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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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+1 805-682-4726
09:00 - 18:00
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With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara...

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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A nice stroll

There is a nice hiking path that you walk around to enjoy the native plants. There are lots of wildflowers and a nice view of mountains on one side and a view of the Channel... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Breckenridge, Colorado
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Breckenridge, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is a nice hiking path that you walk around to enjoy the native plants. There are lots of wildflowers and a nice view of mountains on one side and a view of the Channel Islands on the new side that just opened. A very peaceful and relaxing hour or so enjoy nature.

Thank Deanna9
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I thouroughly enjoyed our visit to the garden yesterday. The accompanying map clearly illustrates each section of the garden. We allowed about two hours. Be sure to go up across the road to take in the views out to the Channel Islands. There's a nice place to sit and relax up near the Conservatory too.

Thank Kathy A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The grounds are beautiful and the walk through the botanical gardens are an easy walk with lots of places to sit and contemplate the beauty of nature.

Thank JandK02474
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of four headed to the Botanic Gardens the last day of our stay in Santa Barbara, and it was definitely worth the time and price! Our kids are 7 and 9, and we enjoyed the longer hike around and through the property (my son especially enjoyed the little creek crossing at the bottom of the trail!). Really a... More 

Thank Jarod L
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This botanic garden reflects native California plants. This is not like the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC, with manicured lawns and a gazillion flowers. But don't let that keep you from going. It's a wonderful botanic garden because it pulls you into various California botanical zones. At a couple of high spots in the garden you can see the ocean... More 

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Cape Cod, MA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are several trails you can take from the visitor center, two of which require you to cross a stream on rocks. The first crossing looked a bit difficult, but the second one was easy. Definitely worth doing it. A variety of local flora.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set in donated canyon, the Botanic Garden has varying micro-climates set in a beautiful walk. Every plant is California Native -- from Redwoods to native yucca and giant coreopsis (looks like assembled from leftover fern, daisy and shrub bits...). On-site library and knoweldgeable docents -- worth a trip.

Thank Forrest B
La Habra,California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the botanical gardens. The meadow was full of a variety of colorful flowers. Many artists were sketching and painting the floral setting. We took a walk through the many redwood trees there . So peaceful with many butterflies and dragonflies around.There were several trails to walk on. Had a very good time.

Thank Pat W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a date to this location driving North from Ventura County. 1st tip is exit the 101 near Carpinteria at the 150 then head North on the 192, this route is about adventure and you can see and feel the amazing private estates as you cruise through Montecito and into Santa Barbara. This will add perhaps 30 minutes but will... More 

Thank Allan C
Chico, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very much enjoyed this botanic garden. Sweet little gem with creek running through it. Highly recommend.

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Barbara B, Guest Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for writing. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. Thanks to some much need rain, our wildflowers are going wild! More 

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