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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Phone Number: +1 619-239-0512
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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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A plant lovers paradise

This was our first visit to the Botanical building. This is truly a place of serenity. The plants are lush and verdant - it's as though you are walking through a beautiful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Christine B
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San Diego, California
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Fremont, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Botanical building while we were at Balboa Park. Not very impressive at all. We have been to other places are more impressive than this place. The orchids that are there are basics, not exotic at all.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to the Botanical building. This is truly a place of serenity. The plants are lush and verdant - it's as though you are walking through a beautiful jungle paradise. The earthy, loamy smell is one all gardeners will love. I could have meditated in there for hours.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

And the free botanical building is a part of the enjoyment. There is an ever changing interior garden.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From where I am from the botanical gardens are closed in greenhouses, due to the temperature, it was something new for me and my friends to see just a building without glass which hosts the plants inside it. There are lots of gorgeous plants to be seen, especially the orchids.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

. .. this is a good place to watch & see things not familiar to me but my partner likes the plants & different flowers & greens... walk around for hours & snack - just hangging...

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No wonderful plants or exotics. No wonderful bushes or trees. Really nothing to see. Very little color, just green foliage.

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Thank J R R
Norco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice Gardens and ponds. Remember this is free. It is not going to be like the big garden in DC or San Fran. It is still worth the stop and enjoy.

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

This building is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Balboa Park and my overall favorite spots to saunter through or sit and enjoy the amazing plants and flowers. Watch the schedule as they close early, though.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love gardens and have visited them all over the world. This one is special to me because it is close to home. I've had the chance to visit it many times and every time I go I see something new and unusual. If you get the chance, take a docent led tour and go when the butterflies are active.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not much to it, maybe because of the season, but you get a better experience if you just visit the zoo which has beautiful grounds.

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