Visiting Exposition Park Rose Garden in Los Angeles

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    Visiting the Exposition Park Rose Garden

    Exposition Park Rose Garden
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    The Rose Garden at Exposition Park is a popular place to walk, relax and picnic near USC and the Exposition Park museums. It is also a popular photo location for weddings and for amateur and professional photo shoots.

    The Rose Garden at Exposition Park, originally called the Sunken Garden, was designated as one of the first features when Exposition Park was converted from a former agricultural park and race track in 1913. The LA Department of Recreation and Parks planted 15,000 bushes with over 100 varieties (1) of roses and other flowers for the Rose Garden's opening in 1928. That has since grown to over 200,000 bushes and over 200 varieties of roses with a few other flower varieties around its borders.

    The grassy trails through the 7 acres of flowers and the various picnic shelters are popular spots for USC students and visitors to neighboring museums to take a break. On weekends the Rose Garden, with its graceful central fountain, is a frequent backdrop for weddings and photo shoots (photo shoots require a picture permit).

    The Rose Garden is located between the Natural History Museum to the West, the California Science Center to the South, the Science Center's Wallis Annenberg Building and the California African American Museum ​to the East and the University of Southern California across Exposition Blvd to the north.

    The Rose Garden was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

    Exposition Park Rose Garden

    Exposition Park at the corner of Vermont and Exposition
    701 State Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90037
    Hours: 8:30 am to dusk.
    Closed: January 1 to March 15 every year for maintenance 
    Cost: Free
    Parking: $12, cash only, at California Science Center or Natural History Museum
    Metro: The Expo Park/USC stop  (at 661 Exposition Blvd) on the Metro Expo Line, which runs between Downtown LA and Santa Monica, with connections to Hollywood and Long Beach, stops is right in front of the Exposition Park Rose Garden.

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    The Rose Garden Fountain and Natural History Museum

    Exposition Park Rose Garden with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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    The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's original 1913 building makes a beautiful backdrop to the west of the Exposition Park Rose Garden. The Rose Garden is ​a popular location to take wedding or engagement photos. All professional photography, or photography with a professional camera, requires a permit. The central fountain adds to its romantic photo opportunities. 

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    Exposition Park Rose Garden Facing East

    Walking through the Exposition Park Rose Garden
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    A view of the Exposition Park Rose Garden facing east toward the Wallis Annenberg Building, which houses research labs and classroom facilities of the California Science Center. The garden is a nice spot for a romantic stroll and one of the ​best places to propose in Los Angeles

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    Taking a Break at the Exposition Park Rose Garden

    A Family at the Exposition Park Rose Garden
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    The benches around the Rose Garden's central fountain and other picnic areas are popular with families taking a lunch break from the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum. 

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    Exposition Park Rose Garden Facing South

    The Exposition Park Rose Garden Looking South
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    Roses in bloom in early July at the Exposition Park Rose Garden facing south toward the main building of the California Science Center.