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Filoli is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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 15 or more, contact Reservations at (650) 364–8300, extension 508 or by email to ticketing@filoli.org.


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.

We offer a variety of guided tours, hikes, and walks to help enrich your Filoli experience. Space is limited so prepaid advanced reservations are recommended.

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

House and Garden Tours

Tours are guided by docents and cover one hour in the House and one hour in the Garden and are at a casual walking pace; a wheelchair accessible route is available. Tours are booked on a first–come, first–served basis daily, and leave from the Visitor and Education Center. Space is limited and groups are required to book tours in advance. Please call the Admissions Office at (650) 364–8300, ext. 509.

Two–hour House and Garden Tour10:30 am or 1:00 pm$10 per person
One–hour House Tour10:30 am or 1:00 pm$5 per person
One–hour Garden Tour12:00 pm or 2:30 pm$5 per person

Custom Tours

Groups can purchase custom tours for up to 15 people. The fee is $75 plus group admission rate of $15 per person for adults, $10 per person for children. Tours can be topical and/or access non–public areas of the property such as the Nature Preserve, Gentlemen’s Orchard, and special areas in the house. To make reservations please contact Visitor Services by email to visitorservices@filoli.org or by phone to (650) 364–8300, ext. 507.

Guided Hikes and Walks

Nature Hike Group

Saturday Nature Hikes

Saturdays, April 8 (sold out), 22 (sold out), 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. For safety reasons (narrow, steep, and rocky) strollers and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on the trails.

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

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.

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Camellia Walks

Thursdays and Saturdays, February 23 through March 25, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

For much of the year, the deep glossy green foliage of Filoli’s camellias provides lush backdrops and cooling canopies throughout the garden. During the months of January through March, when they are at their peak, shrubs and small trees are bursting with stunning displays in all shades of red, white and pink. Filoli has an extensive collection of these garden beauties, some more than 70 years old. Join us on a guided Camellia Walk and find out about the special characteristics of the different plants, where they fit in the landscape, the history of Camellias at Filoli, which ones are fragrant and more!

Fee: $10 members; $20 non–members.

 
Filoli painting with rabbit

Art Walks

Wednesdays, March 15, May 17, July 19, or September 20, 2017, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Guide: David Landsidle, Filoli Docent

Take a guided walk and learn about Filoli’s significant art collection that was amassed by the previous owners, the Bourns and the Roths, as well as through donations. The collection includes the portraits of Filoli’s owners, English and American marine paintings, works by John Singer Sergeant, 17th and 18th English portraits, a major 1700 Dutch still life, and several large paintings of Ireland commissioned to decorate the 70’ ballroom.

Fee for each class: $10 members; $20 non–members

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

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.

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.

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Orchard Walks

Thursdays, June 22, July 20, August 17, September 28, October 26, 5:30 pm to 7 pm.
Thursday, August 3, 10:30 am to 12:0 pm
Saturdays, June 24, July 15, 29, August 12, 26, September 9, 16, 30, October 7, 21, 28, 10:30 am to 12:0 pm
Thursday, September 14, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday, October 19th 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

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 15 – 20

For your convenience Quail’s Nest Café at Filoli boxed lunches are available to order. Prices start at $20.00 per boxed lunch. A 50% non–refundable deposit is due at booking. Final order and non–refundable payment is required 10 days prior to visit. For information on tour reservation and group lunch options please call Visitor Service at (650) 364–8300, ext. 509.

For open hours and admission prices, see Plan Your Visit.

Groups of 21 and larger

Please contact Filoli Visitor Services about group rental options. Please email events@filoli.org or phone (650) 364–8300, ext. 221