Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens
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Gardens • Scenic Walking Areas • Fountains
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and community engagement.
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  • ChrisH
    Frederick, Maryland449 contributions
    Very Nice Visit
    Two seniors visited Longwood Gardens on the Saturday of Halloween weekend and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We spent from about 11am to after 9pm there visiting the outside gardens, the meadow garden, the conservatory with their yearly Chrysanthemum Festival, the DuPont house/museum, the fountains (both during the day and at night for the light and music shows) and still did not see all of the gardens. Debated giving 4 or 5 stars but decided on 4 stars for the following reasons: 1. The crowds—the gardens got very very crowded after about 4pm when more people arrived to see the nighttime fountain light and music shows plus the Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, a limited time set of LED art installations that look spectacular at night. 2. The amount of people that did not wear masks (probably 95%), especially in the conservatory at night—it was literally wall-to-wall people inside. There is still a COVID pandemic ongoing. This made us extremely nervous and we wore masks. 3. The amount of (I assume) rental electric carts and baby strollers on the narrow pathways, especially after dark. We literally encountered 50 or more, most driven by people that had no regard for anyone else on the paths. 4. The inadequate lighting on the paths at night especially on the way down to the Large Lake where several of Munro’s LED installations were set up. 5. The fact that you cannot leave the gardens and get readmitted, so if you are planning to stay for the light and music shows, this time of year you need to bring heavy coats and carry them around all day. 6. The very expensive food in The Café restaurant—it cost us over $42 for two vegetarian stews in bread boats plus two coffees. I shudder to think what that meal would have cost in their fancy 1906 restaurant. There is also a large beer garden that serves food and drink outside that did have a band on the night we were there. Overall we enjoyed ourselves. YMMV.
    Written November 1, 2022
  • lisatravels
    59 contributions
    Longwood Gardens - Holiday tips
    My elderly parents have been members for years and we usually visit for the holiday display when I visit for Thanksgiving or Christmas week. Here are my tips 1. The conservatory is beautifully decorated for the holidays and is a don't miss. The Dupont house also is nicely decorated, though not nearly as spectacular. 2. The conservatory becomes very crowded as the day goes on, if you don't like crowds, particularly if you have family members with mobility or vision issues, book an early time slot, such as 10 am. This also holds true if you want to take family photos, 3. If you book a 10 am slot, when the Gardens open, expect a long line. It moves fast, but there is a line. 4. If you definitely want to see the lights at night, but also want to walk the conservatory when it's not crowded consider getting a membership if a return visit on another day is an option. 5. You need to buy a timed entry ticket to get in, evening and late afternoon slots go fast. You cannot enter during the holidays without a timed entry ticket even if you're a member (unless you have a special membership). 6. We were surprised to discover Longwood is open on Thanksgiving Day last year and chose to go on Thanksgiving last year and this one as the weather was nice and we figured the roads wouldn't be as crazy as other days that week. 7. This won't be relevant until next Thanksgiving, but we had a lovely traditional Thanksgiving dinner for lunch in the cafeteria. $30 for turkey, stuffing with fruit, mashed potatoes, green beans and sweet potatoes, roll and small pumpkin pie. Top marks for everything except for the pie, which was okay. We are not big eaters and found one dinner plenty of food for the three of us, though we also got some of their famous mushroom soup. At lunch time it wasn't crowded. They also had a salmon platter and a vegan platter, plus some cheaper foods such as chicken tenders and fries, packaged salads, etc. 8. There is also a restaurant, though that was sold out. 9. Don't miss the bathroom wing in the conservatory - it's unique. (This is year round).
    Written November 28, 2022
  • daisyferret1
    Bear, Delaware27,779 contributions
    Sleeping Beauty Fireworks and Fountains
    We decided to take the kids to Longwood Gardens for their Sleeping Beauty Fireworks and Fountains event. I pre-ordered tickets on the morning that they went on sale, as these events tend to sell out quick. Online ordering was somewhat frustrating since I would place tickets in my cart and they would be gone by the time I finished check-out. This happened to me more than once before I was able to secure my seats. You have the option of general seating (lawn, bring your own chair) or reserved seating. Tickets are NOT cheap, but do include admission to the gardens for the day. On the day of the event, we arrived about 5 hours before showtime. We parked and proceeded into the gardens. Here we were given wristbands to distinguish that we were fireworks and fountains guests. We spent the first 4 hours walking around the outdoor gardens, dining at the Cafe and Beer Garden. We enjoyed the treehouses, flowers, water features and gardens. Just before the sun began to set, we went into the conservatory to check out the inside gardens and the water lily garden. We then decided to head back over to the cafe for a snack before taking out seats for the show. Overall, we enjoyed our visit with Longwood Gardens. The gardens are pretty. The fireworks and fountain shows are beautiful. They are a real treat. I would recommend Longwood Gardens to anyone visiting the Delaware/Pennsylvania area. We have visited in Spring, Summer and Winter this past year alone. Wintertime is my favorite at Longwood Christmas, but each season offers a different view of the gardens. They are constantly changing the displays in the greenhouse conservatories.
    Written September 30, 2021
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marcopolopaloalto
Palo Alto, CA1,066 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Love Longwood Gardens in the Nightime and Daytime.
Purchase timed tickets online. We are members as we come to Longwood Gardens at least 3x a year.
The nighttime exhibits sell out quickly as this a family place to go, and friend place and couple place to go.
The nighttime colored fountain shows with music are so popular that I’ve seen people bring their own folding chairs and park themselves for a show.
The food is delicious in their food venues - salmon, pizza, desserts, hot chocolate, wine.
Now there are even concerts and gardens to be experienced.

