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Out In The Wild: Los Angeles County Arboretum

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The Los Angeles County Arboretum is a lush oasis in the middle of Southern California. Surround yourself with plants and peacocks!


As part of a recent trip to visit family in Southern California, we took a trip to the Los Angeles County Arboretum. I highly recommend going to the arboretum, it is beautiful all year, and a perfect way to decompress after navigating the freeways of SoCal. I put some photos in my stories on Instagram, but I will share more of them here for your viewing pleasure!

The arboretum does have an entrance fee, with reduced rates for children and seniors. If you plan your trip accordingly, there is a free day at the arboretum every month. We were lucky enough to be out there for the free day! Due to its popularity, you should plan ahead to take advantage of the free day passes, since there is a limited amount.

If you have a big group of people (minimum of 7 adults) and have a bunch of different sightseeing spots on your list, then check out the Private Los Angeles City Tour.

Oh sweet! A dance-off!

The LA County Arboretum is 127 acres filled with plants, historical buildings, and yes – plenty of peacocks!

A photo of a group of tall palm trees with green fronds against a blue sky with white clouds.

You can’t have a nature sanctuary in Los Angeles without some of the best palm trees around!


I love how the arboretum grounds are divided up into sections with different regional plants and styles. This fountain kept my attention for quite a while. I just loved it, and when I turned around, my family had already wandered off…sigh.


The peacocks at the Los Angeles County Arboretum are everywhere and have the freedom to roam. Though beautiful and always photogenic, they are wild animals and sometimes will warn you if you are getting too close.

The Queen Anne Cottage

The Queen Anne Cottage is my favorite part of the arboretum. The cottage was built in 1885 and is a prime example of Victorian architecture and the extravagance of the Golden Age of Southern California.

A photo of a white wooden stable building with American flags and a man inside, against a blue sky with trees.
A photo of the blue ceiling and white walls of an octagonal dome with a light and red patterns.
You can't have a beautiful cottage and horses without a beautiful stable!

The Los Angeles County Arboretum is one of the many kid-friendly activities in SoCal that do not involve theme parks and cartoon characters. It truly is an oasis, and hopefully, you get a chance to check it out.

What are some of your favorite activities to do with your family in Southern California?

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