Friday, May 3, 2013

Pio Pico State Historic Park: Family Fun

A combination of donations from citizens and the city of Whittier saved Pio Pico State Park from closure in 2012. Before the scheduled closure I visited the park and was delighted to find that this often looked over park is a great family friendly gem.

Luscious green lawns spread out over several acres beg for a game of tag. Well kept gardens stimulate the aspiring gardener to consider native plants. A grape arbor provides an inviting place for friends to talk under the cool shade of vines. A children's garden anxiously awaits the sound of laughter and the patter of little feet.  The memories of days gone by can be heard in the echoes of footfalls on the wooden floor of the adobe.

The park and adobe are open every Saturday and Sunday and for special events throughout the year. Free admission and parking. For information about the adobe visit

Pio Pico State Historic Park
Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am -4:00pm
Adobe Hours: 10:00am - 3:30pm
6003 Pioneer Blvd, Whittier, CA 90606
Pio Pico Park. The adobe home is on the left. The grape arbor is straight down the path.

The Children's Garden has a meandering path of stepping stones and an "archaeological pit" where children can search for hidden treasure! For an extra bit of fun, have your kids bring a sand shovel and very small 'treasures' to bury for other children to discover.



  1. Fantastic!! I'll be here Saturday. Thanks for this post : )

  2. BTW, there are some Freebie event updates on their site for this summer :)