If you would like to spend all day in one place and still explore a variety of things: gardens, libraries and art galleries then The Huntington is the place for you. Our Airbnb host, George, told us about this place and I am very glad he did. It was one of my favorite things during the trip.
There is free parking, food and lots of open space for you to wander or sit. We noticed that there were a lot of families, elders and couples here. There are friendly staff around to help direct you to what you are looking for. Everyone we chatted with was respectful and genuine.
Apple and I visited the garden twice. The first day, we made the mistake of coming right at noon. We only made it through part of the Dessert Garden before getting really irritable and left because of the afternoon sun. "One of the largest succulent collections in the world." I never really looked at succulents and thought how pretty they were. I usually looked pass them. But after visiting this garden and seeing the backyard of the Airbnb we stayed at, I want some succulents now!
The second day, we visited at 11 AM so we had an hour to send exploring the Japanese Garden and Chinese Tea House before the sun hit us and we headed back to the house for a nap.
The Huntington is a really big center. You would really have to dedicate a whole day here if you want to see everything. If not, check out the map to pin point the sections you would like to see. I would recommend the three exhibits that we visited: Dessert Garden, Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden. There is also a restaurant and tea house with indoor and outdoor seating in the Chinese Garden.