Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

arboretumThe Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located in Arcadia, on the grounds of the historic Rancho Santa Anita. It’s a wonderful place to walk around, and explore. The Arboretum encompasses 127 acres, and has many different plants, wildlife, and fun things to see such as lakes, a waterfall, and outbuildings. Many scenes from movies and TV have been filmed here, some of which are spotlighted inside the barn. Be sure to take a walk through it.

Our kids really enjoy going to the Arboretum. One of their favorite things to see are the turtles in Baldwin Lake. They also love seeing all peacocks, ducks, the Queen Anne Cottage, and area near the adobe house.

You can easily push a stroller or jogger through the paths, trails, and walkways here. You’ll want to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Since you’ll be outside, you might also want to bring hats, and sunscreen. If you’ve never been before, you could spend at least 4 or more hours walking around, but you always have the option of exploring less. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

P.S. The Arboretum is FREE the 3rd Tuesday of each month!

Website: Los Angeles County Arboretum
Twitter: @LAArboretum

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The Huntington

The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens are located in the San Marino area of Los Angeles, California. Check the link to their website for more info. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Website: The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
Twitter: @thehuntington

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We love visiting pick-your-own apple orchards, but I had never heard about a pick-your-own ORANGE grove until recently. This particular grove that I found out about is in the Pomona Valley, and is run by The La Verne Heritage Foundation.

Each Saturday, from the beginning of January, through mid-March, you can visit the orange grove next to Heritage Park between 9am-3pm, and pick your own oranges for $5 a bag. Yes, only FIVE DOLLARS A BAG! You’re supplied with a fruit-picking pole, mesh bag, and free to roam the 1 1/2 acre ranch and pick away.

I don’t know about you, but being someone who grew up with a fruit grove on our property, but now having to go to a farmer’s market to find anything remotely similar in taste, this pick-your-own orange scenario sounds really great, It also sounds like a really fun family activity that our kids would love. For more information, call the La Verne Heritage Foundation at 909-593-2862, or visit their website HERE. Perhaps we’ll see you there!