Free to the public on Friday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closed Thursdays and holidays).
Personal Experience: If you are a photographer, lover of nature, beauty and/or fresh air, then you must check out the botanical building at least once! This beautiful building can be seen is movies such as National Lampoon's Dorm Daze. This building was built in 1915-1916. The Botanical Building plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants. This is a beautiful, tropical oasis!
And a fun little tip: Did you know the Reflection Pool in Balboa Park was used as a swimming pool during World War I and II? During World War I, it was used to teach sailors to swim. During World War II, it was used as a rehabilitation pool. Awesome!
The photos below are by photographer Kayla Brooke. Check out her portfolio HERE
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park