Spring in San Diego is like that scene in the Wizard of Oz when everything changes from black and white to technicolor. Vibrant shades appear on budding flowers, bushes and trees. It’s nature’s biggest show, and you don’t want to miss it. 

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens 

1270 Vale Terrace Dr, Vista, CA 92084

Admission $5 for adults, $3 for kids, children 2 and under are free!

What a find! Stroll through this 14-acre garden and see miraculous blooms of dayliliesbirds of paradisebougainvilleawisteria, exotic spice plants like currynaked coral treesTorrey pines,and cycads which existed in the Jurassic period surrounded by dinosaur sculptures and more! My son loved the pond with lily pads and turtles. The waterfall was also a favorite.There are quiet corners throughout the gardens with quaint picnic tables, and tree stumps where you can meditate.