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Botanical Building

The view of the Botanical Building with the Lily Pond and Lagoon in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park and a “must-see” destination in San Diego.  Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond and Lagoon, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world.  The Botanical Building plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring fascinating collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants and palms. The Botanical Building also presents some of the Park’s vibrant seasonal flower displays. 


Free to the public on Friday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closed Thursdays and holidays).
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:00am
Poinsettia Display
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:00am
Poinsettia Display
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:00am
Poinsettia Display
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 10:00am
Poinsettia Display
Monday, December 22, 2014 - 10:00am
Poinsettia Display

Kids love the Carnivorous Plant Bog, with Pitcher Plants and Venus Fly Traps. The Touch and Smell Garden features aromatic and unusual varieties of foliage including chocolate and lemon mint.

Botanical Building
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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