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Botanical Building & Lily Pond

Botanical Garden, Monument / Landmark, and Garden
Balboa Park, San Diego
  • Carrie B.
    "Tons of orchids & some really cool exotic plants."(3 Tips)
    Liz Z.
    "peaceful with performers and lots"(4 Tips)
27 Tips and reviews
  • orchids
  • flowers
  • picnics
  • quiet
  • park
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  • Sasha D.
    Super relax place. Great atmosphere and positive vibes! Beers are icy cold too!!!!
  • Liz Z.
    Liz ZahnFebruary 18
    The inside has lots of neat plants, but could use some upkeep. The outside is peaceful with performers and lots of grassy spots to relax.
  • Mattress M.
    Mattress ManDecember 14, 2015
    I love it here
  • Antoine R.
    Antoine R.May 25, 2015
    Great garden views!
  • Alfa S.
    Alfa SantosNovember 23, 2014
    It's only peaceful and quiet during the week. They tend to be crowded on the weekends.
  • Jeff N.
    Jeff NesthusOctober 31, 2014
    Look for the scent garden in the Botanical gardens. You can rub and smell all sorts of herbs. Breathe deeply!
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BillingJune 19, 2014
    Tons of orchids & some really cool exotic plants. Beautiful
  • Leslie
    LeslieFebruary 9, 2014
    Very beautiful
  • Derek V.
    Derek VelezSeptember 5, 2013
    Nice spot to take photos as well as sit and relax. It's even better to check out the plants in the building and wonder how it could be for free.
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn MAugust 16, 2013
    Look for things hidden in the plants.
  • Kevind
    KevindJune 23, 2013
    Screaming child? Won't behave? Threaten to feed them to Haemanthus Puniceus, head first.
  • F E.
    F EbrahimApril 11, 2013
    It's closed whenever I come! :(
  • Joe R.
    Joe RealzolaMarch 9, 2013
    Free all day!
  • Holly S.
    Holly StevensMarch 5, 2013
    Did you know at one time, children could swim in what are now the Lilly ponds? Yep.
  • Aliza C.
    Aliza CarpioMarch 25, 2012
    Sundays are busy with families...get to the park by noon to find parking easily
  • Colette G.
    Colette GallagherFebruary 2, 2012
    Nice place to sit. The bridge is cool.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GiffenDecember 7, 2011
    This place is a must-visit during the Spring/Summer when everything is in full bloom. The plants are much more dormant in the winter.
    MattersOfGrey.comOctober 16, 2011
    Come here during the spring to see all of the orchids out on display
  • Daisy E.
    Daisy E. PadaonMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite place in Balboa Park.
  • Dang N.
    Dang NguyenMarch 3, 2011
    Closed on Thursdays
  • Jared G.
    Jared GummigJanuary 18, 2011
    Nice selection of different types of orchids.
  • Gerald G.
    Gerald GapusanAugust 18, 2010
    Always FREE!!!
  • Anup M.
    Anup MarwadiJuly 10, 2010
    Really serene! Must visit place
  • Calypso J.
    Calypso JargonApril 16, 2010
    Go right before it opens on a Friday morning and listen to the bells as they chime and the doors are finally opened. Then absorb the calming atmosphere of the botanical garden.
  • Angel D.
    Angel DiazApril 8, 2010
    visit this place
  • Kelly
    KellyMarch 14, 2010
    A beautiful place to go, eat lunch by the fountains outside
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.April 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    ¿Donde estan las tortugas?
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