Descanso Gardens

Best Garden for Kids, August 2015

There’s the bucolic fantasy of our children frolicking in the great outdoors, and then there’s the reality, which often involves less pan flute and more poison oak. Descanso Gardens allows tykes to safely explore the natural world—lily ponds, acres of roses, and lush camellia groves—and learn something about it, too. Budding choo-choo engineers can hop aboard the Enchanted Railroad; daily kids’ programming includes nature-focused story times, toddler treks, and the Discoveries Camp for primary schoolers. In summer, late-evening closing hours and family-friendly concerts help little ones expel their pre-bedtime wiggles while parents sip wine among the flowers.