Parks & Gardens

Wilder Ranch State Park (Santa Cruz)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early morning or 60-90 minutes before sunset

Best time of year: Year-round

Parking: fee for main lot

Wilder ranch features rustic buildings nestled between small gardens and trees. 2 hour sessions can take advantage of the cliffside views of the coastline which are a 20 minute walk from the farm. 

Note: 90 minute session at this location also includes beach photos

Google Maps Link

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Roaring Camp Railroads (Felton)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early-mid morning or 90 minutes before sunset

Best time of year: Year-round

Parking: Fee for main lot

Roaring camp is particularly fun for small children. Surrounded by the redwoods and neighboring Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, Roaring Camp is sprinkled with trains and old rustic buildings.

Google Maps Link

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Quail Hollow Ranch County Park (Felton)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early-mid morning or 90 minutes before sunset

Best time of year: Spring and summer

Parking: Free

Stables, small fields, a murky pond, and trails through the redwoods are the main features of Quail Hollow. Less crowded than the other forest-y locations, it's a great option for families. 

Google Maps Link

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Vassna Lake CountyPark (Los Gatos)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early-mid morning or 2 hours before sunset

Best time of year: Year-round

Parking: Fee for all lots

Vasona sessions typically look clean and manicured, but still have a nature feel. Vasona features a large lake, a beautiful bridge and large oaks.

Google Maps Link

Note: $50 travel fee applies

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Rose Garden (San Jose)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early-mid morning or 2 hours before sunset

Best time of year: spring to fall

Parking: Free street parking

The rose garden is full of color and looks clean and manicured in photos. It can occasionally be a bit crowded. 

Google Maps Link

Note: $50 travel fee applies

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Berkeley Botanical Gardens (Berkeley)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early-mid morning or 2 hours minutes before sunset

Best time of year: Year-round

Google Maps Link

Note: $100 travel fee applies

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Noble Harvest Lavender Farm (Aptos)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early-mid morning or 2 hours minutes before sunset

Best time of year: July only

Google Maps Link

Note: $100 location fee applies

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Hollins House at the Pasatiempo Golf Club (Santa Cruz)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early-mid morning or 2 hours minutes before sunset

Best time of year: Year-round

Google Maps Link

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Conservatory of Flowers and Arboretum (San Francisco)

Accessibility: Easy

Best time of day: Early-mid morning or 2 hours minutes before sunset

Best time of year: Year-round

Google Maps Link

Note: $100 travel fee applies

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