Sunnylands offers several guided tours that require tickets. The Historic House Tour is the only tour that takes people into the historic house. The Bird Tour takes visitors through the estate grounds with a local birder. The Open-Air Experience is a tour of the estate grounds with a focus on sustainability. Group tours are also available.
The Tour Experience
Historic House Tour Guides take visitors on an electric shuttle to the historic house. During the 90-minute tour, guides offer guests information about items from the Sunnylands Collection, the building's architecture and interior design, and the history of the estate as a private residence and a high-level retreat center.
Tours depart promptly from Sunnylands Center. They are scheduled every 15 minutes from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. It is suggested that guests arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time. Visitors are reminded that tours take place rain or shine and transportation is in an open-sided vehicle. Tours require guests to walk and stand for more than one hour. Please anticipate walking up to a half-mile. There is no seating in the house. We request that all cell phones be silenced during the tour.
Access to the historic house is only by guided tour. Tours are small. Shuttles can accommodate no more than seven guests, allowing for a more personal experience.
"Although getting tickets is a challenge due to the small group size, the small group size makes the tour even better and more intimate."
Trip Advisor visitor posting on 3.13.2016
Tickets for the Historic House Tour
Tickets at $45 per person are released in monthly blocks at 9 a.m. PST on the fifteenth of the preceding month. For example, on August 15, tickets are released for all tours in September; on September 15, tickets for October 1-31 are released, etc. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are available only online: they are not available at the Center & Gardens.
Due to high demand, tickets often sell out on the morning they are released. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, we recommend that you do so early on the day they are released.
Specialized Estate Tours
Thursdays - Sundays, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Tickets: $20 per person. (Offered September through May)
This is a 45-minute shuttle tour of the Sunnylands grounds and golf course--behind the pink wall. Focused on sustainability, mid-century modern architecture, and Sunnylands history and current events, the outing takes guests through the 200-acre estate viewing architecture and outdoor sculpture. This tour does not take guests into the house. Tickets can be purchased in person only and only on the day of the tour. First come, first served. No walking is required.
Guided Estate Bird Tour
Thursdays, 9:15 a.m. Tickets: $35 per person (Offered November through April)
Local birders lead visitors onto the historic estate, where bird species such as the vermilion flycatcher are year-round residents and many other species are found during spring and fall migrations. Tours are 90-minutes long and do not include access to the house. All levels of birding experience welcome. Birders are welcome to bring binoculars, scopes and cameras. Please note: There is shuttle transportation, however, some walking is required.
All tour ticket sales are final; there are no refunds, exchanges, or wait list for tours. No children under 10 years of age are permitted on tours of the estate and house. There are no student or senior discounts. Guests with wheelchairs can be accommodated on tours with advance notice. Please indicate your needs when booking your tickets.
Due to the unique mission of Sunnylands, public access may be limited or prevented during high-level retreats, thus requiring the cancellation of scheduled tours--even those already ticketed. In these rare cases, refunds will be made promptly. Refunds are offered only in the case of cancellation by The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands during high-level retreats. Guests may call 760-202-2222 to confirm the tour schedule.