Making a Reservation

Frequently Asked Questions: Making a Reservation

    • I hear it takes a long time to get a reservation. How far ahead do I need to book?

      We encourage  visitors and Members make a reservation three to  four weeks in advance for the best availability  although spaces are often available within a shorter window. If your preferred date is unavailable, please check back as we occasionally release tickets due to cancellations.

      Why can’t I just show up and pay at the door?

      Because Lotusland is a public garden operating in a private, residential neighborhood, advance reservations are required for all visits, and can be pre-paid by credit card or check. The County of Santa Barbara stipulates that we follow this rule with no exceptions.

      Can I bring my children?

      Children greatly enjoy the magic of Lotusland, and we encourage families to visit. Children do need to be closely monitored for their safety and to protect rare plant species, historic statuary and numerous water features.   All children, including infants, must be included on your reservation.

      Do you offer Group Tours?

      To ensure the best experience for all guests, those arriving in groups of 12+ must call to book their reservation. Group reservations include several benefits:

      • The ability to make two payments (an initial non-refundable deposit and a final payment adjusted to the final guest count)
      • A personal greeter will meet you at the visitor center
      • Docent-led tours are included and available mornings or afternoons
      • Groups are allotted a number of vehicles relative to group size without added car fees.

      Rates are $55/per person on weekdays and $60/per person on weekends

      Contact our Reservations team for more information or to book your Group Tour.   805.969.9990

      For information about adding a luncheon or reception after a group tour please contact

      What’s the cancellation policy?

      Cancellations made with at least a week’s notice will receive a full refund. Cancellations made with less than a week’s notice will be considered forfeited.

      How much does it cost to visit Lotusland?

      Adults are $50, children aged three to 17 are $25, and children two and under are free. Please visit our Membership page to find out how Members visit for free!

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