Hours & Days of Operation

Open six days a week, 9 am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Open until 8 pm select Thursdays in summer.

Open most holidays. Closed Christmas Day.

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Parking & Welcome Center

The main SDBG parking lot is 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 for most events.

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

For questions about general information, ticketing, photo shoots, mobility and accessibility, and other visitor services, contact Visitor Services.

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Health & Safety

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.

San Diego Botanic Garden is a smoke-free environment. NO SMOKING of any kind is permitted, including electronic and vapor cigarettes.

Mobility & Accessibility

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 prior to making your reservations, and at least two business days before visiting the Garden.

Our terrain is hilly in some places, and some sections have fairly steep grades and/or dirt paths. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Shuttle service is available as needed.

Many sections of the Garden meet current Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards, including the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory and its adjacent parking lot, Hamilton Children’s Garden, 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.

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Service Animal / Pet Policy

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.

Photography and Filming

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.

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

San Diego Botanic Garden is a DRONE FREE ZONE. Drones are not permitted in the Garden, unless SDBG authorizes a licensed, insured operator specifically for a paid shoot.

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