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Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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  • Hidden along the banks of the Schuylkill River, America's oldest garden is free to the public, provides a restful atmosphere, is not overrun with tourists and has many unusual plants and trees. I thin...  read more »
  • #1 Try to take one of the guided tours. The guides really know their stuff. #2 There is no charge for admission. 45 acres in the City tucked away on the banks of the Schuylkill River that has been hol...  read more »
  • Public park with no access fees to gardens, but if you come you have to take the paid tour of John Bartram's home. Amazing history and architecture! Next time I'll take the paid garden tour (hopefully...  read more »
  • Easily one of my favorite places in Philadelphia. Free kayaking and canoeing on Saturdays, and beautiful views of the city. Surprised by some of the bad reviews, not sure how a garden is "dirty", but it is a natural garden with native plants and interesting things John Bartram cultivated. If you are expecting manicured lands, this is not that type of garden. Also, to the review about no access for people with disabilities, there is a golf cart for people with limited mobility, my mother-in-law used it on our visit, though there is a lot of walking involved regardless. Go and enjoy our Philly history!
  • Love the river programs! Free boating on Saturdays (11a-3pm) and Tuesday nights (members only). I bring my own boat, and it's no problem. They also just re-opened the historical Carr garden, so the botanical experience of the place has improved.
  • Gorgeous garden with riverfront access and great views of the city. The Saturday boating is a fun and free activity for the summer. All staff are friendly and informed about the gardens themselves and the history of the site.
  • Beautiful garden! Lost two stars, though, because of the absolute mess as you head down towards the shoreline. There are bottles, trash, and even needles! I highly recommend the rest of the garden (there's a lovely lady that works in the Welcome Center!), but watch your step if you want to get closer to the water.
  • I wrote a letter to management after what happened, and they never replied, so minus one star. Their website claims they can accommodate guests with mobility issues/patrons with disabilities, but that is a stone cold lie, so minus one star. How the staff treated my family and I was beyond disrespectful, so minus one star. I never got my promised refund for how they ruined our visit, so minus one star. I could go on, but Google requires at least one star, so there's no point in continuing on how much I hated Bartram's Garden. The only way our visit could've been worse is if my mother had been literally slapped in the face for having inconvenienced the staff by using a cane, instead of just figuratively. I will never go back.
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