There are electric carts for those who are walking challenged, and for those who want to see the vastness of this place. Charge is donation (?).

The only negative thing is that the gift and plant shop is quite expensive and there are no children’s items at all that are reasonably priced.
Written November 2, 2022
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lilmagg
186 contributions
Nov 2020
Be prepared for long waits for outdoor seating at the under tent restaurants. Dining at one of the two available indoor cafe's had much shorter wait times to acquire a table.

Ordering outdoors is done via a cell phone app only if sitting at a table. That wifi based ordering system is very slow and glitchy due to so many people attempting to do it. There are no waiters to take your order. Or you can stand in a very slow line and place your order at a booth beside the tents to bring your order back to your assigned table.

The menu is mid expensive with a $15.00 pizza and $12 sandwiches. The mushroom soup was very good but small portion.

Tours of the glass house conservatory takes about 2 hours if you want to take all the plants, flowers, palm trees, cactuses in total. Very large orchid display room.
Restrooms are only at the entrance foyer to the conservatory so grab them first.

Virtually impossible to covid space at 6 feet minimum due to the narrow aisles and bunch up of slower lookers taking their time of course. Not much to be done about that due to the nature of the walkways and paths.

Be prepared to partake of a slow lunch at the three cafes as crowds are large for the restaurant's sizes and covid spacing. AS you are not allowed to picnic or bring in foods or drinks you will be dependent on their cafes if dining in the park.

Restaurants do not take reservations so standing in line for seating is your only option. Go very early or very late for lunch.

I would strongly suggest arriving at the park with your timed reservations at 10AM when the park opens. Not later unless mid afternoon.
Written November 13, 2020
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,678 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
How anyone can rate this less than five stars, I have no idea. I purchased an annual membership for a friend, and so glad I did.

Longwood Gardens is HUGE. Expansive. Rolling, varied, sprawling, yet well organized. The gardens have so many species of plants and flowers, so well curated and intermingled creatively and perfectly.

There is also a huge conservatory full of plants and sculptures and fountains. They also have a meadow and several forest walks and tree houses.

The cafe is pretty nice for garden/museum fare. They have a lot of sandwich and salad selections, cold drinks, a hot bar (I had salmon, salad/succotash, and roasted potatoes), a desert case, and grab and go sandwiches. All fresh. Expensive, but that’s what to expect in places like this.

They also have fountain shows (day and night) which are entertaining and spectacular! We went during the day, but can’t wait to go back at night.

All of the staff were super helpful in directing us to the best viewing spots. And while again, it is sprawling, and you could spend days here, the biggest attractions are fairly tightly woven around the main conservatory and fountains (for those who have limited time and mobility). They do have scooters to rent too.

The gift shop is well thought out and has some really nice (again, expensive) stuff.

