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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
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A botanical garden and state park like area in one! You can spend a long time here. They also... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gina S
Seaside, California
Unexpectetly Excellent - Daphne Displays Amazing

Beautiful and well maintained grounds, interesting floral displays and good clifftop hiking trails... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sonoma, California
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers. With manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, native flora and habitats, fern-covered canyons, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and conifers, heaths and heathers, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the blue ocean, the garden is a jewel on the Pacific Coast. Open daily except the Saturday after Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. March-October 9am-5pm, November-February 9am-4pm. Rhody's Cafe, located in the Gardens, serves fresh, locally made lunches, coffee drinks, desserts, and Cowlicks'Hand Made Ice Cream. Picnic lunches are available. Open April-September, 11am-4pm. The Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaza are open daily. There is no admission charge to visit the Store, Nursery, or Cafe. ~Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems.~
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A botanical garden and state park like area in one! You can spend a long time here. They also have a cool vegetable garden. Dogs are allowed too.

Thank Gina S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful and well maintained grounds, interesting floral displays and good clifftop hiking trails overlooking the sea. The have "storm shelters" for watching the wave action during blustery winter days, something that we'd like to try for a winter visit.

Thank Chasmo99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here on the way out of town and wished we had reserved more time in the beginning. We were awestruck with the beauty.

Thank Michele M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has it all. Beautiful gardens of flowers, trails, views of the ocean and is very peaceful. Young kids might get board quickly if they are not into viewing all te gardens

Thank b4pack
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At 47 acres, there's a lot to see and it's well laid out and marked. Even in December there were lovely plants and the horticulturalist at the retail shop was exceeding knowledgeable and helpful. If you have kids, there are some Pokemon stops and gyms...More

1  Thank lissa74
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We haven't been to the botanical gardens in years. We just went again and all i can say is WOW! This is such a beautiful place and has improved so much. The Dahlias were in bloom and were magical. There are two routes you can...More

1  Thank Jim K
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

A must see!!! They did an amazing job this year. The Gardens are always lovely but this is a holiday treat!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 19 November 2017

On our October driving tour of the Northern California coast, I was looking forward to seeing the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, which has been touted as one of the top 10 botanical gardens in the US. While there are a few nice areas near the...More

Thank Eileen144
Reviewed 16 November 2017

We recently went on a Saturday in November and it was quite lovely. Although not everything was in bloom, we still saw a few dahlias, roses and colorful trees. Oh and lots of interesting, wild mushrooms. This is a great garden with access to the...More

Thank TulaKitty
Reviewed 15 November 2017

My wife and I really enjoyed the gardens. We happened to get lucky and arrive right before a guided tour started. I highly recommend this tour - very informative.

Thank JohnRussellCox
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18 February 2017|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hi! Our property is 47 acres and about 1/2 mile to the ocean from the entrance (one-way). We usually recommend at least one and a half hours to see all of the collections and areas of interest. Our Café will be open in May... More
Grace W
14 October 2016|
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Response from Candace F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, general admission:(over 18) $14 senior (over 65) $10 junior (5-17) $5 group (12 or more) $7.50
13 June 2016|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hi there! We have a range of admission fees, see below: $14.00 General (18 and older) $10.00 Seniors (65 and older) $ 7.00 MCRPD Resident (Gualala to Westport) $ 7.00 Active Duty Military Personnel $ 5.00 Juniors (aged... More