Free Admission Days to Southern California’s Best Gardens

Descanso Gardens | Enchanted Railroad

Descanso Gardens
La Cañada Flintridge


A 150-acre urban retreat that features a five-acre Rose Garden, Japanese Garden with a koi-filled stream and teahouse, an Ancient Forest, and the Enchanted Railroad (additional $5) that travels through the garden.

Regular Admission: $15/adults, $5/children (ages 5-12)

Free Day: Third Tuesday of the Month

Tickets for Free Tuesday are released on the first day of reach month at 10am. If the first day falls on a weekend, tickets will be released the first Monday. Reserve tickets here.



South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden
Palos Verdes Peninsula

This 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants. Kids will enjoy a visit to their Children’s Garden, developed around nursery rhymes with plants to match the stories.

Regular Admission: $15/adults, $5/children (ages 5-12)

Free Day: Third Tuesday of the Month

Reserve tickets online here. Select the third Tuesday of the month.



The Huntington | Children’s Garden

The Huntington
San Marino

The Huntington is a library, art museum, and botanical garden all packed into one beautiful destination. The 120-acre botanical collection features 16 garden areas including the Japanese garden, Chinese garden, rose garden, botanical conservatory, plus a unique Children’s Garden featuring interactive sculptural elements.
Regular Admission: $25-29/adults, $13/children (ages 4-11)

Free Day: First Thursday of the Month

Visit their website to see when Free Day tickets are released. All guests (including infants) need a ticket on Free Day. There’s also a limit 5 tickets per household. These Free Day tickets are in such high demand, that a virtual waiting room is implemented on release days.



Los Angeles County Arboretum

LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden


A 127-acre botanical garden and historical that also offers numerous educational programs for children and families.

Regular Admission: $15/adults, $5/children (ages 5-12)

Free Day: Third Tuesday of the Month

Tickets are free, but limited and timed. Tickets must be reserved in advance and are released on the first day of each month. If the first day falls on a weekend, tickets are released on the first Monday. Reserve tickets here.



Always-Free Gardens & Nature Centers

Balboa Park – San Diego

Bolsa Chica Wetlands – Huntington Beach

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden – CSU Long Beach

El Dorado Nature Center – Long Beach (parking fee)

Fullerton Arboretum – CSU Fullerton

Niguel Botanical Reserve – Laguna Niguel

Oak Canyon Nature Center – Anaheim ($5 donation appreciated)

Rancho Los Alamitos – Long Beach

Rancho Los Cerritos – Long Beach

Shipley Nature Center – Huntington Beach ($3 donation appreciated)

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve – Newport Beach





This post was written by Kidsguide

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