California continues to open for business and we have two amazing locations for you to explore.
If you’re looking for something unique to do solo or with family and friends that won’t break the bank, head to the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Featuring 16 spectacular themed gardens (14 of which are currently open) and spanning across 120 acres, the Huntington is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. There is so much beauty to see! Stroll through the historic Japanese Garden to see the koi fish lazily swim and the gorgeous teahouse. Wander through the fragrant rose garden that features over 1,200 different varieties of roses, including their very own, one-of-a-kind “Huntington 100th rose” that was hybridized specifically for the Huntington. When you’re ready to get out of the sun, you can tour the art galleries and library that feature American and European artwork (including the famous painting, The Blue Boy) and literature, sculptures, atlases, prints, and so much more.
I visited Huntington with my family when only the gardens were open and it took us about three hours. The paths are stroller and wheelchair accessible, which is wonderful. The 14 gardens and select galleries are open now,
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Another breathtaking place to visit is Descanso Gardens. Home to not only diverse plants, it is also residence to various mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Boasting nine beautiful themed gardens and spanning across 150 acres, there is so much to see. Trek through their Ancient Forest, host to some of the earliest species of flora on Earth, and you will get a feel for the kind of habitat the dinosaurs lived in. Roam the Nature’s Table, an edible garden filled with fruit trees, seasonal vegetables and herbs which was designed with the help of Cal Poly Pomona’s Landscape Architecture Design studio.
If you like animals, grab a Descanso bird checklist and try your hand at tracking down over 120 different types of birds that live on the grounds. Most of the interior buildings and exhibits are still closed, but all of the gardens will make your trip worth the visit.