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Visitor Guidelines


Open Wednesday – Monday, 9 am - 5 pm
Closed on Tuesday
Holidays: Open most holidays; Closed Christmas Day



Reservations are strongly recommended, with the exception of qualified Museums for All visitors. Walk-in admission may not be guaranteed on high-volume days.

Ticket times indicate a one-hour window to enter the Garden. Guests are free to remain until closing time.

The Garden does not process cash transactions.

Check in with your mobile or printed ticket at the welcome center. 


Members   Free
Adult $18
Youth (Ages 3-17)  $10
Senior (Ages 60+)  $12
Military   $12
Student (with valid ID)    $12
Child (Under 3)   Free
American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program Free



The main parking located on the corner of Quail Gardens Drive and Ecke Ranch Road. Overflow parking is available in the adjacent lot at San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Parking is free. 

The Garden entrance, welcome center, gift shop and plant shop are located at the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory.

For a map and list of gardens, click here.

For directions, click here


San Diego Botanic Garden is an outdoor recreation facility and operates according to current County and State guidelines.

In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors. 


We are committed to making sure everyone can access all parts of the Garden. If you have accessibility needs or questions, please contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@sdbgarden.org or (760) 436-3036, ext. 231, prior to making your reservations, and at least two business days before visiting the Garden.

Wheel chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Many sections of the Garden meet current Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards, including the Hamilton Children’s Garden, Dickinson Family Education Conservatory and its adjacent parking lot, Hamilton Children's Garden, and the pathway around the Lawn Garden and the nearby restrooms. We are continually working to expand ADA access to the rest of the Garden. In the coming months, we will upgrade the Bamboo Garden and both the New and Old World Desert Gardens. This will create an ADA-compliant path that connects to the Lawn Garden, continuing to increase the contiguous areas of the Garden with ADA access. 

Shuttle service is available as needed.

Our terrain is hilly in some places, and some sections have fairly steep grades and/or dirt path. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


Only 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. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered while in public places unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. If a service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, staff may request that the animal be removed from the premises."

Emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA.

California state law prohibits leaving animals in any unattended motor vehicle that endangers their health or well-being. SDBG will expel all violators and report them to the authorities.


A permit is required for any private, professional or staged photo/video/films shoots (e.g., wedding photos, family portraits), as well as for commercial photo/video/film shoots (e.g., fashion shoots, product commercials) in the Garden. For more information and pricing, click here.

By visiting San Diego Botanic Garden, you acknowledge that you may be photographed or filmed, and you hereby give permission and grant the perpetual right to SDBG to use your likeness, image, photo (collectively, “image”), without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium and to put the finished pictures/recordings to any legitimate use without limitation or reservation. 


Email: visitorservices@sdbgarden.org

Telephone: 760-436-3036 x231

We will contact you within 72 hours of your email/phone call