I live in a tourist city but like most people, have never been to many of the places that exist right down the road. Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas is one of those for me. Opened first in 1971, the gardens have gone through various name changes and is now the San Diego Botanic Garden.
Over 35 acres, the gardens offer a good 90 minute walk that takes you off the busy San Diego streets and provides some quiet and nature.
I did make Aussie Mac get her photo taken in the Australian Garden.
Even the weeds are looking good enough to be in a photo.
Entry info: $12.00 adults, parking $2.00. http://www.sdbgarden.org/