

Thank William A
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

I had high hopes for this one, but really not much to see. Go to the museums and outdoor gardens, much better.

Thank moc4
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Valerie M
5 February 2016|
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Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
If you stay on the paths, you can enjoy the park in two-three hours. If you have more time, you'll enjoy it more because there are several not-on-paths strolls down and up the hills, and of course enjoying the various... More
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Ivehadthatbrew
17 September 2015|
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Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
I just saw this question. No, no fees. The park is a great family experience, the grounds are free. You pay for the museums throughout though. And the zoo.
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