Address: 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA
1980’s TV buffs will get a kick out of knowing that the iconic Fantasy Island line “Da Plane! Da Plane!” was shot here – just 20 minutes east of the LA Zoo. Aside from being a popular filming location, this 127-acre garden is a phenomenal destination for those looking to “escape” & get some fresh air. The flat, paved paths make this one of Southern California’s best property’s to push around a stroller or wheelchair, enjoy with an elderly loved one or romantic date, and even go for a jog! While exploring the different areas, you’ll discover an endless assortment of plant species, including; Redwood, Sequoia, Bamboo, Magnolia, Roses, Plumeria, Cypress, Avocado, and countless others. Alongside the flora, you’ll see a tropical waterfall, large turtle pond, and over 250 different species of birds!!
Parking is free, and admission is $15 for adults, $11 for seniors & students, $5 for kids above 5, and free for children under 5. During Covid, tickets must be purchased online (here).
All-in-all, an exceptionally peaceful sanctuary with more than enough room to socially distance & “smell the roses”.
For those interested in the Fantasy Island location, look for the Queen Anne Cottage, which will be clearly marked on the park’s map.
Click Here for the Arboretum’s official website.