• Pet Policy



What are your hours?
Wednesday - Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Closed Christmas)

What is your admission fees?
Adults $18
Seniors, active military $12
Youth 3-17 $10
Members, children ages 2 & under FREE
Prices and hours subject to change. Learn More

Is the Garden ADA accessible?
Many sections of the Garden, including the Hamilton Children’s Garden, Dickinson Family Education Conservatory and its adjacent parking lot meet current ADA standards. We are continually working to expand ADA access to the rest of the Garden. An ADA pathway and new ADA restrooms were recently completed around the Gift Shop and Lawn Garden. We are currently planning a new ADA route connecting the Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden with the Gift Shop and Bamboo Garden. Our terrain is hilly, but we are committed to making sure everyone can access all parts of the Garden. If you have accessibility needs or questions, please email us at visitorservices@sdbgarden.org or call us Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm at 760/ 436-3036 x231 at least 2 business days before visiting the Garden. We aim to welcome everyone and we will make every effort to make sure we can make your visit wonderful and accessible.

Do you have wheel chairs available?
We do not currently have wheelchairs available for use at the Garden. Please bring your own. We recommend motorized wheelchairs as our property has several steep inclines.

Can I leave and come back in the same day?
Yes! Just keep your receipt and present it upon reentry.

Where are you located?
Our current temporary entrance is located at 300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024 Click Here For Directions

How big is the Garden?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful urban retreat nestled on 37-acres in the midst of Encinitas. Visitors enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms and the nation’s largest public bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild Southern California climate, plants from all over the world thrive here – nearly 5,000 different species! Our diverse topography provides a wide variety of microclimates giving visitors the sensation of strolling through a tropical rainforest to hiking in the desert. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens, several with stunning ocean views.

Is the Conservatory Open?
Yes. The Dickinson Family Education Conservatory is open during regular business hours. It contains interesting and unusual tropical plants including one-of-a-kind plant chandeliers hanging from its ceiling.
Days/Hours: Wednesday – Sunday
10 am – 5 pm (Closed on Christmas Day)
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How long does it take to visit the Garden?
With 37-acres and 4 miles of trails to explore, you can spend as much or as little time as you like in our beautiful urban oasis. If you are active and do not have mobility issues, you can walk the entire grounds in about 45 minutes – without stopping to admire any of our 5,000 different species. For avid garden-lovers, we recommend 2-4 hours in order to appreciate all the Garden has to offer including myriad plant species (many rare and endangered) in our Garden. For parents with children, you can spend 1-2 hours comfortably (or more!) depending upon the age/interest of your child.

Where can I eat?
Due to current COVID-19 conditions, our picnic tables are not available for use. Our Feel Good Coffee Cart with snacks and drinks remains closed until further notice. Please bring your own water, snacks and drinks to enjoy while you admire our plant collection.

Do you permit the use of tobacco products?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a smoke-free environment. Smoking of any kind is NOT PERMITTED including electronic and vapor cigarettes.

Can I take photographs?

San Diego Botanic Garden is a wonderful place for photography and videography. The Garden is full of gorgeous and unique visual elements as well as mild temperatures and remarkable natural lighting.

Visitors are encouraged to take photographs for personal use.
Any visitor, photographer, videographer or artist who intends to use images taken in the Garden for portraits, commercial, professional, advertising or promotional purposes must complete a Photography and Filming Application, a Hold Harmless Agreement and submit the applicable fee payment in advance of photographing or filming. In commercial instances proof of liability insurance is also required.

Without payment of the applicable fees and application approval it is strictly forbidden to sell or use images taken in the Garden for professional, commercial, advertising, or promotional activities, which include but are not limited to publishing; marketing; educational materials; products and retail merchandise; general and web advertising; broadcast; or any situation where the photographer is paid for the use of the image. Use of photos in these ways can result in the Garden taking legal action. Click Here For Details

Can I use my drone to take photographs?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a DRONE FREE ZONE. Drones are not permitted in the Garden.

Do you have lost and found?
Lost and Found is located at Visitor Services. If you believe you have left something in the Garden, please email us at visitorservices@sdbgarden.org or call us Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm at 760/ 436-3036 x231.

Can I have my Child’s Birthday Party in the Garden?
Currently, both our Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden and our Hamilton Children’s Garden are closed due to COVID-19. We are not offering birthday parties at the Garden until further notice.

Do you have jobs avaliable?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a unique and fulfilling environment in which to work. Please visit our website for positions that are currently available. As a nonprofit, there are opportunities to volunteer at the Garden. 
Click Here For Available Jobs
Click Here for Volunteer Information

Do you accept plant donations at the Garden?
If you have plants or materials that you believe the Garden could use, please email a photo and short description of the item(s) to tgurnoe@sdbgarden.org. DO NOT DROP YOUR PLANTS OFF AT ANY TIME AT THE GARDEN WITHOUT STAFF APPROVAL. If you bring plants or materials to the Garden without making prior arrangements, we will NOT accept your donation and you will NOT be allowed to leave it or drop it off at the Garden.
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Thank you for understanding!

Do you have plants for sale?
Garden Shops
Due to the pandemic, our Plant Shop is closed until further notice. 

Can I bring my pet?
  • Due to the sensitive nature of many plants in our collection, PETS OF ANY KIND ARE NOT ALLOWED in the Garden

  • SERVICE ANIMALS, as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), ARE WELCOME in the Garden
    • “A service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability.” – ADA definition
    • Service Animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal or other effective controls.
    • If a Service Animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, SDBG staff may request that the animal be removed from the premises, per ADA guidelines.
    • Please abide by these Service Animal policies in the Garden

  • Emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals are NOT ALLOWED in the Garden and per the ADA are NOT considered Service Animals. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have NOT been trained to perform a specific job or task, they DO NOT qualify as service animals under the ADA.” – ADA definition

  • California state law prohibits leaving animals in any unattended motor vehicle that endangers their health or well-being. (California Penal Code Section 597.7) Guests are NOT ALLOWED to bring their pets and leave them unattended in their vehicles at any time. All violators WILL BE REPORTED to the authorities and will result in expulsion from the Garden.

  • For more information on ADA Service Animal guidelines, please visit: https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call us: