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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).

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.

Gorgeous annual display of Poinsettias fill the Botanical Building.
The Botanical Building will be open during daytime hours of Balboa Park December Nights, but will not be open during the evening. 

Botanical Building
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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