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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara, CA
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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara California

Description

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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A hike in the woods, at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
A hike in the woods, at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
Redwood forest, at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
Redwood forest, at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
Deciduous trees overhead at the end of December.
Deciduous trees overhead at the end of December.
A quiet place to sit...
A quiet place to sit...
Awesome tree!
Awesome tree!
Fall leaves.
Fall leaves.
Kids love this bridge over roaring water below.
Kids love this bridge over roaring water below.
Spring meadow. Photo by Suemae Willhite.
Spring meadow. Photo by Suemae Willhite.
Redwood forest catching the light.
Redwood forest catching the light.
Redwood trees in Central California!
Redwood trees in Central California!
Looking up at the redwood trees.
Looking up at the redwood trees.
Looking down at the mission's aquifer system from the bridge.
Looking down at the mission's aquifer system from the bridge.
Bridge over the water.
Bridge over the water.
Lovely walkway.
Lovely walkway.
Trees on a hill.
Trees on a hill.
Looking toward houses in the canyon.
Looking toward houses in the canyon.
Turtles in a pond.
Turtles in a pond.
Mountains in the distance, at the meadow.
Mountains in the distance, at the meadow.
Flowers along the path at the meadow.
Flowers along the path at the meadow.
A funny little caterpillar.
A funny little caterpillar.
Light shining through the redwoods at sunset.
Light shining through the redwoods at sunset.
Classic fairytale tree, twisty staircase, and redwood tree. The Berenstain bears must be here somewhere.
Classic fairytale tree, twisty staircase, and redwood tree. The Berenstain bears must be here somewhere.
California Rose Bay, in the redwood forest.
California Rose Bay, in the redwood forest.
Yellow daisy in the forest.
Yellow daisy in the forest.
Blue Lupine, at the meadow.
Blue Lupine, at the meadow.
Beavertail Cactus- amazing!
Beavertail Cactus- amazing!
Beach Strawberry in a pot. What glossy leaves!
Beach Strawberry in a pot. What glossy leaves!
Walking toward the volunteer cottage.
Walking toward the volunteer cottage.
Western Redbud, in bloom in April.
Western Redbud, in bloom in April.
White flowers by the volunteer cottage.
White flowers by the volunteer cottage.
Bush Anemone near the volunteer cottage.
Bush Anemone near the volunteer cottage.
The garden store, with the mountains in the background.
The garden store, with the mountains in the background.
 

Directions

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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Visitor Ratings

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Leesa
11/05/2009 21:32
Yay for running in the gardens and seeing beautiful wildlife!

Amy
10/15/2009 13:58
Beatiful city and botanical gardens. I feel really bad for them since all these forest fires destroyed areas around the city.

Pierre
09/19/2009 20:31
Very nice trail. The redwoods are impressing...

Jill
09/13/2009 21:48
Old mission dam and aquaduct built by the Chumash Indians is worth seeing here.

Last Updated Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:09:04 GMT