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5 Reasons The L.A. Arboretum Needs to Be On Every Angeleno’s To-Do List

September 11, 2014 by Brian Champlin

Have you ever been to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden?

If you have, you know how beautiful it is there. And if you haven’t, then allow us, by way of introduction, to submit five reasons why the arboretum needs to immediately be penciled in on your L.A. to-do list.


Admission information, address, and hours are listed at the end if you want to plan your next (first?) visit. 😉


1. The greenery is beautiful.

Well… duh. The arboretum boasts 127 acres of greenery, plus upwards of 200 species of birds, and a variety of specialized reserves with an aquatic garden, a tropical green house, an herb garden, and a rose garden (to name a few!).

Basically, it’s gorgeous.

2. There is cool architecture to explore.

Among the historic structures on the grounds are the Queen Anne Cottage, the Hugo Reid Adobe, The Santa Anita Depot, and the Coach Barn. Each was constructed more than 100 years ago, and a visit to any provides a unique perspective on the architectural past of Los Angeles.

3.  They do special events.

The arboretum hosts a variety of special events and concerts throughout the year, such as the Family Music Festival held this past June (see Instagram above).

4. They have classes too.

Adult classes on cooking, art, gardening, and fitness as well as spring and summer programs for children make the arboretum more than just a historic landmark. It’s really a community learning center.

5. Well all need a little piece and quiet.

We all get caught up the hustle and bustle of city life, so sometimes it’s great to just find one of L.A.’s most peaceful spots and harvest a bit of inner calm.

And hopefully when you visit the arboretum, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do. 😉

Admission, Hours, & Location

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 821-3222

Mon 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Adults: $9.00
Students with ID. and Seniors age 62 and older: $6.00
Children Ages 5-12: $4.00
Children under 5: free
Members free

On the third Tuesday of the month, admission is free (no tram on these days.)