Admissions

Members Only - Reservations Now Available

While we remain closed to the general public, we are very excited to begin a gradual, phased reopening of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, beginning with limited access for our Garden Members. We are opening to our Members first to temporarily maintain a safe, limited number of Garden visitors. 

All members must reserve an entry time prior to arrival. 

Not a member yet? Become one today to be eligible for reservations!

Reservation Guidelines

  • No walk ups! You must reserve online first.

  • Reservations are open for members of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden only at this time. Members of gardens that participate in the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program should check back for updates in the coming weeks to find out when they will be permitted to make reservations to visit.

  • Online reservations are available up to 2 weeks in advance and will close one hour before each timed-entry window.

  • Reservations are made on a per vehicle basis. Everyone covered by your reservation must arrive in the same vehicle. Please provide the expected number of guests to be covered by your reservation. Groups are limited to people who reside in the same household. Dogs on-leash are welcome!

  • Arrival should occur within the first 30 minutes of your reserved time frame. Your two-hour time frame includes checking in and visiting the Garden. We ask that you leave the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden when your time has expired.

  • Gates will close at 5 PM each day. Please make sure you have left the Garden by this time.

How This Works

  • Select a date and time to visit below and complete the registration form.

  • Save your reservation to your phone or bring a printed copy to show upon entry.

  • Please arrive no earlier than your allotted time window.

  • Please enter through the Garden's parking lot, where you will be greeted by Garden staff and directed to a parking spot. No one will be admitted without an advanced reservation and a face mask.

  • Park, show your proof of reservation at the kiosk, maintain 6-foot social distancing protocols, and enjoy the Garden!

  • All guests over the age of 2 must wear a mask.

  • We ask that you leave the Garden within your registered 2-hour window.

  • After your visit, check your email for our feedback survey!

What to Expect

Please know that certain restrictions remain in place and that not all features of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are open.

  • Reservations are not available on site. Proof of online reservation is required for entry. You may only enter during your allotted time frame.

  • Bring your own water. Water fountains have been turned off. Please prepare for hot weather; it’s better to carry too much water than not enough.

  • Most trails will have one-way traffic only. 

  • Many high-touch and narrowly-spaced features are closed temporarily. Closures include Garden Casitas, the Children’s Centennial Maze, tables, chairs, and some of our small, narrow trails.

  • No interior spaces are open at this time, including the Garden Shop and the Pritzlaff Conservation Center

  • Only the historic West Side of the Garden is open. The East Side of the Garden, including trails, the Island View and Pollinator Gardens, and the Pritzlaff Conservation Center will not be open at this time. 

  • The Garden Grower's Nursery is closed to walk-ups. Plants are currently available for purchase online at sbbg.org/shop

  • Bathrooms are open.

 

Safety Guidelines: Keeping Yourself and Our Staff Healthy

When you are at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, please follow these rules to enjoy a safe and pleasurable visit:

  • If you are sick, please stay home.

  • Limit touch! There are plenty of things to hear, see, and smell without touching.

  • Leave 6 feet of space between you and others not in your group.

  • All visitors over the age of 2 must wear face masks at all times to protect yourself, other guests, and our staff.

  • Please wash your hands, refrain from touching your face, and use hand sanitizer often.

  • No gathering in groups of more than five people (unless direct family members).

  • Always stay to the right on trails so people can pass each other safely. If passing another visitor on a trail, please announce yourself and provide space for fellow guests to pass. Please follow signs; many of the trails are one-way only. 

  • Thank you for helping everyone stay healthy!

The Fine Print

The health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff are our first priorities. Mandates and recommendations from government officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may change our ability to follow this limited opening plan. Despite our stringent cleaning and sanitizing protocols, we cannot control all circumstances.  By entering our premises, you acknowledge that you assume any risks associated with your visit, including but not limited to a risk of injury or illness. If we find that guests are not following appropriate social distancing or other guidelines, we may be forced to completely close again. Please check our website for any changes or updates.