Botanical Building and Lily Pond, San Diego

4.6
#13 of 64 in Parks in San Diego
Take a break from the city at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, home to Balboa Park's most delicate plant species. See orchids, tropical flowers, ferns, and exotic trees that thrive in the hothouse environment. Admire the reflections of these plants in the clear lily pond--a centerpiece in the conservatory. Admission to this protected paradise is free. Planning San Diego trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • The Botanical Building is huge and a beautiful place in Balboa Park. We didn't go inside (it wasn't open the morning we were there). But it still looks beautiful from the outside reflected in the...  more »
  • The Botanical Building houses a variety of ferns, orchids, bromeliads, camelias, palms and tropical trees. They are all marked and provide a gorgeous display as many of the larger ferns and palms...  more »
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  • So beautiful in here! There is plenty of walking space, but can get a little crowded. The space isn’t that big inside and we were able to walk through the whole thing in 10 minutes. It was quite cool inside temperate wise and this garden is free entrance. There are many interesting plants in here and would definitely recommend a walk through if you’re at the park.
  • Beautiful plants of many variety. They had pumpkins displayed for the fall season. Most plants, you cannot touch, but they have a section of plants that you can touch to smell. Free admission, but it is only open on certain days and hours. Nice for a quick walk around and some nice pictures.

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