By Maggie McKay, KFWB afternoon anchor
Hopefully you’ve done all your back to school shopping and can finally take a break. I can’t think of a better, easier, more laid back place to do that than the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden off Hilgard in Westwood (part of UCLA) and it’s FREE!
No matter how old you are, I’m pretty sure you’re going to like this a lot. It’s got ponds with turtles and fish and a few bridges, beautiful trees and benches and some squirrels.
There aren’t any bathrooms so plan ahead. And you’re not supposed to bring food in, but for a little downtime this is the place.
I wouldn’t call it hiking because it’s pretty flat, but do wear sneakers or comfortable shoes because it is all dirt roads. A hat and sunscreen can’t hurt either. Don’t miss the cactus section at the top.
Check out their website.
Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed on University Holidays
100 Stein Plaza Driveway, Los Angeles, California 90095
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden (MEMBG) is a living museum, having special collections designed to assist the undergraduate teaching mission at UCLA and to augment the capability for research on campus. MEMBG serves as a long-term repository for unusual plants, a refugium for biodiversity. This facility offers its educational content to the campus community, residents of Los Angeles, and visitors from around the world to enhance learning about plants and promote greater appreciation for relevance of plants to society.