Santa Anita Park
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- 64%Family Travelers
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- Santa Anita ParkMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 2
Horse races are actually pretty fun to watch. I came here for the first time, and as a beginner, didn't really know how to bet on the horses. But it was actually not that hard to learn. They give you a book and a description of who they think has the better chances of winning for each race, and you can decide from there who you want to bet on. There are different types of bets: wins, exacta, trifecta, etc. Bets start at $1 so it's not that expensive if you're just a beginner. You soon start to get the hang of it and start reading the details of each horse and their statistics carefully. Pretty fun.
To bet, you just go up to one of the cash and bet windows and tell them what you want to do. You can also bet yourself, but you need to buy a voucher, which isn't really worth paying for in my opinion. The betting lines go fast though so you don't really have to wait. There are plenty of windows open.
Alcohol is served here as well. They normally charge an entrance fee as well as parking fee. Valet is available at a higher cost.Recommended for:
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This place was a weekly ritual for a while. lovin it..don't tell ,,,but i believe some people were actually smoking crack cocaine in the center green..who would have thunk it.. anyway..besides that..beautiful track. great fun..it is accessible to professional gambers(like my boyfriend) and newbies (like me), i learned derby/track/gambling etiqueette here..i will never forget mint juleps in the players club on derby day.. i remember every hat i wore to the track..after all..race track day is dress and hat day.i used to buy my outfits at polkadots aond monbeams on wilshire (i think)l..something from betsy johnson on melrose with matching gloves would be ok, ICE always acceptable, and any overpriced boutiquie with a 400 dollar velvet hat or a 600 dollar woven hat is all good.can't say enough great things about the great experiences i had here.....thanks dr. greg..still luv ya..oh ya i gambled also...
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Came here for an event,
Parking: General $4 and Valet.
Okay, I signed up thinking that this was the Los Alamitos Race Course, which is way closer to my house.
After deciding to carpool with Rodney S, I was thinking why does he want to carpool.
Oh, after looking it up on google maps. Dayam, this is far.
But, this would be my second time helping to break/earn a Guinness World Record.
At my first Guinness World Record attempt/event, I got a commemorative t-shirt.
Still brand new sitting in my wardrobe closet.
But, Santa Anita gave a commemorative beer glass.
Check in was a breeze.
After a minor snafu with directions, we made it in time to head down to the designated area for the event.
I loved the signs - check-in, getting close, almost there, Made locating the designated area easy breezy.
They setup tables expecting ~700. But, I don't remember the exact count at the end. Here is a link to the older record: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/12000/largest-beer-tasting.
For having such a large group, the tasting was pretty organized. The inner row of tables got to walk to the beer tables, while the outer row of tables got served their beers. We were treated to sample three types of beer (chocolate wheat shock top, orange shock top, and Stella Artois). My favorite was hands down the chocolate wheat shock top! I must confess I had more than one sample. It was that good.
Bonus: I won a t-shirt in the raffle drawing. And, my friend gave me another t-shirt that she got at the event. Score!!
Afterwards, we walked around the grounds, and checked out the VIP/club house.
Nice to walk around and see the horse up close.
Overall, I would recommend to come and check it out at least once.Recommended for:
- Santa Anita ParkMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4
Santa Anita Park is located in the City of Arcadia. Some consider this park to be the most beautiful track in the world. However, the park is also named one of the "Most Endangered Historical Places." This park is most famous for Sea biscuit. They have a statue outside to honor him.
General Admission: $5 and Regular Parking is $4
+ Low Admission and Parking Fee
+ To collect your winning bet there will either be a short line or no line due to a large number of cashiers.
+ If you like to bet horses from other parks then this park can do so without much hassle.
+ Located in a good area where the crime rate is low.
+ There is a Kid Zone and Pony Ride.
+ Occasional freebie giveaway
- Little has been done to upgrade the park; the tunnel still felt like it was 1934 !
- Can be confusing to bet here first time as there is no instructions on the machine.
* Located just East of the Westfield Santa Anita Mall.
My Two Cents
Santa Anita Park is truly an iconic racetrack. If you have never been to this park then it is definitely worth your time; even if you are not interested in betting on horses there is a lot of events been held here. This park continues facing an uncertain future mostly due to the financial problem it faces.Recommended for:
- Santa Anita ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4
Whats funner than a food truck event and a racetrack right? This was a fun and awesome day. Granted, my horse did lose twice by a hair on its chin, but it was a great day.
The place is full of the latest and greatist betting cards and news papers. The food is what it is, its the racetrack, so get your burger, hotdog and beer and head off to the track.
The atmosphere is great as well with a mix of 1. Gamblers there all day. 2. Gamblers that just lost and want to make a hole in the ground with their ticket. 3. Normal people. Its a mix that is always there, but the service is good and is well worth it.
- Santa Anita ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14
We did the Big Santa Anita Loop =) This is a great scenic loop trip form Chantry flat, we climbed the Gabrielino Trail to Sturtevant Camp, and returned by the Mt. Zion and Upper Winter Creek trails.
We started down a paved road. There are a number of small cabins along the way.
The trail is in the middle of a beautiful oak woodland, and there's a 4 way junction of trails.
We then went to see the 50-foot-high Sturtevant Falls, a worthy trip. =)
FYI, take the middle (lower) trail -the more scenic and exciting alternative. This trail slices across a sheer wall above the falls and continues through miniature cascades and pools.
About 2 miles into the hike you will reach Cascade Picnic where ther are restrooms. Another a mile, you will reach Spruce Grove trail Camp. This is a nice place to stop for a snack or you can continue to Sturtevant Camp which is less than 1 mile where you can relax and have a swing.
Cross a dam and take the MT. Zion trail to upper Winter trail.
The trip back up can be a PAIN =) so be ready!
Overall, a great fun enjoyable afternoon of hiking. =)
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This is my favorite race track in Southern California. They have outstanding food not only in their fancier restaurant Front Runners but also just in the common cafe areas. They have amazing stew and clam chowder. And it's just a beautiful park!
- Santa Anita ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2
Even if you're not into horse-racing a visit to Santa Anita Park can conjure historic images. This is where the Marx Brothers spent "A Day at the Races" and celebrities raced their horses and hung out in the stands. This was the home racetrack for the famous thoroughbred Seabiscuit. His statue is at the front entrance.
During World War II Santa Anita was the largest Assembly Center for the Japanese American internments. Pending their transfer to permanent internment centers, about 20,000 Japanese Americans lived at the racetrack during 1942, in temporary housing in the stable area and in barracks constructed on the parking lot.
- Santa Anita ParkMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2First to Review
Take a hike at Santa Anita Canyon (and Sturtevant Falls)
Distance: 9.12 miles round-trip
Getting There: Take the Santa Anita exit from the 210 toward Acadia. Keep on Santa Anita Canyon Road until it ends at Chantry Flats. You can park here or at the Pack Station, where you’ll have to pay five bucks. Beware “No Parking” signs – you WILL get a ticket! From the parking lot, head south to the trailhead, which follows a narrow paved road down a sharp decline. The trail is well-shaded and well-marked, but we recommend bringing a map just in case if it’s your first time. You might also want to bring a camera to take pictures of all the beautiful waterfalls, especially the fifty-foot tall Sturtevant Falls.