So for this post I would like to share with you guys my top 4 places I like to go on a regular basis with friends or just my baby and I. These are great places to go with friends family and are children friendly.
The first place that I go to on a regular basis is the South Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes. It’s on Crenshaw Boulevard not too far passing Rolling Hills Street.
Address: 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
Admission: $9 dollars, every 3rd Tuesday of the month is free. Children under four go in for free. This place is about 87 acres big!
There are about 8 gardens that I know of here. To list them all there is the Rose garden, Fuchsia Garden, Children’s Garden, Garden for the senses, Mediterranean Garden, Japanese/ Koi pond Garden, Desert Garden and a display Greenhouse. Because it is in Palos Verdes you can definitely feel the sun a little bit more than being near the beach seeing as you are a little up higher in altitude so make sure to bring sunscreen and a hat if you’d like. There is plenty of parking spaces that is free and if you’d like to pick up a little gift you may do so at the gift shop towards the entrance. This is the perfect place for you to set up a picnic with loved ones. I usually like to take my own food and beverages and set up camp right underneath the Rose Garden. Here there is lots of grassy space as well as lots of shady area for you to set a blanket up, relax and enjoy the scenery.
It’s amazing to just walk around and discover the thousands of species of plants, flowers and trees. There is a section where you can touch, feel and smell the plants of course without damaging them. But this is a great way to teach your children about nature as well as have it be a hands on learning experience for them. I usually let my baby girl run around for a bit before heading off to discover the wonderful plants and sights.
If you are going south when walking you will come across some horses that are right next door to the botanical garden. You can see here people horse back riding and its also a lot of fun to point them out to your children and friends! Here’s a couple of highlights from our days there!
The second place that I recently went to is called the Huntington Library, Arts collection & Botanical garden.
Address: 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
Hours: 10am-5pm, closed on Tuesdays
Admission: $25 weekdays, $29 weekends Children under four are free. Every first Thursday of the month admission is free!
This is also a similar place to the South Botanical Garden in PV with beautiful sites to see. Here at the Huntington Library there is a Rain Forest Conservatory with hundreds of different species of trees and plants that you can learn about at your comfort and leisure. When roaming around the library you may come across geese as well as other beautiful birds. There is also a Rose Garden here and a beautiful Japanese garden that unfortunately I was not able to get to as I arrived at the library closer to 3 PM. If you would like to make the most out of the library and your admission fee and time I would recommend to get there earlier in the day so that you can start off from the beginning of the library when entering. This is also a great place to have a picnic at like I did mention it is a great place to bring children, loved ones and family members.
Moving onto the third place that I love to go to with my daughter. This place isn’t a landmark per say its more so a location I discovered. This place is between the Venice Canals and Marina Del Rey, (Balloon Lagoon
Address: 4200 Pacific Ave Marina Del Rey, California (Is generally where I like to park)
When driving down Lincoln Boulevard you will make a left turn onto Washington Boulevard you will keep driving straight all the way down until you hit the beach. Once you hit the beach, Pacific Ave you will make a left and then drive straight down until you see the canals on your left-hand side. This is a residential area but there is plenty of public parking. To make the most of this you can walk down the bridge over the canal onto the opposite side where there is a beautiful trail that holds a very beautiful scenic view to the canal. Because we are closer to the beach I would recommend to bring a sweater and or a blanket. If going during the summer still make sure you have something to cover yourself with but with California weather sometimes the sweater is not needed but definitely recommend. Like I mentioned if you are going during summer I would recommend to walk down to the beach. Have a beach day and enjoy Venice scenery atmosphere and culture!
The fourth place I like to visit is Ballona Creek in Marina Del Rey. This is a great place to bring pets and children when you need a day out near the beach but don’t feel like actually getting in the water.
Address: 6220 Pacific Ave (this is where I like to park as it’s a residential area and gets you close to the entrance of the bike path and walk way.
Hours: Dusk til dawn
I love to come down here whenever I need to get my mind off things and have some quiet time to myself. The ocean breeze and nearby seafood restaurants also make it worth the trip. If you walk all the way down you are able to walk down onto to dockside where there are small business as well as seating area to enjoy the Marina Del Rey scenic view.
As I keep discovering new places I will definitely keep you guys updated! Thanks for tuning into another blog post, I should be talking about some skincare products I’ve been loving and hating. I think as women we have all struggled a little with skincare products that work for us and don’t.