With so much to see at the Arboretum, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes for a docent-led or self-guided walking tour. To grab a bite to eat, stop by the Peacock Café.
A tram tour is the perfect way to learn about the Arboretum’s history, view a variety of landscapes and be introduced to the many plants in our 127-acres. The 40-minute continuous narrated tram tour begins and ends at the Gift Shop patio.
Trams tours are offered: Wednesday – Sunday*
Tour times: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm*
*Due to weather, special events, holidays and other factors the tram schedule is not guaranteed. Please call on the day of your visit to verify tram availability and tour times. To reach Visitor Services please call 626.821.3222 and press 0 at any time for Visitor Services staff.
In January, the tram is not available on the following days:
Wednesday, January 22
Wednesday, February 19
Cost: Adults/Children/Seniors are all $5 per seat. Children under 3 who ride on parent’s laps are free. The tram can accommodate 36 people. Tickets are available on a first-come, first -serve basis and cannot be reserved in advance.
Where to purchase tickets: Tram tickets are available at the front desk in admissions starting at 9am. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Wheelchair availability: The tram can accommodate one wheelchair per tram tour. Please let the front desk know if you will need a wheelchair seat. They are available on a first come-first-served basis. Advanced reservations are not available.
Strollers, walkers and large bags: Please be aware that the tram may not accommodate these items when it is full, storage is not available on site.
Tram etiquette: We ask that phones are not used during tour and conversations are limited so that everyone can enjoy the narration.
New member tram tours: Special tram tours are offered through the membership office for new members. Please call membership office at 626.821.3233 to become a member and book your tour.
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 July, 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 email@example.com. We can create customized tours to meet your group’s special interests.
As of January 6, 2020, tours are temporarily unavailable due to construction. The Depot is getting as new roof! We will let you know as soon as the construction is completed and when Depot is open again for tours.
Guided and self-guided field trips are offered at the Arboretum.
For more information, see Teachers & Schools.