Our trip to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont came at the invitation of my friend Debi at GoExploreNature.com – although she doesn’t admit to being seen with us in her post about it. We met up in the Claremont Village (Yale Street and surroundings) for a bite to eat and then headed off to the gardens to explore. I thought this place would be little and it would take a couple hours. Boy, was I wrong! It’s massive (over 80 acres) and in three hours we only covered the first half, and not fully.
Leave lots of time to explore this “wonderland” because it truly is a beautiful place to wander. NOTE: David Rogers’ Big Bugs were only there as a special exhibit in 2012 – I left the photos in this post because they were so cool!
SO many flowers were blooming on our trip at the end of April. The colors were incredible. There were fields of these Purple Irises:
Check out these coral bells!
The bugs were such a great scavenger hunt for the kids. In fact, Debi’s son made up a scavenger hunt with check boxes based on the map. Tooooo cute. My daughter and him led the search.
You’ll see real butterflies, dragonflies, turtles, and birds. Couldn’t believe I caught this little guy on my camera!
Finally, there are shaded paths with oaks and solitude.
You must go visit!
- Official Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens website
- Visit the Claremont Village website to plan a visit to the charming downtown area
- Claremont McKenna College also has a guide to restaurants, cafes, and bakeries
- Read Debi’s post on our trip (her youngest is younger than mine)
- Could get really hot during the summer — bring water
- Definitely bring a stroller for kiddos who get tired feet
- There are bathrooms spread out all along the property
- It only took us about 45 minutes to get there (a perfect day trip)
- We took the 57 to the 10 to get there (Indian Hill Blvd.) – directions and map
Originally posted May 2012.