Did you know that San Diego Botanic Garden was named one of North America’s Top 10 Gardens Worth Traveling For? Lucky for us, this gem is right here in Encinitas. Start new family traditions at their upcoming holiday events or visit any day of the year to introduce your ‘buds’ to their sprawling children’s gardens for water play, climbing nets, story time, arts and crafts, festivals and so much more. Scroll through our slideshow to learn about the dazzling Garden of Lights event, a towering treehouse your kids will want to move in to and join us in eagerly anticipating the opening of the 8,232 sq. ft. Dickinson Family Education Conservatory that’s currently being built!

Family Fall Festival

Your little ghouls and goblins will fall head over heels for this family festival. From music and pumpkins to nature-inspired crafts and a costume contest, it's a happenin' hullabaloo! Get hands-on decorating Jack-o-lanterns, cuddling the petting zoo animals and let out a little, "Yee-haw" on the pony rides. For eats, you'll find organic farm-to-table food and Rita's Italian Ice for dessert. After, head to one of the children's gardens to get that extra energy out.

Festival Date: Sat., Oct. 28
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Regular admission, plus small fee for some craft activities.

photo: Lisa Reynolds

Regular Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $14/adult; $8/child; children 2 and under free; parking $2

230 Quail Gardens Dr.
Encinitas, Ca
760-436-3036
Online: sdbgarden.org

Has your family enjoyed this magical garden? Tell us about in the comments.

—Nikki Walsh