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UC Botanical Garden

UC Botanical Garden
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Type of Attraction
City Parks & Gardens
Interests That Apply
Science, Outdoors
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Price: $5-$10
The first Thursday of every month is free to everyone.
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required Stairs Dirt/off-road walking
Notes: Most of the gardens are on a hillside and in a canyon and are not very accessible.
Water/Drinks: NOT available at this attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Available
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UC Botanical Garden

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Address: Phone:
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720
+1 510 643 2755
Fax: +1 510 642 5045


In 1890, the first chairman of UC Berkeley's Department of Botany established these verdant gardens to form a living exhibit of the ferns, plants, and trees of the State of California. Today's gardens, spanning over 34 acres in Strawberry Canyon, are a beautiful expanse of exotic flowers and native plants just above Berkeley's campus. Well-trained docents regularly give informative tours to students, children, and visitors. Visiting the gardens is a fantastic way to share in the continuing spirit of conservation and reverence of nature's beauty.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 9am-5pm, daily
Notes: The gardens are closed the first Tuesday of every month as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve Day, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Visit Time: 30min-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $5-$10
Price Notes: The first Thursday of every month is free to everyone.


Outdoor with little or no covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bicycle Walking
Notes: If you are walking around the campus and find yourself still with a lot of energy, take a walk up the hill to the botanical garden. The road is narrow so be careful of traffic, as there is no sidewalk. It's a long walk, and not recommended to do with kids in tow.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: Parking is available in the UC Lot across from the Botanical Gardens.

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