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Filoli Guided Tours, Hikes, and Walks

Contact

Email: tours@filoli.org

Phone: (650) 364–8300,
extension 509
Fax: (650) 367–0724

For Large Groups

For group tours or group lunches of 12 or more, contact Visitor Services at (650) 364–8300, extension 509.


More Information
Filoli Visitor Map
Filoli Visitor Map

A detailed layout of the House, Gardens and pathways.

For best results, print on 8.5x14 paper. Requires Acrobat Reader. Full Color Versions available at the Visitor and Education Center upon arrival.

Ironwork detail of a Filoli gateIronwork detail of a Filoli gate. Photo by: Donnetta Murray

We offer a variety of guided tours, unique hikes and walks to help enrich your Filoli experience. All tours are free with the price of admission. Prepaid advanced reservations are recommended, especially during April and May.

Groups at Filoli are considered 12 or more. Please call Visitor Services for group rate information.

House & Garden Tours

Guided by Filoli volunteer docents, these tours last approximately two hours. An hour is spent in the House and an hour is spent in the Garden. The walking is at a casual pace as the docents talk about each area. Tour times are Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm.

Sunday Tours— For A Limited Time!

Take a docent–guided one–hour tour of the House or Gardens on Sundays in June and July. Plan to spend the day at Filoli, with lunch in the Café, and join us for both tours! Walk–ins only, no need to register in advance.

Nature Preserve Hikes

Filoli offers a wide range of hikes and walks through its Nature Preserve throughout the year for adults, families, and groups. For more information, see the flyer, Filoli Nature Experiences for Friends and Families (PDF 448K) and Filoli Nature Education for Schools (PDF 449K). Use the links under Guided Hikes and Walks below to schedule your Nature Preserve Hike. Groups of 12 or larger should contact Visitor Services at (650) 364–8300, extension 509.

Guided Hikes and Walks

Nature Hike Group

Saturday Nature Hikes

Saturdays, February 11, March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 13, 27, June 10, 24, July 8, 22, August 12, 26, September 9, October 14 or 28, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Guide: Filoli Nature Education Docents

Did you know that Filoli's nature preserve has over seven miles of trails crisscrossing six different types of native California habitats? Join experienced Nature Education Docents on a guided 2 hour hike along some of these well-maintained trails. Experience the beauty and tranquility of our nature preserve while learning about our natural environment and the wildlife that makes Filoli their home.

Adult fee per walk: $10 members; $20 non–members
Child fee per walk: $5 members; $10 non–members. Children age 12 and up are welcome.

Filoli at Sunset

Sunset Hikes

Thursdays, June 15, July 20 or August 24, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Guide: Filoli Nature Education Docents

Experience the tranquility of Filoli’s nature preserve in the light of the setting sun. Bring your family for a hike in the woodlands at dusk, the ideal time of day to spot our resident wildlife. Don’t forget your cameras and binoculars! This is a two-hour hike on varied terrain. At times it can be strenuous. Please discuss any physical limitations with your docent before you head out. For safety reasons (narrow, steep & rocky) strollers and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on the trails.

Adult fee per walk: $10 members; $15 non–members
Child fee per walk: $5 members; $10 non–members. Children 5 and older are welcome. Non-member fee includes same day admission to the House and Garden.

Several mushrooms growing from the ground

Mushroom Walks

Saturdays, February 11 or March 4, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Guide: Filoli Nature Education Docents

The winter rains provide an excellent opportunity to look for signs of fungi. Please join us on a discovery excursion along the hills at Filoli. Over the years, over 350 different fungi have been identified at Filoli, so be prepared for surprises at your feet! The ground may be damp and soggy and it might be raining, so please be prepared. Wear layered clothing, sturdy shoes and bring an umbrella if you wish. Children age 12 and up are welcome.

Adult fee per walk: $10 members; $20 non–members
Child fee per walk: $5 members; $10 non–members

California Newt

Newt Exploration

Sundays, March 5 or April 2, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Guide: Filoli Nature Education Docents

Newts are amphibians in the salamander family and Filoli boasts one of the largest newt migrations in the west. The moisture-rich habitat of our nature preserve is ideal for the California Newt. Every year they travel several miles during migration and have a special homing ability that allows them to return to our pond where they were born. Though they are long-lived, newts are extremely vulnerable to a variety of human-caused conditions. Take a hike with one of our trained nature docents and learn more about these fascinating woodland creatures.

Adult fee per walk: $10 members; $20 non–members
Child fee per walk: $5 members; $10 non–members. Children age 7 and up are welcome.

The Property through Time

Sundays, May 7, June 11, August 6 or October 1,
Fridays, June 23 or July 21, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Guide: Filoli Nature Education Docents

Discover how the families that lived at Filoli used what is now the Nature Preserve. Go on a Docent led hike to visit these special locations – the pond and water tanks, the Bocce court, the cemetery and so much more. This hike covers approximately 2 miles of trails with steep inclines; dress for hiking and don’t forget your camera!

Adult fee per walk: $10 members; $20 non–members
Child fee per walk: $5 members; $10 non–members. Children age 7 and up are welcome.

Red Shouldered Hawk

Bird Walks

Saturdays, April 29, May 20 or June 17, or Thursdays, May 11 or June 8, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Guide: Members of the Sequoia Audubon Society and Friends of Filoli

Enter the world of fly catchers, grosbeaks, swallows, warblers and red-shouldered hawks on a Filoli bird walk. Hundreds of migrating birds visit Filoli each year on their way from Central and South America to their breeding grounds farther north. Many birds decide to stay in these woodlands and nest. Don’t forget your binoculars and a bird field guide (if you have them).

Adult fee per walk: $10 members; $20 non–members
Child fee per walk: $5 members; $10 non–members

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Orchard Walks

The Orchard at Filoli is 6.8 acres in size and includes a wide variety of fruit tree varieties including apples, pears, plums, quince, nectarines, nuts and more. It also boasts a collection of approximately 130 grape varieties. It is an eclectic connoisseur’s collection of European and American varieties of fruits, many of which were originally grown for the enjoyment of the family of the estate. Take a guided walk in our orchard and learn more about this defining landscape feature, taste fruit (when available) right off the tree and discover what Filoli is doing to conserve not only the rare fruits but the traditions of this unique heirloom orchard. These fun informative walks will begin mid-June and be offered on select Saturday and Sunday mornings, and weekday evenings. A complete schedule and registration will be available on our website in March.

Adult Fee Per Walk: $10 members; $20 non–members.
Child Fee Per Walk: $5 members; $10 non–members.
Non-member fee includes same day admission to the House and Garden during normal hours.

Dining Options for Groups

Groups of 12 – 19

For your convenience the Café at Filoli offers you the opportunity to order box lunches. This gives you designated seating in the Café. The price is $17.00 plus tax per box lunch. The box includes a sandwich, side salad, brownie/cookie and beverage. A 50 percent deposit is due at booking. Final order and non–refundable payment is required two weeks prior to visit. For information on tour reservation and group lunch options please email tours@filoli.org or phone Visitor Service at 650–364–8300, ext 208.
Picnicking is not allowed at Filoli.

Groups of 20 and larger

Please contact Filoli Visitor Services about group rental options. Please email tours@filoli.org or phone (650) 364–8300, ext. 208