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Family Review of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Away Travel Expert: Cameron Walker
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FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 and 6 - 12
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Docents lead tours every day. You can also explore on your own with a Family Discovery Sheet—but some of the best discoveries are the ones you make on your own, whether spotting a woodpecker or gazing up at the enormous redwoods.
  • Be sure to check out the Mission Dam and aqueduct, built by the native Chumash to supply the Santa Barbara Mission, downstream, with water. You'll also find a nearby exhibit that highlights which plants native people used to make baskets, string, and more.
  • Home gardeners will want to visit the garden's nursery for California-native plants and several plant sales throughout the year. The garden's gift shop has a good selection of nature- and science-themed books, games, and toys for kids.
Take a hike through the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and you'll feel like you've visited the entire state of California in just a few miles. From redwoods to chaparral to canyon, there's always something to see. Even if you're not a plant expert,

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A short drive uphill from the mission
1212 Mission Canyon Rd
Santa Barbara, California
Parking: Daily 9am-5pm (till 6pm Mar-Oct)
Price: Admission $8 adults, $6 seniors 60 and over, $6 children 13-17, $4 children 2-12, free for children under 2

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 805/682-4726
Price Information: Admission $8 adults, $6 seniors 60 and over, $6 children 13-17, $4 children 2-12, free for children under 2
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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