People looking for cheap things to do in San Diego have a lot of options from nature hikes to catching some rays at the beach, but if you’re looking for something a little different, a visit to the gorgeous Botanical Building in Balboa Park could be just what you’ve been searching for.
Balboa Park’s Botanical Building, located just at the end of its iconic lily pond, is one of the top attractions in what has long been known as the jewel of San Diego. Inside you will find more than 2,100 plants including ferns, cycads, palms, orchids, and more. Seasonal flowers are also on display making it an excellent idea to visit the building multiple times to see what new items have been added. The building was constructed for the 1915-196 Panama-California Exposition and it, along with the lily pond, is one of the most frequently photographed places in all of San Diego. Aside from the large, colorful koi swimming in the lily pond, you can also find migratory birds visiting the lily pond, so be sure to bring a camera along to snap some eye-popping pics of all the flora and fauna you will see. When walking through Balboa Park, one of the best things to do in San Diego, you can’t miss the wooden Botanical Building which is one of the biggest lath structures on the planet.
Admission to the Botanical Building is free and it’s open from 10:00AM through 4:00PM every day of the week except Thursday when it is closed. Inside the Botanical Building, aside from the stunning array of plants and flowers, is a special scratch-and-sniff garden which allows visitors to explore certain plants with multiple senses. Not only is the Botanical Building free, it is located right next to the Timken Museum, another free museum in the park. After spending some time exploring the Botanical Building you can even pop in next door and see some amazing art for free.
Funseekers can purchase a FunGig that provides them with a friendly, in-the-know local who can point out the highlights of the garden and give some background information to the rest of the park. Funbassadors can arrange for a visit to the garden followed by another stop in the Timken or lunch at a nearby restaurant like Panama 66 or the Prado while showing off some great San Diego things to do.