Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
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Key Info

1212 Mission Canyon Road

Price & Hours

$12 for adults; $8 kids 13-17; $6 for kids 2-12
9 a.m.-5 or 6 p.m. daily


Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

North of downtown, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a refuge for bored beachgoers and nature enthusiasts alike. Visitors walk on unpaved paths through what, at times, looks like unremarkable brush. However, what you see here is carefully designed. According to the official website, the garden is committed to protecting plants unique to central California's coastal region — indifferent to their individual beauty. And it's this diversity (along with Santa Barbara's stunning mountain views), which differentiates this botanical park from others.

"Wows await you as you walk the easy paths. The sounds of the trees swaying, the birds singing, the chameleons running around, the mountain views combine for a refreshing interlude away from the city," offered one TripAdvisor

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November to February and until 6 p.m. the rest of the year. Admission costs $12 for adults, with discounts for seniors, children and students available. Free guided tours are offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the weekends and 2 p.m. on Mondays. Visit the garden's website for further details.

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