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The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A popular tourist stop, this 207 acre complex houses a library, art collection and stunning gardens. The library and art gallery contain rare books and one of the most complete collections of 18th century art outside of London.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Spend the whole day, especially if the gardens are in bloom. The art is fantastic, the best of the best, repeated in many different styles. This is THE BEST museum I have seen on the west coast. The cafe had good luncheon fare too.

Thank orcasgal
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

More than worth a visit. When the seasons change well worth another visit. Plenty to see and do. The gardens were in beautiful condition. Very varied and large. Highly recommended.

Thank Anne T
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

An amazing gem located in the hustle and bustle of urban so cal. The grounds are amazingly beautiful, the museums are filled with wonderful artifacts and the original Pinkie and Blue Boy paintings are in the home on the property. Make sure you take the time to enjoy the venue. I'd plan an entire day with a picknic lunch.

Thank Where2GoWhere2go
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Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

We went on a thursday, turned out to be free entrance on thursday morning if you printed a voucher from the website.

The gardens are beautiful and really something extra, really worth the drive from the coast where we stayed. The japanese gardens and the desert garden were amazing.

Don't hesitate. Go there, the atmosphere is great.

Thank s96talle
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I have been visiting the Huntington grounds for years. The first time was over 20 years ago with my parents. We walked around the gardens and were entranced by all the different regions: desert, Japanese, tropical, Australian, Roman, rose garden, herb garden, and many others. My second visit was with my 10th grade English class. We visited the Blue Boy in the Art Collections. Many years went by without a visit. Then about 10 years ago, I found out about the Rose Tearoom on the grounds and have visited once a year ever since. I have been to a handful of tea rooms in southern CA, but the Rose Tea Room has the most decadent low tea spread I have ever seen. I highly recommend making reservations, especially for popular weekends like Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. You can either call or making reservations online. You walk in and first they take your tea orders (each person can make a different choice). The 4 choices of teas were apricot decaf, berry herbal, Earl Grey, and one more tea flavor I cannot remember; you can also have coffee. They then bring you a basket of warm little scones (chocolate chip, raisin, maple bacon). On the table was homemade marmalade, a berry jam, regular butter, clotted cream, white and brown sugar lumps, and cream. Then you go the buffet which has a beautiful flower spray over it. At the all you can eat buffet, the choices are sandwiches (egg salad, tuna, chicken tarragon, carrot ginger, cucumber), salads (bok choi, artichoke, chicken salad, arugula), deserts (pecan pie, lemon bar, black berry and rasberry tart, chocolate cup with whipped cream, tea cookies), fresh fruit (honey dew melon, cantaloupe, watermelon, blue berry, pineapple, strawberry) and others (including caviar, crackers, hummus, olives). The tea room is not cheap (about $25 for adults and $15 for kids, plus the admission to Huntington Gardens of $23 for adults and $8 for youth), but it's the absolute best in terms of food and scenery (right in front of the rose garden).

After stuffing ourselves (I now go with my spouse and daughters), we walk off a fraction of the calories by visiting the beautiful gardens. This time we started in the Japanese garden with beautiful arching bridges over shimmering pond filled koi, bon sai, and traditional house with a tea display. Then we wandered through the shady bamboo forest over into the Chinese garden which was really festive because it will be Chinese New Year next week. In the midst of waterfalls, traditional Chinese architecture, more bridges over more water were beautiful pink apricot trees in bloom. There is a tea house where one can sit down, drink some tea, and have some Chinese food.

When we went, the camellias were starting to bloom, and it was so delightful to see the pink and white hues of the blooming flowers. The camellia festival will be in 2 weeks when they are in full bloom. Next we visited the tropical greenhouse which housed beautiful orchid, banana trees, and cocoa plants from which chocolate is made. Then, our kids ran through the children's garden which has small cute versions of water fountains, tunnels, houses, hedges shaped like animals, and a set of musical nails where kids can drop rocks and hear music notes. Lastly, we walked through the desert region. This was my favorite with succulents that look like flowers and huge saguaro cacti and colors everywhere. The kids liked the scurrying lizard, squirrels, and buzzing bees. We were too tired by this time to visit the other regions. The grounds are too gorgeous to describe with words or even photos! We will definitely be back again.

Thank Matthew J
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