Rancho Los Cerritos


The Rancho Los Cerritos offers visitors a chance to explore a true California rancho. The grounds contain a museum and offers tours, special events and educational programs. The adobe was built in 1844 and highlight the Spanish, Mexican and American history in the area. The adobe is two-stories in height and still contains furnishings from the 1860's through the 1880's. The rancho is a National Historic Landmark and also a California State and City of Long Beach Historic Landmark. The grounds contain gardens and a research library, both included in the tour. The rancho is owned by the City of Long Beach and is managed by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. The museum is open for tours Wednesday through Sunday in the afternoons. Guided tours are offered on the hour on these days and self-guided tours are available anytime the rancho is open. Group tours are available for groups of 10 to 60 people and require reservations. Tours are free. The rancho offers a variety of education programs including traveling trunks and a speakers group who will offer educational presentations at special events and gatherings. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables located throughout the gardens, or you can dine at the numerous restaurants and cafes in the Long Beach area.

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