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Get Lost at Descanso Gardens

Botanical garden paradise, contemporary exhibits and an enchanted railroad!

Smell the roses and get swept away at the botanical garden oasis, Descanso Gardens. A hidden gem in LA, this year-round flower paradise is proof that beautiful things do exist. Explore the tranquility of the Japanese Garden with its adjoining tea house and koi pond. Breathe in the blooming garden that pays homage to the home state in the California Garden. Every day is Earth Day here. Stroll along the Rose Garden and enjoy over 1600 species of roses. Travel back in time at the Boddy House, and ride around the Enchanted Railroad to get a true look at the beauty these gardens possess. You may even be surprised by all the wildlife you discover! A day well spent basking in the beauty of nature.

  • Botanical garden

  • Serene views

  • Fun botanical date

  • Group nature experience

  • Family nature experience

  • Personal escape

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Location & Hours

Mon9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tue9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wed9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thu9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Descanso Garden Map

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Itinerary

  1. Arrive at Descanso Gardens
  2. Admire the Camellia flower collection
  3. Hug a tree in the giant Oak Forest
  4. Grab a quick lunch bite and drink from The Kitchen
  5. Ride the Enchanted Railroad to view the amazing grounds
  6. Enjoy the wildlife views
  7. View the (un)natural garden and rotating botany exhibits
  8. Breathe in the roses in the world renowned rose garden

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Q & A

The trails are mainly flat or have a slight incline. Most trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Tickets are not refundable.

No bikes or motorcycles are allowed.

No animals, except with the exception of service animals.

Enjoy viewing the animals, but do not feed or touch the wildlife.

Yes, you may still enter and take in the beauty of the gardens.

Members can enter Descanso Gardens without a ticket. Non-members can purchase tickets in advance or in-person at the Visitor Center.

Rules & Safety

Descanso Gardens members can enter the garden early at 8am daily.

Descanso is open 364 days a year and is closed on Dec. 25. There is ample free parking.

Enchanted Railroad Requirements:

Riders must be at least 30 inches tall and able to sit on their own

Schedule: The train is open daily from 10am–4pm, closed Wednesdays (Last ticket time is 3:30pm)

Tickets: Timed tickets are $5 each and must be purchased at the Visitor Center the day of

*Please note: The train does not run in the rain.

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$5/child admission; $15/general admission