Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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  • Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, United States, 93105
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8056824726
  • Fax: +1-8055630352
  • Ticket Price: 10 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Garden, Botanical Garden, Observatory, Leisure, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature, Landmarks, Gardens

Located in Mission Canyon, with sweeping views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands,the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78 acre botanical garden that displays California native plants in natural settings, encompassing a range of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands. Containing over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants, it is home to approximately 9.2 km (5.7 mi) of hiking trails within the garden in addition to some stunning landscapes.

There are several other really interesting areas to explore within the garden’s premises – such as the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807,that supplies water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Teahouse and Tea Garden, and the breath-taking views along the Porter Trail. One can experience, at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the quiet shade of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the full blast of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring.

The establishment was founded in 1926 and designed by noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, becoming a Santa Barbara County Landmark in 1983. Considered to be a model botanic garden, it fosters conservation of California’s native plants through research and education. 

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Travel Tips

  • Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  • Carry a camera for this trip.
  • Parking is free.
  • Group rates are available.
  • It is probably a good idea to get a bite to eat before the trip as there’s going to be a lot of walking around. 

Entrance Ticket Details For Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

  • For Seniors (60 + years): $8
  • For Children 13 – 17, college students and active military with ID: $8
  • For Children 2 – 12 years: $6
  • Dogs are allowed in, but only if they’re on leash.

Admission is free for the following:

  • Children under 2.
  • Active military personnel in uniform.
  • Garden members with valid membership card.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Hours

Garden Shop & Garden Growers Nursery:

  • March – October: 10 am to 5:30 pm
  • November – February: 10 am to 4:30 pm 
  • Blaksley Library: Monday - Friday 9 am to 4 pm by appointment.
  • Herbarium: Monday - Friday 9 am to 4 pm by appointment.

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  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, United States, 93105
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Contact Number: +1-8056824726
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Timing: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Price: 10 USD
  • Best time to visit Santa Barbara Botanic Garden(preferred time): 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 73.35% of people who visit Santa Barbara include Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in their plan

  • 41.89% of people start their Santa Barbara Botanic Garden visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

93.31% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

People normally club together Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara while planning their visit to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Reviews & Ratings

  • The gardens are magical all year round. We especially enjoyed last weekend making fairy wings and wands and homes for fairies with our granddaughters. It was phenomenal. I want to especially thank all of the workers who helped us. They were delightful, warm, caring, instructive and had such patience. Please tell them all we LOVED their attention. Jane

  • Very beautiful botanic garden I get my inspiration from gardens like this. Very fun for kids as well. There are many cool looking mini structures that they change every 6 months. One of the structures that is my favorite this time is a wooden igloo. Best part you can build all of that from scrap lumber cut offs. I would highly recommend this if you are gardener, landscaper or a homeowner and looking for fun new ideas. There's always something to take away. As for me and my boys I know what I'm building in my backyard next.

  • I have been to several botanical gardens, and this one was the first I would not return to. The price is steep given all the beautiful free gardens around Santa Barbara. The best part is the redwood grove, but having been to the national park, it paled in comparison.

  • Awesome, well kept garden! Not large at all and can be done by most! Some great views, must check out the observatory and red woods for sure. Really great stops along the trails for kids to explore and play. Discounts for seniors and kids as well as college students. Some if the paths can get narrow but you can avoid them and stick to well kept paths if you want, just make sure you get a visitor map which is very detailed and accurate. They also have some rest rooms throughout the trail, a visitor shop, and a gift shop. Probably can see the whole thing in less than 2 hours and that is a slow pace.

  • Unique collection of Channel Island plants and wild flowers. And beautiful scenery. You can see beautiful Channel Islands and ocean from far on the Research Lab. side of the park, and it's free on this side.

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