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Visitor Guidelines


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


  • Reservations are required for entry.
  • Ticket times indicate a one-hour window to enter the Garden. Guests are free to remain until closing time.
  • NO cash will be taken at the Garden
  • 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 Garden entrance is located at 300 Quail Gardens Drive. Access the Garden by turning onto Ranch Road from Quail Gardens Drive. 
  • Parking for the Garden is in the lot at the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory, as well as at the lot at the adjacent San Dieguito Heritage Museium (on the corner of Ecke Ranch Road and Quail Gardens Drive). Parking is free. 
  • The welcome center and the gift 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.
  • Per Centers for Disease Control guidelines and Cal/OSHA regulations, we require visitors who are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings when using indoor restrooms. We recommend visitors who are fully vaccinated wear face coverings when using indoor restrooms. Restrooms are cleaned and sanitized every two hours.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer, facemasks or face coverings, bottled water, sunscreen, hat and snacks.
  • The Garden’s property has a number of hills, some with fairly steep grades or with dirt paths. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Shuttle service is available as needed.
  • Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • IF YOU HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES, please contact Visitor Services (details below) BEFORE making your online reservations. We will respond to your request within 72 hours.


  • 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.” – 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.
    • If a Service Animal becomes out of control, SDBG staff may request that the animal be removed from the premises, per ADA guidelines.
    • For more information on ADA Service Animal guidelines, please visit: https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html
  • Emotional support, therapy, comfort or companion animals are NOT ALLOWED in the Garden.
  • 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.


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. 

San Diego Botanic Garden is a wonderful place for visitors to engage in photography, videography and filming. Non-commercial photography and videotaping are permitted. Commercial filming and photo shoots are allowed with a permit. We ask you to please adhere to our photography policies and make an appointment if applicable. A permit is required for any private professional or staged photo/video/films shoots (e.g., wedding photos, family portraits) or commercial photo/video/film shoots (e.g., fashion shoots, product commercials) in the Garden. For more information and pricing, click here.