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301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA | Directions 9100734.144852 -118.050791
Peacocks, Ducks, Squirrels oh my! – They have a FREE day on the third Tuesday of the month. FREE parking.
I take my 2 year every month. Parking lot gets full so I usually park in the lot where the buses park. I take my jogging stroller and do my exercise first and then let my son loose to run around and watch the peacocks, squirrels, ducks, fish, and birds.
The place is so big that once inside it doesn't get crowded.
Love the Arboretum – I don't know how many times we drove past the Arboretum before my husband and I actually decided to visit the gardens. We took our cameras and all sorts of photography paraphenalia. I spent as much time in the tropic hot house photographing orchids and anthuriums of all sorts...definitely more than I knew of. My husband, on the other hand, reveled in the antics of the male peacocks as they danced and "flared" for their peahens. I have to say..in all the years we've been lugging cameras around, the pictures we took that first day at the Arboretum are some of the best. I would definitely recommend visiting the county arboretum if you're looking for a quiet day just wandering through lovely gardens. During the summer, the Arboretum has concerts, but they have classes all-year-round. You can take Tai Chi, flower arranging, cooking with herbs...it's definitely a community attraction. Yes...it's in Arcadia...yes...it's not in the center of Los Angeles but it's definitely worth the drive and the few dollars it costs. Go visit!!
Great day trip – I remember my parents used to take my brother and I here when we were still elementary school and we would be bored to tears. Walking around looking at trees and flowers for hours wasn't really my activity of choice, especially as a 7 year old. However, after years of not visiting, my significant other and I spent an afternoon here and let me just say that I felt like I was in a cheesy, but enjoyable romantic movie. Walking hand in hand with your guy or girl while looking at pictaresque scenery will be a memorable day trip, believe me. Now I know why my parents would take us to this magical-looking place so often.
Enjoy both nature and history in a peaceful setting. – One of L.A.'s most educational and inspiring odes to nature, this arboretum is comprised of 127 acres mostly organized by plant origin, including regions such as Australia, Africa, South America and North America. The gardens are easy to navigate, thanks to a paved road that runs throughout. A tram circles the grounds every 30 minutes, but the path is also open to pedestrians, as well as peacocks, geese and ducks. The arboretum stands out among other L.A.-area gardens because it's low-key and inexpensive.
User review by salongirl03 – I had my wedding here and I have to say it was the most beautiful wedding ever!! I had it in the Sunset Garden and the staff went out of there way to make it look amazing. I used the caterer from the Peacock Cafe Maria Robertson and she made my day truly special! If it weren't for her I don't know what I would have done. The food was wonderful!! She can make anything you like to suit the type of event you are having and accomadate any number of people. Everyone who was at my wedding said how beautiful the location was and how great the food was. If you are planning an event you should defintily think about the arboretum and Maria Robertson!
Plan a romantic afternoon – On saturdays this park is usually littered with brides, grooms and their courts for formal pictures. The entrance fee is cheap and it's a great way to spend a romantic afternoon. Pack a picnic for your sweetie and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The lush backgrounds are a great backdrop for a long slow walk with your sweetie. If you don't want to pack a lunch, just stop by the cafe and enjoy your food there. Parking can be a pain.
The Arboretum is simply the best attract – You can get a family membership that works both here and at Descanso Gardens (La Canada) so do yourself a favor and buy the membership (about $50). We go to the Arboretum with our daughter who loves to watch the Peacocks, feed the ducks and the turtles in the pond. If you get there early in the morning and feed the turtles in back where parts of Fantasy Island were filmed (The Plane! The Plane!) you usually get to see a Night Herron dive into the water and grab a fish. Of course the grounds and enjoyable too. Sunset Magazine has set up several outdoor model patios so it's a great place for home improvement idea generation.
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