Phone: (619) 239-0512
Hours: Free to the public on Friday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closed Thursdays and holidays).
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
The view of Balboa's Botanical Building with the Lily Pond and Lagoon in the foreground is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park and a “must-see” destination in San Diego. Built for the 1915-16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond and Lagoon, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. The Botanical Building plantings include more than 2,100 permanent plants, featuring fascinating collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, other tropical plants and palms. The Botanical Building also presents some of the Park’s vibrant seasonal flower displays
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!
These last 3 photos are by Kayla Brooke: