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Any recommendations for nice green spaces?

By Traveller May 23, 2018
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Any recommendations for nice green spaces?

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By Maria Traveller May 23, 2018

I love visiting interesting parks and gardens while travelling, and I know that the best ones are often hidden. Are there any that are particularly special?

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Balboa Park,
Encinitas Botanical Gardens and Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens are both beautiful.
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Local May 23, 2018
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I love hanging in parks too (even with picnics) :) besides the obvious places I’m San Diego like balboa park where there are botanical gardens, rose and cactus gardens just on the edge of the park. I like the effort of hiking Torrey pines and get to a part of the trail where there is a little garden that displays various wild bushes and flowers.
Local October 31, 2019
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Best secret: Coronado Park. Outdoor pravillion with free Sunday afternoon concerts.
Local August 29, 2018
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Many people already know about the somewhat hidden Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, but one of my favorite gardens to relax and think is the less-visited Rose & Cactus garden across the Park Blvd. pedestrian bridge from the big fountain in Balboa Park. Even on nice days, you will often have the space to yourself.
Local July 25, 2018
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You might like The Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas!
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Traveller June 20, 2018
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Balboa park is always nice
Local May 30, 2018
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The Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Garden is amazing. A beautiful view and little park is at the top of Mt. Soledad, between La Jolla and Pacific Beach. The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon is also a delightful space, specializing in drought resistant plant. Cowles Mountain is a nice hike. Also, Cuyamaca Peak Trail, and lots of other hikes in East County.
Enjoy San Diego. WE have a beautiful city
Local May 24, 2018
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Balboa Park is incredible and has green spaces, museums, and even outdoor events! Palisades Park is in Pacific Beach and is a small(ish) green space that overlooks the water! The walk along the beachfront in Coronado is part park/part beach and is amazing as well. There are so many other great places as well depending on where you’re staying!
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Local May 23, 2018
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Start w Balboa Park!! The Japanese Friendship Garden, Alcazar garden, Rose Garden and the San Diego Zoo has a more valuble collection of plants than animals! Enjoy!
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Local May 23, 2018
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Torrey Pines reserve.
Local May 23, 2018
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San Diego has so many one of my favorite views is from kate sessions park on the boarder between PB and La Jolla. But don’t shy away from the touristy spots too, I got to Balbo Park regulary there’s all these awesome books and crammed there. Or the hike at torry pines is worth it as is the hike up cowels mountain to see potato chip rock - both under and hour with spectacular views. I don’t think your question was referring to playgrounds for kids but that’s were some of the local parks really shine.
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Local May 23, 2018
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Er auto correct - that should have said nooks and crannies, not “books crammed in”.
I’m surprised no one wrote sunset cliffs (park is at the end of the walk), wind-in-sea (also more of a walk).
I'd add a few more to the list.

The Border Field State Park - https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=664. This is at the southern end of San Diego next to the border. There is a nice 3 mile hike through wetlands with lots of vegetation and birds and then a nice walk along the beach to the border fence that separates US and Mexico.

There is also http://www.thelivingcoast.org/ in Chula Vista.

In north county, Del Mar and Leucadia take a look at these lagoons. Lots of trails and if you're into bird watching you'll see lots of wildlife. https://www.sanelijo.org/trails

Enjoy your time in San Diego.

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Local May 23, 2018
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It's no secret. Balboa Park is huge and varied with lots of grass and trees. The world famous zoo is adjacent. It could take you several hours to walk the whole park. Google it for details. YOu can't go wrong.
There are also many grassy parks surrounding SAn Diego BAy. Lots of activities also.
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Local May 23, 2018
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I like San Dieguito County Park - Lower and Balboa Park. For gardens, Encinitas Botanical Gardens and Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens. In Encinitas are both beautiful
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Local May 23, 2018
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Hi!
San Diego is naturally is pretty dry so the greenest places are the ones that are being watered like golf courses 😬. However, we do have natural beauty, it is just not that heavy on greenery like some other states. There is Torrey Pines. It is a walk, gets crowded on the weekends but it is truly beautiful. U walk up the hill and then there are trails to pick from, and u can get down to the beach and walk back on the beach. I actually got married there.
Local May 23, 2018
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Balboa Park. You'll get everything from open parks to curated gardens in a 19th-century-Spanish-style area. Lots of parks and you can get lost for days if you want to.
Local May 23, 2018
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