Botanical Building & Lily Pond, San Diego

Botanical Building & Lily Pond, San Diego (must see)

The Botanical Building is an historic building located in Balboa Park. Built for the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition, it remains one of the largest lath structures in the world. The Botanical Building houses a variety of ferns, orchids, bromeliads, camelias, palms and tropical trees. They are all marked and provide a gorgeous display as many of the larger ferns and palms reach to top of the building.

In the front of the building, a large reflecting pool sparkles with elegant waterlilies and colorful koi. The setting of the Lily Pond and Lagoon with the Botanical Building in the background is one of the most photographed scenes in San Diego - it is a symbol and icon of Balboa Park. Any visit to Balboa Park is incomplete without a visit to the Lily Pond and Lagoon.

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Sight Name: Botanical Building & Lily Pond
Sight Location: San Diego, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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