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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Beautiful walks along many different kinds of paths and trails

Paved trails suitable for wheelchairs or strollers, dirt trails for those who want a more rugged... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
AprilLovesToTravel
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Andover, Massachusetts
A nice day trip

We visited on a Friday morning and enjoyed a nice hike and beautiful views of nature...spring... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ThreeChapters213
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Fresno, California
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With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity.The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants. With over 1,000 different taxa of plants on display there is always something new to experience. Stroll the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Tea House and Garden, and the spectacular views along the Porter Trail. Experience the quiet cool of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the knockout punch of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden welcomes visitors seven days a week, rain or shine. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and during some special events.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“native plants” (59 reviews)
“redwood trees” (21 reviews)
“gift shop” (43 reviews)
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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
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"nice hike"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Paved trails suitable for wheelchairs or strollers, dirt trails for those who want a more rugged walk, different sections with varied views and plants, good signage, and a well stocked gift store. Explore desert paths, a meadow, a redwoods trail, a walk through the canyon...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited on a Friday morning and enjoyed a nice hike and beautiful views of nature...spring flowers in bloom were awesome!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

pleasant place to spend a few hours, more if youre a real garden or horticulturalist. I caught the trolley there but may not still provide this service

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely hike with beautiful flowers and great scenic views when you cross the street and hike a short distance up a hill. Very peaceful enjoyed everything about it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Botanic Garden at a perfect time when the poppies were all in bloom. There was a whole field of them and it was beautiful. The garden is quite big at 78 acres and it has several areas such as desert, redwoods, and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a raving botanical garden fan. I traveled here thinking the SB BG would be awe inspiring. I mean, really traveled here. Lost a day + of vacation traveled... It has nice points. There is a meadow of poppies when in bloom. And a...More

Thank Becky208
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is not a manicured city garden but a wild and varied ecosystem in the foothills above Santa Barbara. Its five-and-a-half miles of trails, both dirt and stone, lead through forest, flowers gardens, meadows, desertscape, on bridges over creeks, by the...More

Thank Janet F
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We visited the botanic gardens for the first time on a beautiful afternoon in February. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes so you can enjoy hiking the trails along the creek, through the canyon and woodlands,and into the foot lands. Along the way you will...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We needed to stretch our legs after a few days at a conference and chose to come here just as it opened. This is the oldest botanical garden in California and features native plants only. The loop trail, about .5 mile of easy but interesting...More

Thank Erik707
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Terrific place to visit. It's a beautiful walk to check out California species from cactus to a redwood forest. Dog friendly & very relaxing.

Thank Tamar H
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dp93313
1 February 2017|
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Response from Barbara B | Property representative |
Hello We do allow dogs on leash in our garden as well as dogs in strollers, but please know that there are many beautiful parts of our garden that you cannot reach with a stroller. Many visitors with strollers often park... More
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Dena M
12 August 2016|
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Response from abacusz | Reviewed this property |
Like those above, we were springtime visitors. The garden is not geared around manicured blooming flowers, but more to a natural environment, which includes a dessert growth area (cactus), redwoods, plus a Japanese tea... More
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Amanda M
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Response from suzannesuz | Reviewed this property |
Hi from Suzanne, Spring blooms will be starting, as we have had some significant rainfall. Regardless if there ifs"full bloom" which usually wouldn't happen this early in the season, the gardens are so diverse and of many... More
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