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San Diego Quail Botanical & Children's Garden

Updated on January 19, 2011

San Diego Botanic Gardens

San Diego Botanic Gardens, located just north of san Diego in Encinitas, offers a beautiful and fun outing for kids and adults alike. The Botanic Garden is absolutely gorgeous and is organized by regional and other themes including: Mediterranean Garden, Canary Islands Garden, New World Desert Garden, Bamboo Garden, Mexican Garden, New Zealand Garden, and more!

Walking paths connect these areas and the plants and trees are labeled to provide plant name, regional origin and other interesting facts. The garden boasts the nations largest bamboo collection.

Hamilton Children's Garden, the "Seeds of Wonder"

The park, covering approxiamtely 35 acres, is divided into two areas, a large botanical garden and a smaller, fun-filled childrens' area called the "Seeds of Wonder" - boasts being the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast!

Kids can "go fishing" to catch plastic toys and there is also a pump kids can use to make water flow from the top to the bottom bin.
Kids can "go fishing" to catch plastic toys and there is also a pump kids can use to make water flow from the top to the bottom bin.

Childrens Activities:

  • Tales and Tunes - stories and songs
  • Garden Arts and Crafts
  • Plants, Wings, and Crawly Things
  • Friday Fun!

Please see: Schedule for current events.

"Tales & Tunes" provides a half hour of songs on Tuesday mornings (see schedule)
"Tales & Tunes" provides a half hour of songs on Tuesday mornings (see schedule)

Tips for a Great Trip with Kids

  • Pack your own lunch and snacks, as food options are limited
  • Bring an extra set of clothes for the kiddos - they are likely to get wet in the fountains and fishing pond!
  • As always in San Diego: sunscreen, sunscreen, suncreen & HAT!
  • The 1st Tuesday of every month is free admission! You only have to pay $1 for parking.

Outdoor Daytime and Sunset Weddings at Quail Botanical Gardens

The beautiful grounds of Quail Gardens makes it a lovely place for weddings. Three locations at the garden can accomodate anywhere from 20-200 guests. Daytime weddings are offered all year long and sunset weddings are available from April through October.

For more wedding and event information, callĀ 760/ 436-3036 x205.

Kids can turn on a timer to activate the train and make it go!
Kids can turn on a timer to activate the train and make it go!

Quail Botanical Gardens Location & Hours

230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

General Information: 760-436-3036

Open 365 days a year except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day from 9am - 5pm.

Admission (Free for Members):
Adults $12
Seniors, students, active military $8
Children ages 3-12 $6

Parking $2 (Free for Members)

The 1st Tuesday of every month is free admission for all visitors!

San Diego Botanical Gardens Location


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