Yesterday my sister's and I took our kids to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in
At the beginning of every month you can get free tickets to The
for the following month but only a limited number of tickets are available and
woo hoo I was able to get us some. This saved us $45! Normal admissions for
adults is $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends (though this price is going up next month). A lot of money? Yes.
Indisputably and unequivocally worth it? YES! Here in the , we headed south on the 15
freeway and then took the 210 east pretty much straight to our destination. We
hit minimal traffic (always a concern here in High
and got there in about an hour and twenty minutes.
So what did we think?
is AMAZING!! I could kick myself for not visiting this surprisingly accessible
and inspiring place before. What does The Huntington offer? Here's generally
what you will find:
- A library that holds over 6 million books/manuscripts. (Though only select scholars have access to said library.)
- An art collection that would rival any museum visit.
- Massive botanical gardens that cover 207 picturesque acres.
also offers specialized exhibits, group classes, lectures on various topics,
conferences, and educational workshops for kids. And of course you can't
underestimate the value of just taking a leisurely stroll to a secluded bench
under a hanging tree (I mean a physically-hanging-tree, not the Hunger Games
kind...) and escaping the world for a bit.
Huntington has something for everyone. It has so much to offer
and we saw only a teeny, tiny fraction of what this horticultural and
educational paradise has to offer. Sarah had to be at work by so we had a time limit. Boo!
We were able to see the Lily ponds and do a drive by of the
I was flipping out over the conservatory (*said in best English accent channeling Downton Abbey) but alas we ran out of time so I had to ogle it from afar (*sigh with white gloved hand glancing across my brow in mock faint*).
The vibe at the
is welcoming-even for little children-and educational. As every parent knows,
kids (especially two toddlers) don't fit in everywhere and some places don't
like appreciate the enthusiasm (yeah, that's a good way to describe it) kids
can show for life. Ryker (Katie's 22 month old son on the left) and Atticus (my 28 month old son on the right) even felt the magic of the place and decided to hold hands while frolicking through the gardens.
Can you hear the tune to The Fox And The Hound playing? "When you're the best of friends, having so much fun together, you're not even aware, you're such a funny pair. Life's one happy game..." *tear*
It is a great place to go whether you are looking for a secluded necking spot with your love (HA...necking), plan on lunching with the ladies in the Tea Room (pinky up!) or are taking your 2 year old toddlers to check out the Koi fish. It has something for everyone.
The weather was perfect in the high 70's but I would highly advise everyone to take a sun hat and a pair of sunglasses, and of course sun screen. I got a little sunburned on my shoulders :(.
Stacy and Mr. Atticus
Katie and Mr. Ryker
I came home and declared to my husband that I must, MUST move to
or Pasadena so I can visit this
wondrous place daily. However, reality set in and most of the surrounding
beautiful homes were $1,000,000 or more. To loosely quote a friend in conclusion:
it sure is expensive to live near paradise. :)
Now get thee to The Huntington! Huzzah!