Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos is a historic site that includes an 1844 adobe home, lush gardens, and rotating exhibits. The museum’s collections include more than 1,000 items of clothing and textiles from the 1830s-1930s. There are also over 1,100 historic photographs of the rancho and its occupants, as well as various maps, letters, deeds and other documents relating to the site. The collection also includes archaeological artifacts discovered onsite.
The RLC hosts free and affordable special events for families such as Creation Station, Mud Mania, weekly storytime and more (view their calendar for dates and event pricing).
Their educational, immersive, and fun day camps for kids can include themes such as Time-Travelers Camp for elementary schoolers; and, Unplugged Camp, for middle schoolers.
Enjoy a picnic, and take a tour or explore the grounds independently, Wednesday – Sunday; 1-5 p.m. The garden is open to all (the historic home can only be seen by taking a tour).
Rancho Adventure tours are designed for families, homeschoolers, scouts or other youth groups, and are available by appointment ($5 per person). Tours encourage children to learn about daily life on a 19th century California ranch.
Youth group and school tours include Adobe Days Revisited field trips, which allow today’s students to step back in time, and visit Jotham Bixby’s bustling sheep ranch, circa 1878.
Admission and parking, free.