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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
+1 619-239-0512
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Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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+1 619-239-0512
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to the Lath House many times in Balboa Park. It is free and a quick stroll through a subtropical garden. It isn't going to rival the New York Botanical Garden or anything on that level, then again it doesn't cost $20. The koi...More

Thank Trailblazing
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The building is absolutely beautiful and photogenic and the inside itself is pretty cool too. Some of the plants seem to kind of blend in with each other and it can be hard to pick out individual types at times. I like some of the...More

Thank Colby S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

World class assortment of plants and flowers. Orchards were all over the garden.Also plants and some trees from the far corners of the world.

Thank mikeoly13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the various plants and plant groupings and nice feeling when walking around inside. Even nicer with holiday changes.

Thank DonCapeMayBeach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This botanical garden has a host of different plant species. I spent about 40 minutes sitting by the pond on the inside. It is very peaceful and beautiful.

Thank nlott414
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a long-time gardener, I try to seek out botanical gardens and greenhouses in our travels. The plants were typically tropical, as San Diego is a warm climate. The building is different in that it is not a greenhouse. The roof is slats of wood...More

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you go here you you go because of Balboa Park and it's museums and the international houses. It's an all day event. Every Tuesday is a free day at one of the museums check it out on line.

Thank Patrick K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great spot to take photos and explore. It's a jewel in the city and the grounds are beautiful.. Close to the SD Zoo and many museums. It's a great way to spend the day without breaking the bank.

Thank Maureen S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful garden with many different varieties of plants. It was also free with is a plus. The entire park is worth a visit with plenty to do.

Thank pgray3365
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No admission so that helps. But overall it does not compare to many other botanical sites I have visited.

Thank cofloater
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Valerie M
5 February 2016|
Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
If you stay on the paths, you can enjoy the park in two-three hours. If you have more time, you'll enjoy it more because there are several not-on-paths strolls down and up the hills, and of course enjoying the various... More
17 September 2015|
Response from jredwood | Reviewed this property |
I just saw this question. No, no fees. The park is a great family experience, the grounds are free. You pay for the museums throughout though. And the zoo.