National Parks / Natural World
The Arboretum Arcadia
Where is it at?
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Tel: 626 821 3222
Just take your favorite MTA bus or train to Union Station, and then take the Gold Line to the Sierra Madre Villa station. From there you can transfer to Foothill Transit buses or Metro buses that will take you within a short walking distance to The Arboretum.
Where are we going today?
Who loves nature? Hands up....don't be shy? Well, if you love exploring colorful and exotic plants from all over the world, you might want to head to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, where they are 127 acres of nature!
Here, they cultivate the natural, historic and horticultural resources so families just like yours can learn, enjoy, and be inspired by.
The aim of The Arboretum is to give you an amazing experience as you explore the paths, discover the unique plants and wildlife that represent species from all over the world, and ensure you have a great time!
Many of the plants are rare and endangered, so it's a great time for kids to learn about conservation across the planet, and why we should be looking after what Mother Nature created.
Want to hear something really cool? The Arboretum has it's own waterfall too. Pretty amazing!
Did you know that The Arboretum is also an official wildlife sanctuary? Not only do they have their famous peafowl as residents, but they have species of resident and migratory birds too, as well as small reptiles and mammals. What do you think you will spot on your visit?
If you want to get a bit more out of your journey through nature, there are tram tours, which are scheduled on weekends, as well as docent-led or self-guided walking tours.
With events throughout the year too, why wouldn't you want to visit The Arboretum? It's learning made fun with wonders of nature - all hidden in their own oasis within the bustling city of Los Angeles!
How much does it cost?
- Children$4 (Ages 5 to 12)
- Free Under: 5 years.
When can we go?
Main grounds 9am - 5pm daily
All year round
The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden's field trips are led by highly trained docents that understand a child’s curiosity, as well as the wonder and excitement of learning. The Arboretum is a living classroom and their fieldtrips are designed to enhance the learning experience by immersing students in science and history.
Docent led field trips are available October-May, for grades 3-6..
The Peacock Cafe is open Tues - Sun, and is a great place to stop for lunch, and enjoy some snacks or meals before you continue!.
There are healthy options in the cafe so you will find something perfect for you!.
Any Top Tips?
Take a camera, and be sure to look in the windows of the Queen Anne Cottage....
Doing our bit
Their aim is to protect, educate and support the ecosystem with the gardens. By educating those who visit, we have a greater chance of having these gardens in the future!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff about any assistance you may need!.
Can I get one of those?
The gift shop is the perfect place for peacock-themed merchandise, as well as plants, gifts, and items for the home and garden. .
The Spring & Summer Nature Camps are a fun and popular activity for kids over those holidays! They also offer learning experiences for families and kids so check out what they have on offer!.
What people are saying?
by Nyssa Buck
I bought the year long membership on Groupon and the BF and I loved coming here just to relax and get away from all the city noises. Springtime is the best time because all the peachicks are out and about. I loved just watching them follow their moms around. Of course they are just grey little birds at this point but still super cute. Besides the occasional squirrel, duck, and turtle, there really wasn't any other wild animals unless you count the cardboard cutout they placed in the Australia section... In any case, a very lovely place to go relax...Read More
by Justin Harber
This place is a wonderful dream. A total escape from Los Angeles for a few hours. The Jungle area is amazing, a big picturesque pond and cottage. tutles, peacocks roaming. I really love this place.
by Anthony Huynh
The regional gardens are a great place to wander and the changes through the seasons always showcases something interesting to see. In comparison to other local gardens, it doesn't feature a lot of flowering plants. It's a place for people who take interest in a more varied selection of trees and plants from different parts of the world. I'd love to walk through here everyday.
by Barbara Dale
Beautiful place to spend a day. We went to get some ideas for our landscaping project and came away with lots of options. Additionally, the food at the Peacock Cafe was delicious...very well done!
by Karrie S
Love this place!!! Nature & Outdoor Concerts!!!
by Nyssa Buck
I bought the year long membership on Groupon and the BF and I loved coming here just to relax and get away from all the city noises. Springtime is the best time because all the peachicks are out and about. I loved just watching them follow their moms around. Of course they are just grey little birds at this point but still super cute. Besides the occasional squirrel, duck, and turtle, there really wasn't any other wild animals unless you count the cardboard cutout they placed in the Australia section... In any case, a very lovely place to go relax and be one with nature.