Walking Trails

Visiting Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach

Have you visited Racho Los Alamitos in Long Beach before? This free, hidden gem is the perfect place to take a stroll on a warm day, visit animals, and learn a ton about Southern California’s history. Here’s what you need to know before you go!

When my daughter was young, a friend invited us to come see the giant horses at Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach. We got dressed, got excited, and set out for an adventure.

Aaannndd….we couldn’t find the place.

It took a few more years, and a few more tries, before we were able to actually figure out how to get into Rancho Los Alamitos. And it’s really not so hard- you just have to know what you’re looking for.

And when you do find it, you’re going to be rewarded handsomely. With a historic home to tour, extensive gardens to walk through, and a barn full of farm animals, you and your kids will leave the Rancho very, very glad you came.

Here’s what you should know before you head to Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach!

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El Dorado Nature Center

Thinking about visiting the El Dorado Nature Center with kids? Whether you’re a Long Beach Native or just visiting, you don’t want to miss this somewhat hidden gem. The El Dorado Nature center is one of our absolute favorite places to take our kids. So we’ve got all the tips you’ll need to have a fun family day at this wonderful Long Beach oasis.

Living in Long Beach, you might feel like you’re in the heart of a big city. I mean, we’ve got all the amenities you could ask for! But it might leave you craving some wide open spaces and nature.

When we need to feel a little more remote, we pack up and head to the El Dorado Nature Center. Between the blue herons, turtles, 105 acres of plant life and over 2 miles of nature walk paths, El Dorado Nature Center is a Long Beach family favorite.

Entrance sign at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach

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