Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

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#189 of 1,105 in Parks in California
An urban retreat of year-round beauty only 14 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Visitors can enjoy renowned botanical collections including: a 20-acre camellia forest, a 5-acre international rose garden, a Japanese-style Garden and Tea House, California natives including an 1,100-tree Coast live oak forest, and a Lilac Garden. In addition, guests of all ages can enroll in a wide variety of classes and programs, hear great music at summer concerts and experience annual festivals that reflect the changing seasons. More than a park, botanical beauty, peace and quiet, year-'round!
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  • If you are in LA over the Thanksgiving holiday I would highly recommend this for an alternative to cooking Thanksgiving dinner. The meal was well prepared and delicious and the setting is beautiful. A...  more »
  • Descanso Gardens is a wonderful place for a group to gather and tour. It is very peaceful, has great history and an interesting art gallery. When trees and flowers are in bloom it would be even more s...  more »
  • This is truly a beautiful and relaxing place to be. One does have to walk a bit to get around to see everything -but it's all in a tranquil area - non rushed. At times there's a train for the kids. Th...  more »
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  • Descanso Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in the Los Angeles area. Conveniently located near the 2 freeway but almost unnoticeable tucked away on a beautiful residential street. Descanso Gardens has ample parking most days however holidays and special events can fill the lot up fast. Their snack bar offers good food at a decent price and their gift shop is well stocked with a variety of unique trinkets and household decor. The Rose garden is a popular seasonal destination that won't disappoint and the Japanese Tea Garden is a must see with it's beautiful architecture and koi ponds. There are miles of paved trails that take you past streams, ponds, large oak trees, California shrubs and tall Camellia bushes. Plan on spending at least a couple hours here in order to enjoy everything.
  • A great way to get close to nature. Without going deep into the forest. In the spring there are many beautiful flowers. Also having large areas with oak trees and walking trails. Plus detailed maps to help you make your way around. Has a mini train ride also. There are many different settings with benches to sit and relax. A chance to see deer if you are lucky. They host an array of other events to change things up a bit. From Halloween pumpkin carving to Enchanted lights.
  • A stunningly beautiful collection of plants that are carefully curated. Relatively inexpensive and a great place to take kids. The train is adorable. If you're a photographer this is a wonderful place to go. This goes for those that are looking for great stuff to add to their Instagram feed.
  • Went for the Enchanted Forest Event 2017- 2018 and it was a lot of fun. There are several exhibits that are interactive. It is pretty dark & some paths are not paved. There are food options but they are limited. A hamburger is $9 & popcorn is also $9. They do serve adult beverages.
  • The Enchanted Forest was a great experience for old and young. A fun new tradition for the holidays. The Maples restaurant was good...not amazing, but made the evening easier instead of hunting for a restaurant nearby. Definitely will be back...at least for the lights....and maybe the hot coffee and Apple cider.

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