The Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens is a world-class mix of rare books, works of art, and stately grounds. It’s a meticulously curated place of solace, learning, and inspiration that’s arguably the most exquisite in the L.A. region.
The Huntington has something for everyone; it can be a romantic date spot or a kid-friendly family destination. It’s even a sought-after filming location for movies and television (Serenity, The Good Place, and more).
Although the library is home to millions of manuscripts, the main attraction is the 120 acres of botanical gardens. From tranquil courtyards of bonsai to fragrant rose gardens, wander the picturesque paths and pavilions while breathing in fresh California air.
Each of the specialized gardens would be worth a visit on their own, yet there are more than a dozen to explore. It’s a breathtaking experience that is definitely worth the price of admission.
At the moment, only the botanical gardens are open, and reservations are required. The Huntington offers free admission once per month (details here); otherwise, adult admission ranges from $21 to $29. Parking is free.
Tips for Visiting
There is so much to see and do; wear comfortable walking shoes and allow at least three hours for a calm and restful visit. I’m not kidding.
You’ll wear a mask and undergo temperature screening at the entrance. It’s easy to social distance here; The Huntington converted narrow paths into one-ways with signage to direct flow.
I’d recommend arriving on a full stomach and bringing water. There’s also 1919 Cafe (named for The Huntington’s year founded), open with grab-and-go food and drink options. You can even pre-order a picnic box for your visit.
Consider bringing a camera to capture and enjoy The Huntington’s stunning beauty.