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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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Address: 18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
Phone Number:
+1 707-964-4352
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays...

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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Nice walk in a beautiful garden

This place is good for people of all ages and for wheel-chairs. The garden is so nice and you find a lot of volunteers, who care and work there. After a short walk you have a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Babenhausen, Germany
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Babenhausen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is good for people of all ages and for wheel-chairs. The garden is so nice and you find a lot of volunteers, who care and work there. After a short walk you have a great ocean view and a bench to sit on and watch the waves coming in. We loved this place a lot.

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It has beautiful botanical gardens, nice short trails and great ocean view. This is a nice stop along HWY-1 for couple hours just outside Fort Bragg.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do this - I have a physical walking challenge. But - the lovely ladies in the gift shop told me that I could rent a scooter and this made all the difference in the world! The trails are so well marked. (There were a few I could not go on... More 

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Corona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like gardens then come here! They were setting up for Christmas so I got a sneak peek at all the lights. Make sure you go with plenty of time to wonder around. And for sure get out to the cliffs and sit a while and watch the waves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a cloudy damp day but enjoyed our visit very much! We walked along several garden areas leading up to the Cliff House with expansive, unobstructed views of the gorgeous rock lined Pacific Ocean. Recommendation: take the easy trail up...there are two options and obviously the way trail is a flat rise. All in all, thoroughly impressed and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoying the Fort Bragg vibe for over 4 days and it rained happily all 4 days. So it was no surprise that our experiences in the Gardens was going to be a rainy day. Free umbrellas are provided here but we wanted to play in this rain. You see, this was not going to be a "normal" day :-) Captain... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

But for anyone who appreciates the diversity of flora supported along the wild Pacific Coast, this is a worthy place to visit. You may pack a picnic lunch if desired, and also, it's a pet-friendly area.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So much beauty, such variety, colors, shapes, the unexpected...well cared for...worth the admission fee.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving in was really nice and got us excited to explore the grounds. We walked in and was looking around if payment was needed. Older gentleman was not friendly! Didn't acknowledge us plus when I spoke to him he just ignored me and just looked at my other half for a response. Payment was $14 which was a bit steep.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was enjoyable. Good scenery and smells from the plants/tress. Worth going and has a nice gift shop!

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