A cute little bear in the Children's Garden
Perfectly manicured, spacious, kid friendly, and not a speck of trash in sight--the place reminded me of DIsneyland.
I first came to the Huntington Gardens in San Marino on a Saturday afternoon and spent about three hours meandering through almost every part of the grounds. This was not an easy feat; the place is gigantic. What makes it seem even larger is that the planners decided to lay out what seems like the most convoluted path from A to B. I'm not complaining, though; walking is my specialty.
If you only have limited time here, I'd recommend hitting up the Desert gardens, the Japanese Gardens, the children's garden, and the library. The library was especially amazing--you have Isaac Newton's own copy of Opticks on display, as well as the published works and/or notes of Darwin, Einstein, Aristotle, and many others.
The second time I visited the gardens was for their outdoor concert series. Imagine HUNDREDS of families covering the main lawn of the Huntington (right outside of the library). Man, there were a lot of people there. Good thing the Huntington has a big parking lot! Don't have a membership? You can go with someone who does for just $5.
I loved my trip to the Huntington Gardens, and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have pollen allergies and likes walking.
At the Garden's Outdoor Concert Series