San Diego Botanic Gardens

Encinitas, CA

Where is it at?

San Diego Botanic Gardens
230 Quail Gardens Drive

760 436 3036

Where are we going today?

The San Diego Botanic Gardens is an all day experience offering vast swathes of stunning themed landscaping to explore, with imaginative display gardens representing plant life from most of the world, and even under the sea.

The Hamilton Children's Garden features a whole other range of zones and themes to appeal to the smaller guest, with Spell and Smell Garden, art, construction and elemental play, musical instruments and grass maze, plus wild butterflies, birds and quail.

The Seeds of Wonder Children's Garden is specifically for preschool children featuring a playhouse, topiary, dinosaur garden and a miniature railway.

There are also year round seasonally based garden events and activities aimed at children and families, from outdoor art sessions and scavenger hunts to tuition in building a fairy garden.

How much does it cost?

Adults: $14

Children: $8

Free Under: 2 years.


Need a little extra help?

There are two wheelchairs available at the gift shop at no charge but they are first come first served. Paths are largely accessible.


When can we go?

9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day. Extended summer hours, open to 8pm Thursdays.


Any top tips?

Birthday parties are also offered in the children's gardens.

I’m Hungry!

The Coffee Cart is open Daily from 10am to 2pm. It is closed on Mondays and Fridays during the winter. Refreshment offerings vary but usually include soda, lemonade, coffee, soft pretzels, ice cream, hot dogs, chips, fruit, and muffins.

Healthy Eating

Picnic tables available. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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