Visiting the Arlington Garden in Pasadena, CA

We’re always on the lookout for unique parks in the greater Los Angeles area.  Arlington Garden in Pasadena is one of those places.  Opened in 2005, the garden promotes well-being and relaxation.  Arlington feels a lot like a mini arboretum that’s broken up into many different plant communities.  With each area having its own distinctive feel and atmosphere.  While the Arlington Garden Pasadena is catered more towards adults, our daughters had a good time finding all the little nooks and crannies scattered throughout the three-acre garden.

Arlington Gardens Pasadena visiting info



  • 275 Arlington Dr. Pasadena, CA 91105

Phone number

  • (626) 578-5434


  • Open every day from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m except on Tuesdays when the garden is closed for maintenance.


  • Free


  • Free Street Parking
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Random Tips from our visit

What we observed:

  • The park is only 3 acres, but they make great use of the space.
  • A perfect place to do a photoshoot. You can obtain a photo permit on their website.
  • Lots of shaded seating areas to eat, read, or relax.
  • This garden uses the regenerative garden method, so it doesn’t look well kept but more of a naturalistic look.
  • We saw a couple of people meditating at the gardens, so we asked our kids to use their indoor voices when we were around other guests.

Time spent:

  • 1 hour. We ate lunch there and explored the garden.

Stroller/Wagon friendly:

  • Yes, but some of the dirt pathways were narrow.


  • No. The porta-potty was locked.


  • Picnic
  • Relax
  • Read a book
  • Enjoy a nice short walk
  • Wishing tree (bring your own “wish” to hang it)

What we brought:

Covid-19 Precautions?

During the covid-19 pandemic, Arlington Gardens is closed on Tuesdays.  They recommend visitors practice protective measures like social distancing, wearing a mask, and BYOB hand sanitizer.  Arlington Garden also recommends visitors not use the furniture (which is new since our visit).  We went early, so it’s wasn’t busy at all.

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Should you go?

Arlington Garden Pasadena is a nice change of pace from other parks located around Southern California.  Definitely, a place to check out if you are in the neighborhood.  However, we wouldn’t recommend making a trip out here with kids If you’re looking for a place to let your kids run around without supervision.

Arlington Garden isn’t geared toward kids’ play.  Think of it more like a learning environment, or mini arboretum.  Many other guests are there trying to relax and unwind through meditation and quiet time.

Things to do nearby

We travel all over California searching for fun places to take the kids. Be sure to check out some of the other places we’ve visited that are good for kids. Things to do with Kids in Southern California

If you have any suggests on where we should go next please let us know in the comments below!

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