Riverside Botanic Gardens 2.8 (reviews)

Riverside, CA National Parks Unclaimed

About Riverside Botanic Gardens

If you want a family day out filled with beautiful nature, colors and an amazing variety of plants, you might want to check out the Riverside Botanic Gardens.

This piece of paradise is located on the University of California, in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains, and is 40 acres of beautiful nature.

You can spend time wandering through the plants and flowers, or take a stroll on the four miles of scenic trails that are available!

The Riverside Botanic Gardens is literally a living plant museum, with over 3,500 plant species from all around the world. It's a great learning experience for kids too, as they can learn all about the biology and history of these amazing feats of nature.

Riverside makes a great place for gardens, given it's subtropical climate, as this creates microclimates which then allow for a number of diverse plants to grow (just one of the many cool botanic facts you could learn when you visit!) 

It's these plants, which also attract some pretty special wildlife to the area, including nearly 200 species of birds! Did you know that there were even that many species of birds in the country!?

Then of course, there are the gardens! Form the iris gardens, to the rose gardens, to the Australian section and even South African displays, there is a true variety that will make for a beautiful family day out!

Don't worry about seasons either, because to everything there is a season! From flowering plants in winter, to those fall colors and summer and spring blooms, there is always something to see

Get back to nature in Riverside! 

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Adults $5 suggested donation

Children Same as adult

Last Update 2022

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Riverside Botanic Gardens FAQ’s

Doing our bit

The staff really have created an incredible garden, so support them by following any regulations they have so you can help protect them to! They originally created them for learning purposes, but now they are for everyone to enjoy!

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Riverside Botanic Gardens?

There are plenty of places in Riverside to enjoy some food before or after your visit!

Any top tips when visiting?

They offer docent led and self-guided tours! Groups more than 10 have to be arranged in advance.

Teachers corner

They offer docent guided school tours, so just schedule ahead of time and let them help you out!

Does Riverside Botanic Gardens have healthy eating or Vegan options?

It's worth taking bottled water in your bag so you can stay hydrated (just like all of the plants!)

Is Riverside Botanic Gardens fully accessible?

All of the wheelchair accessible routes are indicated at the entrance. They are always looking to improve too!

Any additonal information?

There is limited parking by the main entrance which has a small charge