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Botanical Building and Lily Pond

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found...

Over 1,200 tropical and flowering varieties of plants are to be found beneath the domed, wooden-lath structure of the Botanical Building.

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Not 'Orchid'ding Around

For a free garden, this place is impressive. The Lily Pond left much to be desired, there was only one water lily, but the pond structure itself was nice The Botanical... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For a free garden, this place is impressive. The Lily Pond left much to be desired, there was only one water lily, but the pond structure itself was nice The Botanical Building is impressive looking, the slats that make up the roof look like a huge cage. Inside is nice and shady, perfect if you need to escape the sun... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The lily ponds are comforting and peaceful. Lots of people watching. Good picnic area or a place to stretch your legs or let the kids relax.

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South Haven, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wandered through the building after being at the zoo. Very lush and green plus orchids on display. Just a nice place to visit and enjoy the plants.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd been here before, but in a different season of the year. Everything seemed new and fresh -- spring had sprung. This is one of the finest portions of San Diego's famous Balboa Park, and well-worth repeated visits.

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Nashport, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Since in a building you and the plants are protected from direct sunlight. The configuration is such where you can browse all sides of the displayed plants.

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Raubling, Bayern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You want to rest a little bit after all the museums and crowded places. Here is the perfect place. Enjoy the greens of the botanical building and watch the fish in the Lily Pond

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Owings Mills, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited during a rainy weekend in February, but even in the middle of winter there was still plenty to see. Definately worth the trip!!

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Thank Nicholas Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The building is full of some amazing plants. Everywhere you look something catches you eye and you have to take a pic. I'm not a plant guy but this was a cool place to see.

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice relaxing surroundings near the San Diego zoo. A great place for a walk or run - the view of the nearby mountains is great

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You gotta rent the little electric carts for part of you tour. They are affordable and fun. You can't see everything because there are restrictions on where you can go with them.

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