by Linda DV
At the Huntington in San Marino, California, every day is perfect. Here, everyone can have something: a garden for children or with beautiful roses, a treasure hunt of a library, or even a rainforest. This is the place for you, no matter what you want: a wonderful garden, a place to play with kids, or rare books or the realthing from the old Wild West.
A quick treasure hunt at the library would find a Gutenberg Bible, early editions of Shakespeare’s works, small illustrated prayer books, and the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Here’s your big chance to give Middle English a go.
Any fan of the American West will enjoy the Gold Rush and pioneer experiences. If you prefer science you won’t be disappointed. You think you know the history of science, you just might still learn a few things about Ptolemy, Newton, Darwin and Einstein.
Any day is a perfect day for the botanical gardens. One hundred twenty acres of the 207-acre grounds are covered in ever-changing floral delights. Did you know roses go back 2,000 years? The Japanese Garden Bridge, the roses and the enclosed subtropical conservatory are places you can see the plants and smell their fruits and blossoms. Just this much can take all day. But, you wouldn’t want to miss the Japanese lake, furnished house, and drum bridge.
My personal favorite is the children’s garden. Unless you’re five years old or younger there is a lot of bending over, but it is well worth it. The playhouse entwined in vines begs to be entered. The squirting fish sculptures, the watery arbor, the paths and even muddy puddles bring out the child in us.
The renowned art collection is in 3 buildings and includes extraordinary European pieces within 55,000 feet and displaying 1,200 objects from the 15th – 19th century.
You cannot do justice to The Huntington in one day but if you have only one day you can do justice to that day by spending it here.
Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
Admission varies – call for prices. Children under 5 free
Food: Rose Garden Tea Room and Chinese Garden Tea Shop
For more easy travel tips from Lisa Holdren’s point of view, visit http://www.lisaholdren.com she has lots of fun and still keeps money in her pocket.
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