How Can You Go Wrong With Ducks and Turtles?

For years I walked the corridors and pathways of Cal State Fullerton, never realizing that practically right on campus was the Fullerton Arboretum.

Somehow, we found it about five years ago, and have enjoyed visiting many times since.

Sandwiched between the new(ish) dorms and the baseball stadium, there are acres of flowers, cacti, trees and even a couple of lakes and a stream. There is a children’s garden as well as a historical homestead that is open on the weekends to view.

It is certainly no Huntington Gardens, but it has its own calming charm. On my last trip, there was a man who was clothed head to toe in aqua and purple (including headband and socks) while performing his tai chi. As long as he is not there to visually impair you, sitting by the lake and watching the ducks and turtles swim lazily can be extremely relaxing.

Best of all, admission and parking are free, although they do request a two dollar donation. Each time I go, I mentally chalk up how much money I technically owe them, as I have yet to pay up. Shame on me, I know.

1 Comment so far

  1. Erin (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    I love the Arboretum. It’s always nearly empty on weekdays, so when I had three-hour breaks (I went to CSUF for undergrad) I’d alternate between a bench in the Arboretum and the rain-fountain-bleachers in the art department.

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