29751 Crown Valley Pkwy,
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Kid-Friendly: Yes Dog-Friendly: Yes
Admission: Free Website Open: Daily sunrise-sunset
The purpose of the 18.2-acre botanical garden is to display garden-worthy plants appropriate to the Southern California region, collected from five areas of the world with similar Mediterranean climates.
Personal Experience: Niguel Botanical Preserve is a total gem, not only because it’s free, but because it is so spacious! We spent at least a solid hour here combing through the different areas.
There are labyrinths, rose gardens, native and succulent sections, butterfly gardens and so much more! Obviously these types of places are best visited in the spring when most plants are in bloom, but I imagine it’s a special place to visit all year long.
We visited during the peak of Covid when most areas were closed. This spot stayed open and we had the entire place to ourselves almost. Even then, it is spacious enough that if there were other people there, you could easily keep your distance.
There’s something so pleasing being in a garden. It has the ability to touch on all senses and is an easy way to connect with nature. I never get tired of visiting them.