Visiting Sunnylands

Plan Ahead

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.

Sunnylands is a smoke-free environment. Pets are not allowed. No food or drink other than water is allowed on tours of the historic estate. For further information, please see detailed information below and visit our page of FAQs.


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. One tour shuttle is accessible for guests using wheelchairs. When purchasing tickets, please indicate your special needs.


Lockers are provided for backpacks and other personal items. Purses and bags larger than 12 x 14 inches are not allowed on tours of the historic house.


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 cafe seating area, or in vehicle pathways to insure 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.


Guests may bring picnics and food to Sunnylands Gardens; however, we request you do so in bags or coolers no larger than 12 x 14 inches and that you utilize the benches and Great Lawn for picnics. Tables and chairs inside the Café and on the terrace outside the Café are reserved for Café patrons only. Please do not bring food through the Center and please dispose of trash in the trash receptacles and recycling bins. Large coolers, ice chests, grills, and alcohol are not permitted.


Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Sunnylands property.

Smoking & Vaping

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