Plan Your Visit to GLOW


GLOW is a visually stunning art installation that will transform the South Coast Botanic Garden’s lush botanic oasis into an oceanic experience for our Garden Lights & Ocean Waters theme using thousands of lights and set to a curated soundtrack featuring various musical genres. GLOW has been reimagined for its sophomore year but will still maintain its ocean theme. For a how-to-guide to enjoying GLOW, click here.


GLOW is open to the public every day from November 20, 2021 through January 17, 2022, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Reserved tickets are required: Reserved tickets start as early as 5:30 p.m. and as late as 8:30 p.m. Need help purchasing your ticket or membership? Call (424) 452-0920.

Ticket prices: $24.95/members, $34.95/non-members, Children 2 and under are free.

Policies: Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable to another date or time. Tickets have timed entry and must be purchased in advance. GLOW visitors can plan for up to 90 minutes in the Garden once their reservation begins. GLOW takes place rain or shine.

No tailgating is allowed.

Can I join as a Member and reserve my GLOW tickets at the same time? Online Membership purchases can take up to 48 hours to activate. To purchase a Membership and reserve your tickets at the same time, please call 424-452-0920 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


  • Where do guests park? There is plenty of FREE parking at the Garden. Tailgating is also not allowed.

  • What should guests bring? Bring comfortable shoes for a lot of walking, appropriate clothing for the weather and an umbrella if it’s raining (GLOW takes place rain or shine). Feel free to bring a flashlight.

  • Are tripods allowed? We want you to enjoy GLOW long after you’ve left and encourage you to take pictures, but because of the constraints during a nighttime walk and for the safety of other participants, we ask that you use your handheld camera or phone and leave any monopods or tripods at home.

  • What can guests do during this time? Guests can enjoy an after-dark walk through the Garden amidst hundreds of thousands of lights while listening to a curated soundtrack created for GLOW. There will also be food and beverage available, as well as ample room to stop and enjoy the environment with your fellow guests.

  • Will there be food and drinks available for purchase? Yes! On most nights, snack-type food and beverages will be available at various locations. Concessions can typically be found at the new Staghorn Fern Collection, the Rose Garden and on the lawn right before you head into the Banyan Falls. Please note, our food and beverage areas will be cashless and the menu and locations are subject to change.

  • Is GLOW appropriate for kids and families? Yes, this exhibition is for everyone!

  • Is there a seating area? Yes! Seating is available in a variety of benches throughout the Garden as well as community seating available in the new Staghorn Fern Collection area.

  • Is there anything to be aware of before purchasing a ticket? Those with sensory sensitivities and disorders should be aware of flashing lights and music throughout the walk.
    ● Wheelchair accessibility is limited to our paved paths, though please note that our paved paths do include uneven pavement and hills. Wheelchairs are not rentable nor are they recommended to fully experience GLOW.
    ● GLOW trail routes may be limited during heavy rain.


Are there volunteer opportunities for GLOW? Yes! We are looking for volunteers each night of GLOW. Learn more and sign up in 3 easy steps here.