Tickets

All visitors who aren’t members must buy a general admission ticket.

Hours
9am-5pm daily


Plan Your Visit

Garden admission tickets

  • Non-members, including children, need to show a ticket to enter the gardens
  • Buy tickets at the Visitor Center or online
  • Daytime ticket prices: $15 for adults, $11 for students or seniors, and $5 for children
  • Children four and under are free

Please note that Descanso Gardens is now cashless

Map of the gardens

Our useful map gives a birdseye view of Descanso

Know before you go

Directions

Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways and is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles.  Access the map here

Our Address:
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Ph. 818.949.4200

Getting around Descanso:
Download the current map of Descanso Gardens

Parking at Descanso

There is abundant free parking at the gardens

Garden etiquette – dos & don’ts

How can visitors preserve the harmony and beauty of Descanso Gardens?

Picnics, food, and smoking

  • No picnics in the gardens — skip lawn chairs, coolers, checkered blankets, and gourmet picnic baskets
  • Please don’t feed the wildlife (creatures in the wild need specific food to thrive)
  • Don’t smoke or vape anywhere at Descanso, not even in parking lots and picnic areas

Wheeled vehicles

  • Baby strollers and wheelchairs are most welcome
  • Wheeled vehicles are not welcome inside the gardens — so no bikes, motorcycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, or pogo sticks

Animals and plants

  • Service animals as defined by the ADA are welcome but don’t bring pets or horses to Descanso Gardens 
  • Firearms and hunting aren’t permitted
  • Don’t feed or disturb the wildlife in any way (wildlife needs specific nutrients, peace, and quiet)
  • Don’t pick flowers, collect leaves or seeds, walk in flower beds, or climb trees
  • Don’t bring outside flowers or plants into the gardens (except with approved event rentals)

Photos

Activities & personal conduct

  • Children need to be accompanied by an adult
  • Use your “inside voice” (even though, yes, most of Descanso is outside) 
  • Apply your “museum manners” (Descanso is a living museum and our garden exhibits are hands-off)
  • Skip all skipping, running, jumping, and climbing
  • Don’t play with toys, games, frisbees, balls, or hula hoops. No archery or croquet.
  • Personal music devices are OK as long as you use headsets/earbuds
  • No sunbathing (wear shoes and shirts at all times)
  • No washing, wading, swimming, splashing in water features, or toe-dipping
  • Beware of high voltage wires overhead: No model airplanes, drones, kites, or metallic balloons — they’re dangerous

Garden map

Get our current topographic map for a detailed view of the gardens, forest areas, facilities, and more

Download map

Itineraries

Check out our prepared itineraries including our Heritage Oak Tour, Fun with Kids, 1-hour Tour, and Hidden Descanso

See the itineraries

Photography rules & permits

Can I take family photos in the Gardens?

Yes, you can take a picture of your favorite tree. And you can take a picture of your mom next to her favorite tree. 

However, you’ll need an advance permit (with fee payment) for most other types of photography.


Here’s what we mean: 

  • You can visit the gardens in your prom dress or graduation cap and gown and take impromptu pics. But you’ll need a photo permit for posed photography such as class photos and wedding parties.
  • You can take random, spontaneous pics with your phone, but not posed photos with heavy-duty photography, lighting equipment, or lots of people

You need a photo permit for:

  • Any posed photography (professional and non-professional)
  • Pro portrait photos
  • Large groups/family group photos
  • Special events such as engagements, graduations, maternity photos
  • Any photography that includes lighting, props, reflectors

PLEASE review our Descanso Gardens Photography policy for more details

Dining options

What are the food and drink options at Descanso?
Food and drinks are available for sale at two concession locations in the Courtyard: The Market and Jones Coffee at Descanso. (Pssst: We’re opening a wonderful new restaurant in the coming months. Stay tuned!)

Can I bring my own food and drink into the gardens?
Don’t bring outside food and beverages, except for water bottles, into the gardens. We provide picnic tables at the entrance so you can enjoy your own food and drinks outside the gardens. Refreshments are available for purchase in the courtyard near the entrance to Descanso.

Can I picnic in the gardens?
While you cannot picnic INSIDE the gardens, you’re welcome to enjoy food and drinks on the picnic tables near the Descanso entrance.

Accessibility

Does Descanso rent wheelchairs?
Wheelchairs are complimentary — We have a limited number of wheelchairs available at the Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis, FREE to use during your entire visit. 

Are garden areas accessible for people with mobility issues?
Several wonderful garden areas are located on flat land fairly close to the main entrance. 

Gardens that are easy to get to and wander within — Center Circle, the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Promenade, and the Lilac Garden.

What are the pathways at Descanso like to walk on?
Descanso’s main pathways are made of asphalt and are very accessible by wheelchair or with a stroller. Our secondary pathways are made of decomposed granite/dirt and are still somewhat accessible by wheelchair or with some strollers. Our tertiary pathways are composed of mulch and are not wheelchair or stroller-friendly.

Does Descanso have a tram or shuttle?
While we don’t have a tram or shuttle, if you need help getting to the Sturt Haaga Art Gallery or the Boddy House, we’ll happily drive you there and back on our golf cart. Arrange your ride at the Visitor Center and give yourself extra time when using our golf cart service. Please note: the cart travels only to and from the Gallery/Boddy House and nowhere else in the gardens.

Respecting Wildlife at Descanso

Descanso is home to many animals including birds, deer, mountain lions, bears, snakes, squirrels, and more. Enjoy viewing these creatures, but remember, this is their home. We’re the visitors!

It’s harmful (and illegal) for humans to approach, feed, handle, capture, or harass any animal. People and animals are put in danger when someone gets too close, feeds, and/or touches wildlife. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife.

To report an animal sighting or to find out more about the animals that live at Descanso, please stop by the Visitor Center.

Descanso Gardens is not liable for harm caused to any persons on Descanso’s premises, nor for loss or damage to property. Visitors to Descanso Gardens enter at their own risk.

Electric railroad

After many rides over generations, we’ve upgraded to a new modernized electric train — Woo Woo!

Photography

Guidelines for families, couples, pro photographers, and media members

School field trips

Garden classroom: Self-guided or docent-led tours for qualifying schools with prior reservations

Sturt Haaga Gallery

Explore the intersection between contemporary art and garden-centered sciences

Boddy House: a home

Wander the mansion and imagine living in a 22-room hillside home with Descanso as your backyard

Gifts at The Store

The Store offers unique artisanal products and an inspiring collection of garden-themed goods

Private events

A Descanso venue makes any occasion wonderfully memorable and magical. We’ll help you plan!

“Our wedding at Descanso Gardens was in early April so the garden was luscious . . . . The food was delicious and well-presented. The wedding planner helped immensely with the planning and everything went smoothly . . . . Our experience was awesome.”

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