There are so many reasons why North County San Diego is so unique, but we love it most for its gorgeous flora in the heart of the city! The San Diego Botanic Garden is the ultimate urban green space. Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about this enchanting place. As you plan your trip, be sure to check out our complimentary Guide to North County San Diego! It’s packed with local recommendations you won’t want to miss.
All You Need to Know About the San Diego Botanic Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden’s tagline is “Where plants grow people.” That simple description speaks volumes about the purpose of this beautiful space! The organization’s mission has long been to inspire people of all ages to connect with nature. Back in the early 1900s, however, the land consisted of just unclaimed barley fields used by homesteaders. Until the mid-20th century, the property had been used for an avocado farm, then a personal ranch. Since then, the space has been used for educating the public about horticulture and sustainable growing! Thousands of people from all over the world come to visit and experience the garden’s colorful history each year. You should, too!
What to Expect
The garden is open 364 days a year (closed on Christmas Day) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Find it at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in the heart of Encinitas, just a 7-minute drive from The Inn at Moonlight Beach! Here are the admission prices:
- $18 for adults
- $12 for active military personnel and seniors
- $10 for children between three and 18 years old
- Free for members and children under the age of two.
Additionally, the garden offers specials on certain days of the week. Check their admission page before visiting for updated information! You may save money on parking, entry, and/or tours.
Visiting the Garden
Plan to spend at least a full afternoon exploring this incredible attraction—there are over 30 individual, themed displays to see! Here is just a brief sampling of the garden themes you’ll encounter:
- Bird and Butterfly
- New World Desert
- South Africa
- Subtropical fruit
- Undersea succulent
- And more!
Other Ways to Get Fresh Air in Encinitas
Paying a visit to this urban green space is just one of many ways to enjoy Southern California’s great outdoors! If you love spending time in the fresh air, we recommend checking out the nearby hiking trails. You can also explore local farmers markets, spend a day at Moonlight Beach, or make some stops along the Pacific Coast Highway.
If you’re searching for an eco-friendly place to stay, there’s truly no better match than The Inn at Moonlight Beach. At its core, our newly renovated inn nourishes life, like the San Diego Botanic Garden does. Our inn is the first hospitality building in the world undergoing the WELL Building Standard™ certification. Our thoughtful architecture and flourishing on-site gardens make for a truly unique, elegant retreat just blocks from the beach and downtown Encinitas. Thanks to the clean air, purified water, circadian lighting, and nutritious food, discovering your healthiest, most connected self begins here! Simply pick your perfect home away from home and start planning.