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Reservations are encouraged but not required. During your visit, wander garden trails, learn from knowledgeable docents and volunteers, meet the barnyard’s resident livestock, and explore California history. Free admission and parking. Make reservations online or send an email to Reservations@RanchoLosAlamitos.org with the time you wish to visit and the number of people in your group (10 people maximum). When you arrive please check-in at the station in the parking lot.

More areas of the Rancho are opening as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Here are the latest regulations for visits to the Rancho, which are in compliance with the latest mandate from the City of Long Beach:

  • Outdoors, face masks are optional regardless of vaccination status.
  • Indoors, face masks are required for all, regardless of vaccination status.
Help us care for this historic site by observing the following etiquette:
  • Please do not climb on the trees or the roots of the Moreton Bay Fig trees.
  • Please don’t walk in plant beds or pick flowers or fruit.
  • Refrain from touching the animals or climbing on fences, structures, and farm equipment.
  • No food is allowed.
  • Smoking and vaping are not permitted.
  • Do not litter. There are trash cans located throughout the site.


Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to being a fascinating place to visit, the Rancho is a wonderful place to volunteer! Our volunteer service areas include gardening, public engagement, leading school field trips, and more. Assignments, time commitments, and training varies to suit your interests, talents, and needs. Join us! https://rancholosalamitos.org/volunteer.html

Virtual Tour
Explore the Rancho’s history on your smartphone! Visit locations that tell stories of change, continuity, and the intersecting lives of those who lived, gathered, and worked here. Follow the tour during your visit or from the comfort of home. https://www.izi.travel/en/1dcd-rancho-los-alamitos-introductory-tour/en

Virtual Field Trips
The Rancho offers engaging virtual school programs that complement California’s history and social science curriculum. For third-grade, Tovaave: A Tongva Cultural Program, shares the vibrant culture and history of the Tongva, the indigenous people of the L.A. Basin. For fourth-grade, Footprints on the Land explores California history through the site’s ranch house, gardens, and barnyard. Teachers should contact schools@RanchoLosAlamitos.org for more information.


For a list of dates that the Rancho will be closed to the public, please click here.


Rancho Los Alamitos, the “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” is a Long Beach City Landmark and is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rancho has a continuous history of habitation that stretches back for more than 1500 years and reflects the many people who have called it home – from the first people, the Tongva, to the Spanish and Mexican colonists, right up to the Yankee farmers of the mid-twentieth century. The 7½-acre site includes four acres of nationally significant historic gardens, a ranch house (1790-1933), and a restored barnyard of the early 20th-century working ranch. Read more >

Children and adults alike are fascinated and delighted when touring the spacious historic site, communing with nature in the lush gardens and visiting with the farm animals (horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits) in the barns area. Admission and parking are free. The Rancho is open to the public from Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm during Summer Hours. Winter Hours align with Pacfic Standard Time and are Wednesday-Sunday, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Guests enter at the Bixby Hill residential security gate at the intersection of East Anaheim Road and Palo Verde Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

Inspiring a sense of community while educating and engaging visitors with our rich history, our compelling stories and our authentic connections to California’s past.


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