Two types of group tours are available at Sunnylands: Group tours of the historic house and group visits to Sunnylands Center & Gardens. The information below describes each type of visit and how to schedule one for your group.
Group Tours of the Historic House
Group tours of the historic house for the 2016-17 season are scheduled on Wednesdays only (October through June). This schedule allows groups to enjoy the 90-minute Historic House Tour and the various exhibitions and offerings at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, on a day when it is not open to the public.
Group tours are offered on Wednesdays at 9:15 am, 11:45 am, and 2:00 pm. Sunnylands can accommodate groups of no more than 70 guests. Groups can book up to two tour times. Each tour time allows for a minimum of 21 and a maximum of 35 guests. Guests are encouraged to allow time to walk the Gardens and enjoy exhibitions in the Center. The 20-minute, award-winning film A Place Called Sunnylands is shown on a regular schedule and is best seen prior to the tour time.
Price: The group tour price is $45 per person. A lunch option is offered at an additional $17 per person. When requesting a tour date and time, please indicate on the form whether you are interested in the lunch option.
Request a Group Tour of the Historic House:
Reservations for group tours for the 2016-17 season can be made using this online form.
Confirmation & Payment: Within five business days of receiving your group tour reservation request form (with alternative dates), the tour manager will contact you to confirm a date, process a non-refundable deposit of $450, and answer any questions. The signed contract and deposit must be received within 10 days to hold the reservation. Full payment based on the number of guests (less the deposit) is due one month prior to the tour date.
The demand for group tours is very high, therefore, only one tour reservation will be accepted per season from any one particular group or organization. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting a request does not guarantee or confirm a reservation.
All sales are final; there are no refunds or exchanges. The 90-minute tour includes approximately one-half mile of walking through the historic house. Please indicate on the form whether anyone in your group has special needs.
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.
Visit Sunnylands Center & Gardens with a Group
Sunnylands Center & Gardens is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. There is no fee and reservations are not required, however, we ask that if you are visiting with a group of 20 or more that you register in advance to ensure sufficient parking for your cars and/or buses. Reservations to visit Sunnylands Center & Gardens with a group can be made using this online form.
This form applies only to visits of the Center & Gardens. For tours of the historic house and grounds, tickets must be purchased in advance or a Group Tour of the historic house must be requested. (See details on this page).
Submitting a registration form does not guarantee that we are able to accommodate the time you wish to visit. Once you submit the form, a staff member will contact you to confirm the time and date of your visit.
Upon arrival at Sunnylands Center & Gardens with your group, please check-in at the reception desk. If visiting Sunnylands with an escort or personal tour guide, please be aware that Sunnylands programming has priority over self-guided groups.
When visiting the Center & Gardens, you are encouraged to walk the garden paths, view the 20-minute film A Place Called Sunnylands, and enjoy sculpture from the Sunnylands Collection as well as a rotating exhibition of items enjoyed by the Annenbergs and their guests. In addition there is a variety of multi-media offerings about the history of Sunnylands and its founders, Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The Café offers light lunch items and unparalleled mountain and garden views.