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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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Pleasant place

Just okay. but a good place to take kids. It makes for a pleasant walk if you don't have anything... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Hidden Gem in SB!!

What a pretty little Botanic Garden with well groomed trails and glorious native trees & plants... read more

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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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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Reviewed yesterday

Just okay. but a good place to take kids. It makes for a pleasant walk if you don't have anything better to do on a summer afternoon.

Thank Vickypf2017
Reviewed yesterday

What a pretty little Botanic Garden with well groomed trails and glorious native trees & plants. Every spot is so picturesque. I especially love all the little signs for what each plant is. Tons of shade, so bringing kiddies, as well as your dogs. They...More

Thank SachaMR
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very disappointing considering the admission fee - would hardly describe it as a Botanic garden. Didn't appear too well kept - as another reviewer suggested - more like a walk in a state park. Wouldn't return or recommend unfortunately.

Thank glawsteruk
Reviewed 1 week ago

The botanical garden is more like a brief hike in a state park. Many of the areas seemed dry; not a lot of flowers in bloom. It would be ok if it was like $5-$6 per person, but the botanical garden is definitely not worth...More

1  Thank Brett S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Phoenix and my favorite place is the Desert Botanical Garden - which is a typical botanical garden where you walk on concrete and brick paths and look at labeled plants. Even though I love DBG the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden was a...More

Thank Mesa_Eater
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was nice to see all the native plants and trees of california. Pleasant stroll for an hour, lovely views. Makes you appreciate the beauty of southern california and its natve trees and plants. $12 entry fee for adults

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband loves Santa Barbara and had been to this Botanic Garden previously, but for me, it was a first. We went around 11:30 so it was beginning to get warm and the air was thick with smoke from the Whittier fire. Not the greatest...More

Thank hutchss
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Hot day in late spring 2016 (calendar choices here only go back to Aug so I had to choose that) - some years of drought seemed to have taken a toll on some of this property, it looked a bit bedraggled in spots. Probably was...More

Thank LacrosseMom2014
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I always take visitors the Botanic Garden. It is a wonderful collection of California's native plants. Miles of trails and you can bring your dog. I love the redwood section on a nice summer dya, as it stays nice and cool. Wonderful spot !

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This was a nice walk, although we choose a hot day which was unfortunate. The gardens are more natural and I found the paths not very well marked. It was a little difficult to tell which way you should go. We lucked out and the...More

Thank desertminky
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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
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
Amanda M
30 December 2015|
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