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! Enjoy kids!
Just south of I-210, Foothill Freeway at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, across from the Santa Anita Race Track.
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.
$5.00 (Ages 5 to 12)
Seniors (62+) & Students $11.00
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!
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!
Take a camera, and be sure to look in the windows of the Queen Anne Cottage...
The gift shop is the perfect place for peacock-themed merchandise, as well as plants, gifts, and items for the home and garden.
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.
There are healthy options in the cafe so you will find something perfect for you!
Speak to staff about any assistance you may need!
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!