Longwood Gardens is a kid friendly place to run, play and learn. The many easily walkable paths lead to exciting discoveries including a tree house, a maze and gardens made especially for children. Plan to stay for the whole day if you want to see everything. We have been several times and still haven’t seen it all. There are so many inviting spots for kids to play that you can easily end up spending lots of time with them very engaged in one or two areas and not have time left to walk the rest of the gardens.
The main attraction for kids is probably the indoor children’s water garden which is perfectly designed to delight little ones. The garden feels like a mini castle with a spiral staircase, tunnels, ramps and secret rooms. There is much to discover inside.
Dip your paint brush in the dragon’s mouth and paint the wall with water.
When you are done having fun in the children’s water garden, there are many other indoor places to explore. Around every corner, you will find countless varieties of plants and flowers. It is a great opportunity for children to see types of plant life they would not typically see in Pennsylvania.
There are mazes to run through.
There are trees to climb.
In addition to all the activities listed above, there is a summer light show. You can read about it and the artist who created it at http://light.longwoodgardens.org/light/home.
We have also visited the gardens in the winter time. The indoor gardens are magically decorated for the winter season and there is a spectacular display of holiday lights throughout the grounds in the evening.
On our most recent visit, we attended for a graduation party and experienced the catering facilities. The adult and children’s food were excellent. We have also eaten at the cafeteria style food venue in past visits. Food is pricey, but tasty. No french fries for those of you who might have a child who requires them when dining out. We tend to bring our own food on most visits.
Longwood Gardens is an excellent place to learn and to find a little adventure close to home. Visit http://www.longwoodgardens.org/ to plan your visit.
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