Hours:5am-9:30am for early morning workout program; Gates open again at 10am for races.
Cost:Adults $5; Children under 17 free. Parking is $3-$5.
about Santa Anita Park:
The historic Santa Anita Park is known as one of the most beautiful race tracks in the world, and on a clear day, with the snow-capped mountains in the distance, the waving palm trees, silk-clad jockeys, and shining thoroughbreds create a picture that more than lives up to its billing. Yes, you may encounter a few colorful characters during your day at the track, but the management has made family comfort a priority in its recent restoration, and a family outing to Santa Anita is well worth the drive. The Infield playground areas are colorful and clean. There's a wonderful circular swing set, a geodesic dome that draws climbers like a magnet, and a fantastically complicated structure of spiralling slides - all arrayed atop a thick rubberized safety mat. Sunny and shady spots for picnic blankets abound, and there are tables and benches for those without. Basic refreshments and snacks are also available. Children could easily spend a happy day in the Infield playground and barely notice the thoroughbreds as they thunder around the track. But it would be a pity to miss the chance to show your kids the racehorses for which the 65-year-old track was built. Take a walk through the Paddock Gardens to the saddling barns, where you can see the horses being groomed, and watch the jockeys conferring with the trainers. Listen for the bugle that calls the horses to the post, and then walk by the lifesize statue of the famed Seabiscuit, and on to the restored Art Deco Grandstand to watch the actual race from start to finish. The thrill is unforgettable. Wagering, of course, is optional, and only parents can place the actual bets, but let the kids pick a horse; maybe you'll get lucky, and cover your costs for the day! Santa Anita offers a wide range of facilities for parties - from the elegant Turf Club to the completely casual picnic areas in the Infield - at a variety of costs. There is a special staff to help you plan your event; call 800.574.6401 for information.
Enter the Park through the North gate, from the Colorado Street parking lot. This entrance takes you right into the Infield, and the playground and picnic areas. Beware the traffic jam after the last race. You can also take a walk in the Arboretum, located across the street to the west, to finish off your day in Arcadia!
Take the 210 Freeway east to the Baldwin Avenue exit, go south and turn left immediately on Colorado Street. Follow signs. OR take the 110 Freeway east to the end, take Arroyo Parkway north and turn right on California Blvd. Take California to Huntington Drive, and turn left. Follow signs.
Parking costs between $3-$5, or $10 for valet.
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