The Botanical Gardens
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The gardens are truly amazing, with no details spared. In the Chinese garden, they have a full koi pond, rock structures, and traditional Chinese buildings. They have lots of hands-on features in their children's garden, so kids can indulge in their urge to touch everything in sight. Since there's so many things to see, locals can return again and again and still experience something new.
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Admission to the Huntington varies depending on the day, your age, or student status. Here's a basic break-down:
Adults: $15 Seniors: $12 Students: $10 Age 5-11: $6 Under 5: free
Adults: $20 Seniors: $15 Students: $10 Age 5-11: $6 Under 5: free
On the first Thursday of every month, admission is free! But you do need advance tickets, which you can get here. The hours on Free Day are 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity if you don't have the cash for a regular entrance, just be aware that it is more crowded on free day.
Monday-Sunday (excluding Tuesday): 10:30am-4:30pm
Free! The Huntington has it's own large lots, which are free to park in. Bonus.
There is no food or picnicking allowed on the grounds. There is a grassy knoll near the parking lot for the purpose, or they sell food at their Tea Room and the Cafe.
Also, it's right nearby the Arcadia/Alhambra area, which has some great eats. Click here for suggestions. It is also right near Pasadena.
The Huntington has a great website, so check it out for any kind of info...bringing groups, art exhibits, directions, etc. Just don't miss this place, it's such a great day for visiting relatives, friends, or locals.
Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108