Historical Sites

Tours (guided and self guided) and workshops, plus yearly family events and living history programs. School and scout tours are available.


Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum (310) 603-0088
Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez. www.dominguezrancho.org


Drum Barracks Civil War Museum (310) 548-7509
Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Friday. $5, suggested donation. 1052 Banning Blvd., Wilmington. www.drumbarracks.org


Heritage Hill Historical Park (949) 923-2230
Historic interpretive center, Serrano Ranch Adobe, El Toro Grammar School from 1890 and St. George’s Mission. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www.ocparks.com/historic/heritage


Heritage Museum of OC (714) 540-0404
Working blacksmith shop, a rancho home, the Kellogg House and gardens. Closed Monday – Thursday. Admission: $4-5. 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. www.heritagemuseumoc.org


Homestead Museum (626) 968-8493
Guided tours only. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission; donations welcome. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry. www.homesteadmuseum.org


Mission San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300
Admission: $6-9; includes audio tour. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano. www.missionsjc.com


Point Fermin Lighthouse (310) 241-0684
Guided tours of the historic 1874 lighthouse. Closed Mondays. Free admission; donations requested. 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. www.pointferminlighthouse.org


Pio Pico Historic Park Adobe (562) 695-1217
Closed Monday – Friday. Free admission and parking. 6003 Pioneer Blvd., Whittier. www.piopico.org


• Rancho Los Cerritos (562) 206-2040
Learn about life on a 19th-century ranch and explore the 1844 ranch house in Adventure Tours that are offered Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Advance reservations required, $3 per person. Check their calendar for upcoming family events, such as the Old Time Christmas Festival and Cocoa with Santa. The Rancho is closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. www.rancholoscerritos.org


Rancho Los Alamitos (562) 431-3541
Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free admission. 6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach. www.rancholosalamitos.org


The Banning Museum (310) 548-7777
1864 mansion and 20 acres of grounds. Closed Monday. Admission, $1-5. 401 E. M St., Wilmington. www.thebanningmuseum.org