Sherman Library and Gardens#7 in Best Things To Do in Newport Beach
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This attraction offers much more than a dusty selection of books. The Sherman Library and Gardens was founded in 1966 by businessman Arnold D. Haskell, who wanted to promote education and cultural learning. The botanical garden showcases more than 100 species of plants. Not to mention, there is a rose garden, a succulent garden and a tea garden within the complex. The tea garden is home to a creperie serving a variety of crepes in an outdoor dining setting on the weekends. The main restaurant, Café Jardin, allows visitors to dine on French favorites while admiring the flowers. The entirety of the garden was constructed with ecological conservation in mind, and it helps preserve biodiversity in the region.
Past visitors raved about the unique variety of flowers and succulents on display in the gardens, and said the colorful tile fountains scattered about bring a calming vibe to the area. Koi ponds and tiny hidden waterfalls also make for a peaceful day in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Newport Beach.
The 2-acre garden is located near Third and Dahlia avenues, in proximity to the downtown Corona Del Mar area. Parking is free, and there are public restrooms and a gift shop. As the name suggests, there is also a library on-site full of books that explore the history of the Pacific Southwest region. The library and garden often play host to a variety of art exhibitions, festivals and even yoga classes, so be sure to check out the website before you visit to see if there's an event planned. The library is open from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. every weekday, while the gardens are open every day from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Throughout the summer months, the garden is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Admission costs $5 for adults and is free for children 3 and younger.
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