If you ever find yourself in Southern California and are looking for a serene place to spend your day, look no further than Sunnylands Center and Gardens! This 15-acre desert oasis in Rancho Mirage, California, is a must-visit for art, history, and nature enthusiasts.
With free admission and parking, it’s the perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
You can enjoy various activities, such as strolls around the gardens, films, artwork exhibitions, a display of 20th-century sculptures from the Sunnylands collection, and interactive multimedia kiosks.
The breathtaking landscape of Sunnylands Center and Gardens was inspired by the Annenberg collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. It was designed by The Office of James Burnett and Mary Irish, a horticultural consultant.
The nine-acre garden boasts over 70 species of native and arid-adapted plants from North and South America, Africa, and the Mediterranean, providing a stunning display of beauty and diversity.
The gardens also reflect the importance of the collection of paintings of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, founders of Sunnylands, which they handed over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991.
Sunnylands Center and Gardens is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 8:30 am until 4 pm.
And the best part? Admission and parking are free, so there’s no need to worry about tickets or reservations! But before you go, keep in mind that the site is a smoke-free zone, and pets are not allowed.
What’s more? Whether you’re an art enthusiast, history buff, lover of nature, or just someone looking for a unique and exciting experience, Sunnylands Center and Gardens has something for you!
To make the most of your experience, here are some activities to try out:
View this season’s art exhibition: A Place at the Table: Dining at Sunnylands.
Check out the temporary Desert X art installation.
Explore the history of Sunnylands and its founders, Walter and Leonore Annenberg.
Embark on a thrilling adventure through nine acres of breathtaking desert gardens with our self-guided Garden Audio Walk.
Watch the 20-minute film, A Place Called Sunnylands.
Explore the Annerbergs’ legacy in their historic winter home, a 25,000-square-foot mid-century modern masterpiece.
Have lunch or refreshing beverages at our on-site café, available for indoor or outdoor dining.
Buy unique gift items and souvenirs of your visit at our gift shop.
Embark on a thrilling journey through the Sunnylands Gardens and discover our diverse array of over 120 local and migratory bird species on our complimentary guided bird walk.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens is more than a place; it’s an unforgettable experience!
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