Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara

4.0
#4 of 27 in Parks in Santa Barbara
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Established in 1926, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden displays California's rare and indigenous plants in their natural setting. Located on 32 hectares (78 acres), this is California's oldest botanic garden, dedicated to research, education, and conservation. You can discover over 1,000 different species by following the garden's network of scenic trails, which stretch for over 9 km (5 mi) and offer sweeping views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Don’t miss one of the garden's signature features--an old rock dam--constructed in 1806 by Native Americans. Be sure to walk all the way to the garden's redwood grove, a cool resting place even on the hottest of summer days. Plan to visit Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Santa Barbara attractions using our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder.
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  • Hats off to the caretakers of these Gardens! Beautiful walking space with plenty of birds to view, including woodpeckers and gorgeous hummingbirds. Great way to spend a couple of hours enjoying...  more »
  • We couldn’t book it online, and you gotta roll your dice at the entrance because they allow around 80 persons only. We had a nice stroll in the garden which is not the big. We loved the big treas and....  more »
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  • The gardens are magical all year round. We especially enjoyed last weekend making fairy wings and wands and homes for fairies with our granddaughters. It was phenomenal. I want to especially thank all of the workers who helped us. They were delightful, warm, caring, instructive and had such patience. Please tell them all we LOVED their attention. Jane
  • Very beautiful botanic garden I get my inspiration from gardens like this. Very fun for kids as well. There are many cool looking mini structures that they change every 6 months. One of the structures that is my favorite this time is a wooden igloo. Best part you can build all of that from scrap lumber cut offs. I would highly recommend this if you are gardener, landscaper or a homeowner and looking for fun new ideas. There's always something to take away. As for me and my boys I know what I'm building in my backyard next.

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