Visiting Sunnylands

Plan Ahead

Sunnylands Center & Gardens is open Wed-Sun, 8:30 am-4 pm.

Sunnylands is in a desert environment, home to a variety of plants and wildlife. Be aware of your surroundings, watch your step, and help children explore safely. Visitors are encouraged to be prepared with water, hat, and sunscreen.

Guests are welcome to stroll the gardens, relax on benches, or take a self-guided audio tour of the gardens.

At this time, Sunnylands Center is open at 50% capacity. Tours of the historic house interior are on hold. New outdoor walks and tours are available.

Sunnylands is a smoke-free environment. Pets are not allowed. For further information, please visit our page of FAQs.

Code of Conduct

  • Stay home if you’re experiencing signs of illness, such as fever or flu-like symptoms.
  • Wear a face covering at all times while visiting Sunnylands, including our outdoor spaces.
  • Frequently wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Stay at least six feet away from people who are not in your party.
  • Obey all posted signage, conditions for entry, and staff instructions.
  • Please be respectful toward our staff and other visitors at all times.

Safety Measures

Sunnylands will monitor attendance to make sure the gardens do not become overcrowded. Outdoor hand-sanitizing stations are available to guests. Frequently-touched objects, such as door handles, will be routinely disinfected.

What’s Changed

Generally, the Sunnylands café and gift shop are open during operating hours, but they may close at times to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention precautions for reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Please call 760.202.2222 to learn of any closures. Some gift shop items are available for purchase online at Purchases may be shipped or picked up outside the Center during operating hours.

Tours of the Annenberg home interior and public programs such as Yoga and Tai Chi on the Great Lawn, are on hold. A new exhibition, In Motion: Agam at Sunnylands, is accessible to the public free of charge at the Center.


Both the historic house and Sunnylands Center are on one level, with no stairs or changes in elevation. Parts of the gardens can be accessed easily in a wheelchair. The garden walk contains some uneven surfaces.


Lockers are temporarily unavailable.


Parking is free. Carpooling is encouraged. Charging stations are available.

Pets & Service Dogs

State and federal laws require the admittance of dogs that are trained to provide a service to disabled guests. Emotional support animals are not covered under the law. You will be asked if your dog is a service animal and what service it provides. Service dog owners must keep their animals restrained and controlled. Pet water fountains are not provided. Under California law, it is illegal to endanger the health of an animal by leaving it in a car unattended.


Visitors are welcome to take photos and videos of Sunnylands Center & Gardens and when touring the estate’s grounds for their personal use. However, staged photos (wedding, engagement, graduation, school teams, etc.) are not allowed as it disturbs other guests. Violation of this policy may result in your being asked to leave the premises.

Tripods are not allowed inside the Center, within 15 feet of the outdoor café seating area, or in vehicle pathways to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all guests.

Photography is not permitted in the historic house. This no-photo policy is in place to enhance the visitor experience and to ensure guests look closely at and thoroughly enjoy Sunnylands’ art, architecture, design, and sculpture.

Commercial photography and videography require special permission, as does aerial photography, including the use of drones. The personal or commercial sale of photos of Sunnylands is strictly prohibited.


At this time, Sunnylands Center & Gardens is not allowing picnics or other gatherings on property, including impromptu gatherings for activities such as tai chi or yoga. Guests are encouraged to walk through and enjoy the gardens. Please remember to keep face coverings over both the nose and mouth at all times and stay six feet from other parties.


Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Sunnylands property.

Smoking & Vaping

Sunnylands is a non-smoking facility. Smoking and vaping are strictly prohibited.