Tours & Trams
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.
This exclusive, 1.75-hour tour explores the riveting legacy of Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, a colorful, fortune-seeking land developer and businessman in the late 19th-centre American West. Baldwin won and lost fortunes ultimately creating a destination-style resort in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. He 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. On this exclusive, in-depth tour you’ll visit Baldwin’s “Queen Anne Cottage,” where he entertained guests and memorialized his third wife. You’ll learn about how “Lucky” Baldwin got his nickname, and how his extraordinary energy and business savvy, often combined with luck, earned him a storied place in the history of post-Gold Rush California. Previously open for interior visits only twice a year, for the first time the cottage can now be visited regularly and only on these tours.
Tours take place Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00am and 1:00pm. 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.
Looking for a unique outing for your group? Whether you have a club, employee group or just a group of friends you can bring them for a special a program we call Arboretum on Wheels and it includes admission and a tram tour of the Arboretum. This program is offered Tuesday-Friday and you must book ahead. The tram ride features a 45-minute narrated tour of our 127-Acre garden. Your group will learn about the history of our property, the life of Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin and the extensive plant life we showcase at the Arboretum. Lunch arrangements can be made with our Peacock Café at 626 446 2248. Arboretum on Wheels is a great way for groups to experience the Arboretum.
Each tour can accommodate up to 36 people. The cost of the program is $250 and includes admission for up to 36 people and the tram tour. For more details, please contact Brittan.email@example.com or call 626.821.4643. Reservations are required for this program at least three weeks in advance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We can create customized tours to meet your group’s special interests.
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.
Guided and self-guided field trips are offered at the Arboretum.
For more information, see Teachers & Schools.