SDBG Garden Tours

San Diego Botanic Garden offers a variety of different Group Tours. We have tours designed to meet the needs of all ages and interests including docent-led groups, self-guided tours, scout troops, school field trips and pre-school groups.

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Docent-led Tours

Self-Guided Group Visits

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Tour Guide with Facts and Photographs

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High Schools or Colleges
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Tours for Children


Adults $14
Seniors, students, active military $10
Children ages 3-12 $8
Members; children ages 2 & under FREE
Parking $2*

*Members park free.

Prices and hours subject to change.


SDBG’s Go Green Parking Policy applies to all groups.

SDBG’s Go Green Parking Policy applies to all groups.

  • Any car with four or more people parks free.
  • Buses are free.
  • Otherwise, $2 per car.
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Picnic Tables

There are tables available on a 1st come, 1st served basis in Seeds of Wonder and Hamilton Children’s Garden. Both areas seat about 48 people. If a guaranteed spot is desired or if the group is larger than the area can accommodate, a $25 setup fee will apply

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Regularly Scheduled Tours

Individuals wishing to join a Docent-led tour of the gardens may do so every Saturday at 10:30 am. These tours are free with admission to the Garden or membership, and do not require a reservation. Tours depart from the Visitor Center/Gift Shop.

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water dropWaterwise Tour

On the last Saturday of each month at 10:30 am, San Diego Botanic Garden gives a special tour featuring waterwise plants in the gardens. Yes, we have cactus and desert gardens; but if that isn’t your style, we have lots of other opportunities to save water. Learn about beautiful plants from around the world that will work in your garden and require less water, including plants from the Mediterranean basin, Cape South Africa, Australia, and Chile; plus our own California natives which are easy to grow in our climate with minimal care. You can see the plants at their mature growth and also learn how to use them effectively with other plants. There are so many alternatives to using large amounts of water in the garden. Come see our gardens and take home lots of tips for conserving water in your own garden.