Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square
Categories: Gardens, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
One of the United States' premier botanical gardens, Longwood Gardens spans over 436 hectares (1,077 acres) and is home to 11,000 different types of plants and trees. The Longwood conservatory hosts 20 indoor gardens, with one of the world’s most impressive greenhouse structures. The greenhouse spans 0.8 km (0.5 mi) and boasts an array of colorful plants from around the world. Outside, the chimes tower and waterfall and the Italian water garden make fantastic places to sit and relax. End your visit with a cup of coffee and a pastry at The Lodge, where you can enjoy superb views of Longwood. Plan to visit Longwood Gardens and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kennett Square attractions using our Kennett Square tour planner.
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The flowers were beautiful even though we were not there at their peak. We were a little disappointed that the water fountains were still being renovated. We will go back next year to see them at thei... read more »
Since the regular tickets for Nightscape were sold out, we bought the LATE NIGHT tickets, which gives admission starting at 9:00pm. I thought these tickets would at least be cheaper than the regular t... read more »
The gardens and scenery were beautiful and immaculately trimmed. Some great new fountain gardens are under construction and due to open spring 2017. The Night Scape was awesome with huge light project... read more »
Not worth the price, as of right now. Basically, 60% of the park is paths of identical trees. 10% of the park, the main fountain attraction, is closed due to "revitalization", 10% of the park is what is essentially a greenhouse with various plants and fountains. Not very good for photos and you won't find wildlife like birds or trees, but the building looks nice and has some pretty upscale bathrooms (which I would expect for the price). This is presumably to protect the plants from winter season, although it would have been nicer if the roof actually opened. The walkways inside of the greenhouse-type building are too narrow, so you can't actually take pictures, read signs, inspect in detail the plants. Maybe 5% of the flowers of park is actually outside, but you will only find bees. It would be great if they released butterflies. 5% of the park is restaurants, but there are no vending machines around because the park doesn't permit food for some reason (in my opinion, food should be allowed, just say outright not to litter). Remaining 10% is a different trail that leads to a small fountain display, one of the only major fountains currently remaining in the park. I would wait until the fountain area revitalization project competes in Jan 2017 to go, or else you'll regret paying the price.
My favorite place on earth!!! All I can say is that it is a MUST see. The history of Longwood, the conservatory, the 7 tree houses built by the popular show the TREEHOUSE BUILDERS are incredible, I love that they use natural ways to maintain the gardens. There are cats on the property that are actual employees, they have a food plan , shelter, and health care. I would LOVE to work or live there...
The membership here is worth it. The events are amazing, whether your there to take your kids to have breakfast with Santa or the Easter Bunny. The Christmas decorations are a must see. They put a lot of work in to making things look perfect year round. Also, check out the bathrooms in the conservatory, they're world famous for being one of the highest rated bathrooms in the country.
Very beautiful garden with many different plants and Eco systems to examine. For about $7 more than general admission, you can get 'nightscape' tickets (seasonal) which includes admission to the gardens for night time viewing and fireworks. Beautifully lit boardwalks and bridges offer quite the scenery. Potential for beautiful photos here!!!
Lovely to LOOK at, delightful to tour. The site is expansive and has great attractions including walking Trails, Restrooms, nice snack options ! Great time for all ages and enjoyable with flowers and trees for every description. Expect to spend a minimum of approximately (3) three hours in order to get your monies worth! AM & PM options available ! Too many exhibits CLOSED on too many occasions !
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