With so much to see at the Arboretum, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes for a docent-led or self-guided walking tour. If you prefer riding, there are tram tours on the weekends. To grab a bite to eat, stop by the Peacock Café.

History of Arboretum in-depth tour

This exclusive, 1.75-hour walking tour explores the fascinating history of the Los Angeles Botanic Garden and Arboretum, focusing on the riveting legacy of Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, a colorful, fortune-seeking land developer and businessman in the late 19th-centre American West and the Arboretum’s place in Hollywood. Lucky Baldwin founded the city of Arcadia, established horse-racing, built a hotel, became a vintner and distiller of brandy, entertained lavishly, and in more ways than one envisioned a precursor to today’s LasVegas-style resort. Hollywood has been using the Arboretum for nearly a century, the original “Tarzan” movies, TV’s “Fantasy Island” and Katy Perry’s music video “Roar” were all set in the gardens. On this exclusive, in-depth tour you’ll visit Baldwin’s historic “Queen Anne Cottage,” and learn about how the land ultimately became the Arboretum.

Tours take place Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00am and 1:00pm and Sundays at 1:00pm.

Ticket price is $25 per person ($20 for Arboretum members) and includes admission to the Arboretum.

Capacity is limited to 10 people per tour. Advance tickets are highly recommended as tours often sell out. Book online or call ACME ticketing at 855.781.7750. Advance purchase is the only way to guarantee your space on the tour.

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Docent-Led Adult Walking Tours

Docent-Led Adult Walking Tours are Tuesdays–Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Tours are not offered on “free” Tuesdays (third Tuesday of the month). Please note that tours are not offered during the months of August and September.

Experience the wonders of the Arboretum as you spend an enjoyable morning walking with one of our knowledgeable volunteer docents. These tours are an ideal way to learn more about the Arboretum and can be geared to visitors’ interests. Tours are for persons of reasonably good health and capable of a substantial amount of walking.

Reservations are not required for the Tuesday through Friday tours.

Guided walking tours are available for adult garden clubs, social groups and other organizations. These group tours of 10 or more visitors can be arranged with at least one month’s advance notice by contacting Nancy Carlton, Volunteer Manager at 626.821.3210 or nancy.carlton@arboretum.org. We can create customized tours to meet your group’s special interests.

Santa Anita Depot Tours

Tours are held Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays from 1-4pm.
Visitors can tour the inside of this historical treasure with a knowledgeable docent and learn about what this depot was like when it was operational.

Self-Guided Tours

With 127-acres to see, self-guided tours can take you anywhere from an hour to three hours, depending on your interests and time.

School Tours

Guided and self-guided field trips are offered at the Arboretum.
For more information, see Teachers & Schools.

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