Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
||Santa Barbara, CA|
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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is on a wonderful plot of land below the Santa Ynez mountains. Here you will find towering redwoods and shady walkways lined with knotted oaks. In autumn the deciduous trees turn orange and in spring you can see poppies and blue lupine in the meadow. Around the volunteer cottage is an adorable garden, blossoming galore in the spring.
The aquifer system that fed water to the Santa Barbara Mission two hundred years ago begins at the botanic garden and is interesting for older kids to examine. Kids love to stand on the stone bridge and watch the roaring water below. Giant dark boulders, steep stairways with twisted wooden rails, and benches made of tree trunks add to the magical effect. The hikes here are easy for kids.
For a hike very nearby that is free and also gorgeous, check out Rattlesnake Canyon Trail and the Cookie Monster Rock.
For a playground nearby, in a wooded area with a flowing creek, check out Rocky Nook Park. Just around the corner from Rocky Nook Park you must not miss out on the sunny, spectacular Mission Rose Garden, set on a hill above the ocean and a row of cute Spanish houses.
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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara CA 93105, call (805) 682-4726.
From Highway 101, exit at Las Positas Rd and head towards the mountains. Continue for 1.5 miles, across the big intersection. Turn right on Foothill Rd, also called Highway 192. Follow it for 1.3 miles. There will be signs to the Botanical Gardens. You will turn left on Mission Canyon Road and follow the signs to the gardens. There is plenty of free parking.
Entrance fee is $12 each- yes, it's expensive. $10 for seniors, $8 for teens/college students/military, $6 for kids 12 and under, and children under 2 enter for free.
Open 9-6 from Mar-Oct, and 9-5 from Nov-Feb. Closed on Jan 1, Thanksgiving, Dec 24, and Dec 25. Tours are given at 2pm on Mondays, and at 11am and 2pm on weekends.
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|Yay for running in the gardens and seeing beautiful wildlife!|
|Beatiful city and botanical gardens. I feel really bad for them since all these forest fires destroyed areas around the city.|
|Very nice trail. The redwoods are impressing...|
|Old mission dam and aquaduct built by the Chumash Indians is worth seeing here.|