As a family, we love discovering new and unique parks. Recently, on our way to San Diego, we discovered Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in the city of Vista. The Children’s Discovery trail has a “music garden” where children can make music with a variety of natural instruments. Additionally, there is a “butterfly teepee” where kids can sit and watch butterflies from below, “totally tubular tunnels” to run through, stepping stumps to hop from, a human sun dial, zig zag balance beam, a “hidden tea room” perfect for sharing a snack in the shade, blocks to build with, and more. There are also plenty of shaded picnic benches to sit and have lunch.
We spent hours on the trail and our kids did not want to leave!
1270 Vale Terrace Drive
Vista, CA 92084
Please note: The Children’s Discovery Trail is located at the entrance of the botanical gardens. Park in the same parking lot as Alta Vista Park.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12 (cash only honor system)
Kelly, Blog Contributor
About the Author
Kelly and her husband have two boys, ages 5 and 7. She loves taking her boys on adventures around Southern California that focus on learning, getting their wiggles out, and having fun! When she isn’t fulfilling her mommy duties she teaches at a local elementary school and community college.