A Visit to the San Diego Botanic Garden


My kiddos loved this treehouse! We literally had to tear them away.

Last month, we were home on a weekend with no plans. We were looking for something to do as a family and my husband suggested that we visit somewhere mellow, where the kids could have fun and that wasn’t too far of a drive. He said do you know of any place that has a childrens’ gardens? I knew exactly the place we had to visit, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. I had written about the Free Admission the first Tuesday of the month before but I really wanted to check it out for myself.

I could sit by the waterfalls forever!

The San Diego Botanic Garden is a little slice of heaven in Encinitas. This 37 acre garden will transport you from a variety of climates. In one part of the garden you could be walking through drought resistant shrubbery and a short walk away be transported to a tropical rainforest.The San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. It is a great place to unwind and relax. It’s also a fantastic place for the kiddos.

The Hamilton Children’s Garden

The Hamilton Children’s Garden opened in June 2009 and is currently the largest interactive children’s garden in the West Coast. Let me tell you, it is so much fun! My kiddos absolutely loved the place. The kiddos will love exploring Toni’s Treehouse or making some music at the Garden Rhymes exhibit. Everything in the Hamilton Children’s Garden is designed for little people. It’s an outdoor wonderland!

My daughter loved the mountain stream area.

The kids also had a blast exploring the mountain stream area and the Earth Builders area. It’s the kind of place where kids have a great time exploring and learning hands on and fall asleep they minute they get in the car. The San Diego Botanic Gardens is the kind of place to make great memories and have good ole fashioned fun playing and learning all at the same time.

My son having fun "building" a house

The San Diego Botanic Garden is open daily from 9am to 5pm. It is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Summer extended hours are available on Thursdays until 8pm. The Garden is Free on the first Tuesday of the month. Tuesday, July 3rd is the next Free day offered. Admission to the garden is $12 for adults, kids 3 to 12 are $6. Parking is $2 and if there are 4 or more people in the car the parking fee is waived. For additional info head here.



  1. Amelia @ Eating Made Easy says:

    Ok, I lived in San Diego for nearly 10 years and never knew about this place. Perhaps because I didn’t have kids and was clueless to anything besides bars 😉 Can’t wait to take my Lucy here on our next trip to SD!

  2. Kimberly says:

    How fun! I love spending days outdoors in places like this with me kids! It is so refreshing and inspiring! I love the creativity it inspires in my kids and the way the open spaces and possibilities make them want to explore and imagine!

  3. Ciaran says:

    This looks so lovely and fun to explore. I love mellow. Nice to not have a checklist of sights/rides etc to “accomplish” and have a place you can just wander and hang out in.

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