Astra Lumina - Palos Verdes - CAI am always looking for out-of-this-world experiences, but unless I win the lotto and go as a space tourist, I have to make do with closer-to-earth excursions. 

When I heard about Astra Lumina, a magical night walk through a botanical garden with lights and sounds of visiting stars, I had to try it. 

Through the magic of projections, lighting, and music, astral energy transforms the garden into a celestial pathway, connecting visitors to the stars and the vast world around them.

Astra Lumina - Palos Verdes - CAThe creators, Moment Factory, laid out a path through this beautiful garden and filled it with light effects, lasers, and dreamy music that mesmerized visitors and propelled us into outer space.

This enchanting walk can take 45 to 60 minutes and goes through varied terrain. Some steep inclines may be difficult for the elderly, but we found some bench seats to rest and admire the scenery. 

The ticket prices are reasonable, around $30 per person. They are timed tickets, which means you have an appointment to enter the gardens. But once you are inside, you can stroll at your leisure, rest on the benches, or visit the snack bar.

Important Note: The event contains many strong lighting effects, of which some may flicker or strobe. 

Astra Lumina - Palos Verdes - CASince this is an open-air activity, come prepared for the cold weather. We brought heavy jackets but still felt the chill, and I wish I had brought a beany too. 

The botanical gardens are in Palos Verdes Peninsula, a large land mass jutting into the Pacific Ocean. The Peninsula is worth a visit on its own, with beach hiking trails, stunning cliff views, and distinguished restaurants.  

Before the show, we enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner at Avenue Italy Cucina Italiana. The food and service were excellent, but the prices were a little on the high side. 

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA