Arts & Entertainment

You’ll Now Need to Reserve Tickets for LA Arboretum on Free Day

– Courtesy photo / Facebook, @LAArboretum

Free day at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, the third Tuesday of each month, is so popular that to ensure an enjoyable visitor experience, advance tickets will be required beginning in September.

The tickets are free but limited. Reservations must be made in advance due to high demand and limited parking. Online ticketing opens on the first of each month at and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets for the Sept. 17 Free Tuesday will be available at 9 a.m. on Sept. 1. Tickets may be booked for either the morning 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or afternoon 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Free Tuesday facts at a glance:

  • Tickets are free and must be reserved online in advance at or onsite before the desired Free Tuesday. Tickets will not be available onsite at the Arboretum on Free Tuesday.
  • Tickets will be released on the first of each month at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are two entry times: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Arboretum members do not need a ticket.
  • Members of other gardens that participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program will need a ticket.
  • All non-member visitors, including infants, will need a ticket.
  • Tickets will be scanned for entry and can only be used for the date and time printed on them. Tickets are limited to eight per household. More than eight tickets will have all additional tickets invalidated.
  • Groups of nine to 20 individuals, including children and infants, may purchase a group pass. Only one pass per group for 9 a.m. entry time only. The entire party must be present in order to enter the garden.
  • Groups over 20 must contact Visitor Services through email ( to check availability and reserve tickets.
  • School groups must register as a Self-Guided Field Trip at .
  • You are welcome to photograph nature and vacation style snapshots of your visit. For walk-in portrait and event photography, a permit fee and deposit are required with a maximum of 15 people. Details at
  • No outside food is allowed in the gardens. There is a lawn and a picnic area near the main parking lot available for picnicking.
  • All garden etiquette and rules apply. For questions, please call Visitor Services at (626) 821-3222.
August 29, 2019

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