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Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Rancho Los Alamitos takes its name from an 1834 Mexican partition of the 1784 Rancho Los Nietos, a Spanish concession, covering an area in present-day California's southwestern Los Angeles County and northwestern Orange County. Los Alamitos means the Little Cottonwoods or Poplars in Spanish, after the native Fremont Cottonwood trees there.

Rancho Los Alamitos originally included much of the area of present-day eastern Long Beach, all of Los Alamitos and Rossmoor, and most of Seal Beach, Cypress, Stanton and Garden Grove. It is also sometimes referred to as Bixby Ranch, after its last private owners. The early 19th century adobe ranch house still stands today, housing a museum which presents the history of the area.

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  • My traveling partner was attending a conference so I decided to catch the city bus from the Westin and visit this beautiful property. I mainly went for the gardens but was delighted with the whole...  more »
  • Rancho Los Alamitos is a beautiful and historical part of Long Beach history. Gorgeous gardens and the historical house and barns are worth the time to spend. Go!  more »
  • My favorite place!! The docents are exceptional, the gardens verdant and very well taken care and my favorite part is going to their barn and spending time with the ranch animals. My children love going there and you cannot beat the price because it's free! If you go make sure to take a tour of the adobe house and go see the garden that the Olmsted brothers designed and remember they only open after 1 pm.
  • In the Spring you have to visit this place for the wisteria scent is in the air. The docent tours are a must. But the gardens win accolades. Go for it and visit anytime of the year and the farm animals will be an extra treat. A chicken strolled up to me looking for a treat.

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