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Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens

There is no better way to spend a beautiful Spring day than to visit your local botanical garden.  Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. It is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

General $8. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $3. Guild members and children under 5 free.

Tram tickets: $4. Trams tours are 1 pm Tuesday-Friday; 11 am and 1:30 pm Saturday; and 1:30 and 3 pm Sunday. Please check with the Visitor Center to see if tram tours are available the day of your visit. The tram does not operate on Mondays.

Enchanted Railroad: $3 per rider, $25 for a book of 10 tickets. The Enchanted Railroad is open 10 am-noon Tuesday & Friday; and 10 am-4 pm. Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are sold at the Visitor Center. Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own.

On site there is also the absolutely gorgeous Boddy House.  Boddy, publisher and owner of the former Los Angeles Daily News, purchased the land that is now Descanso Gardens.  Built in 1937, this 12,000sq foot, 2 story, 22 room mansion is a stunner. 

There is also an onsite art gallery called the Sturt Haaga Gallery.

Please check the calendar to see what is going on and if you go please share your experience here!  I love this place and can’t wait to go back!!

 


Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., grounds close at 5:00 p.m.

Admission

Adults $8.00
Students and Seniors $6.00
Children Ages 5-12 $3.00
Children under 5 free

This is a lovely place to visit for the gardens obviously but there is an on site Queen Anne Victorian you can tour as well as the original Santa Anita Train Depot which gives you a chance to step back into time. 

One thing I definitely suggest is bring some bread or crackers because there is peacocks everywhere and they are friendly.  This is a great place to spend the day and just enjoy Southern California’s beautiful weather and experience nature at its best.

There is an upcoming event if you need additional reasons to go: