Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square

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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. Put Longwood Gardens at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kennett Square online trip itinerary planner .
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  • November is obviously not the best time to visit. With the exception of the Open Air Fountain show (5 minutes), none of the other water features were open. I imagine visiting in summer is beautiful wh...  more »
  • Longwood Gardens is always a great place to visit. The gardens are always being changed and in bloom; the grounds are large enough that you can always find something new, and the food choices and open...  more »
  • We visited Longwoods gardens at the end of October. Much of the outdoor grounds were past growing season but there were still many plants to enjoy as well as a few small buildings on the property. The...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens, and vast expanses of greenery to explore. The fountain show wasn't all that, but the kids (aged 3 and 4) loved it and the music was beautiful. If your kids are aged 1 to 6, definitely plan for an hour or so in the play area on the east end of the conservatory (large glass roofed structure adjacent to the main fountain area). It's a huge indoor space, only one entrance/exit that you have to watch, and your kids will go to town exploring the 'heavily flowered' tunnels, mazes and walkways, getting wet in the fountain, playing with sand and toys that are lying around, watching the smokey pit, and bouncing off the other kids. Worth every penny, especially since the kids were free (you start paying for them at age 5)
  • I moved to the Philadelphia area about two years ago and have been to Longwood Gardens three times, and am planning two more visits in the next month! This is a very well kept garden with beautiful lawns adorned by great trees and plants. There are a few water features around the gardens and a truly impressive main fountain setup. The main fountain has just reopened after extensive renovations. The fountain shows are very impressive. We stayed for the illuminated show on our last visit, and it was totally worth it. Don't forget to check out the conservatory. This is where the green-walled rest rooms and huge organ are housed. The conservatory is also home to a very beautiful water lily garden. You can get casual food at outdoors food stalls, or the indoor restaurant. The food is OK, it's a bit pricey. There is also a fine-dining option that I have not checked out.
  • America's great garden! Wonderful colorful and sometimes exotic plants create a visual wonderland. There are frequent water shows coordinated to various music at the totally renovated fountains. Casual dining at the beer garden or get a pizza to quell the appetite you will work up while wandering the beautiful acreage. Don't forget to checkout the treehouses. And if you are really into it, get tickets for one of the fireworks show.
  • Beautiful gardens with lots to do. We came on a warm summer day and spent I think at least a few hours there. Several different Gardens with different types of flowers. Definitely a romantic place. The food was overpriced though. We ended up buying a small thing but couldn't afford to feed the whole family. They did have craft beer which was good. Bit on the pricey side but worth it if you're going to spend the whole day. My advice pack a lunch.
  • Just an amazing place. It is beautiful, peaceful and interesting history. Strolled throughout the different gardens all day and still did not see it all. Many different scenic areas you can sit and relax. Make sure you get a map and list of events. We saw a play at the open air theatre which was a splendid way to end the visit.

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