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Botanical Building and Lily Pond: Tours & Tickets

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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.
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very cool looking building and a quick walk through to look at some plants and flowers. Musicians play all around the area too. It's a lovely spot to take a break

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank avd_travel
Reviewed 9 September 2019

just walking around makes you feel like you are in another world - it's just beautiful to visit and see

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank chalie16
Reviewed 8 September 2019

This building is part of Balboa Park & houses numerous species of flowers & plants. Everything is labeled for your curiosity. 20 minutes to a half hour to see all!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank deliveryts
Reviewed 28 August 2019 via mobile

We started our walk here. It’s very small. Took us about 10 mins to walk thru. But as a whole it’s a nice addition to the balboa park.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank candegurrl25
Reviewed 26 August 2019

Pros: Lily pond is delightful with Koi and usually ducks. Lily flowers often in bloom. Cons: While Botanical building is a nice example of greenhouse, it is somewhat casual in upkeep. Pleasant but no real rare specimens

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank DesertFarmer
Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

Visited the building in August. Wonderful location and great spot for photography. Light shielded by overhead cover produced ideal light conditions.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Mark M
Reviewed 10 August 2019

Balboa Park has so much to see and this is on the top 5 as far as I am concerned. So many things are happening around the Botanical Building itself, like the famous fish pond leading up to the building. After entering inside you are...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank mcintoshnancy4
Reviewed 8 August 2019

Every summer you can sit on the grass here and see movie classics like the Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janet L
Reviewed 6 August 2019 via mobile

The lily pond mesmerizes everyone and pictures are being taken non-stop! Enjoy some quiet reflection time or just a quiet walk around looking at the lilies, ducks, koi, and other flowers. The Botanical Garden is a beautiful architectural structure and within is a full gamut...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 19 July 2019

This is not a massive place of plants, but it's free! so worth the visit. The pond is very pretty and the architecture of the building is interesting too. Definitely a spot to stop by when at Balboa

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank memeh613
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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.