Worth every penny. And the membership would pay for itself in just a couple visits, plus it gives access to special events (holiday parties, cocktail mixers etc).
Written September 3, 2022
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NorthernTrails
New York22 contributions
Apr 2021
I am glad to have finally experienced Longwood Gardens, it had been on my list of things to do. Overall, I would say it is a fine place. The tulips were in bloom and they were certainly lovely. The conservatory is a standout, so much to see, really pretty. We experienced a short "waterfall concert" at the open air theater, as we happened to pass by, which was fun. We ate outdoors at the beer garden - the food is very expensive and the quality was not stellar, but it was an experience. The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful throughout our visit. My favorite part of Longwood, and the only part that really stole my heart, was the truly lovely meadow and the meadow trails. So peaceful! We enjoyed our rest stop halfway at the stone house, which was so charming. There are some neat tree houses, and also a nice little forest trail to walk through, which was enjoyable. I took one star off for the following: Once you enter Longwood, you cannot go back to your car and come back. We were there on an unusually cold April day (people had on gloves!) and if we wanted to go back for more clothes, another sweater or hat, perhaps, no luck. Also, they advertise picnic tables for you to eat your own food, if desired. However, once you enter the picnic area, you cannot re-enter the gardens. So, why even go to their picnic area? You might as well leave the premises and go to any park or restaurant. As mentioned above, their food is pricey, and what I had was not gourmet. Unlike Winterthur, which gives you two days to visit, Longwood only gives you one with your ticket and if the weather is not good, you are stuck or have to pay a penalty to make a change.
Written April 23, 2021
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kpslas
Hackettstown, NJ227 contributions
Oct 2022
What more can we possibly add to the literally thousands of 5 star reviews? This was our first visit and it will most definitely not be our last. Beautiful gardens, grounds, fountains. Seemingly endless paths to wander and explore. We spent 8 HOURS here because once you see all there is to see during the day and have dinner in the wonderful 1906 restaurant, it's a whole different beautiful experience once the sun goes down. I can't wait to visit again.
Written October 26, 2022
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Arthur S
Edgewood, MD456 contributions
Apr 2021
The spring flower blooming season is in full display. At this time, there are 200,000+ tulips at their peak opening period. Walking just this portion of the magnificent gardens will consume about one hour of time and reservations for a specific time of visit are required. Having season tickets enables multiple visits during the year to be comparatively inexpensive. The flower displays are always changing so something new to see throughout the year. Self-serve wheel chairs are available for persons who are unable to walk the paths.
Written April 22, 2021
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Marjorie A
Harleysville, PA269 contributions
Aug 2021
I love Longwood Gardens. It is my Gold Standard for garden experiences. I know I should never compare one garden to another as they are all different and unique in there own way BUT I find that I always do compare. This happens because Longwood goes above and beyond to create an awesome experience for the customer.

This visit was for one of the Fireworks and Fountains shows. I had never attended one of these shows so did not really know what to expect on my visit. I was pleasantly surprised. There are two choices for seating - lawn seating or assigned seat. My visit was solo so I chose the assigned seat. Price was not too bad for one person, but may be considered pricey if you are paying for a family. The cost includes the show and all day access to the garden which I feel justifies the cost of the ticket.

Since I had all day access, I spent several hours wandering the many paths of the garden before attending the show. Some of my favorite areas are the Italian garden, Conservatory, Pipe Organ, and the treehouses. The treehouses are very cool!. There are several located at different sections of the garden. They are well built to allow big kids to enter. Each is uniquely different. It was fun to "hunt" for each one so I could see what it looked like.
Oddly enough the Pipe Organ is actually interesting too. I know what you are thinking but it is worth a quick look to see all the "pipes" used for the organ. Very unique thing to see at a garden.

Food is available on site. I chose to order a Portobello sandwich in the Beer Garden area. I added one of the decorated shortbread cookies for dessert. Prices seemed a bit high to me. I liked that there was plenty of outdoor seating and wine or beer was available should you want alcohol.

I highly recommend a visit to Longwood. I am never disappointed with the garden and there seems to be something new each visit. It is well worth the price of admission.
Written August 21, 2021
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Skye B.
United States101 contributions
Aug 2022
We got there early in order to get a good parking space. I knew that we could not leave once we were inside and thought that we would be a little bored while we waited for the Illuminated Fountain Performance to begin. 8 HOURS AT LONGWOOD AND NOT ONE COMPLAINT!! Everyone enjoyed themselves and we can't wait to go back. The only thing that surprised us was the amount of people in the cafe. Apparently, everyone at the garden got hungry at the exact same time. But there was live music outside and we were able to enjoy that while we waited.

I'm not sure why we never heard of this place until now but it will definitely be on our calendar every year from now on. I don't see an option to add videos to this review, however, if you click on my profile, you will find the link to my YouTube channel and find the videos there.
Written September 6, 2022
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MommaJage
Webster, NY278 contributions
Mar 2021
We ended up with a rainy spring day to visit. Currently, timed tickets must be purchased in advance online. I recommend doing this early to ensure you get the time you want.

The location is well marked and there was plenty of parking. We showed our tickets and were quickly admitted. They are not giving out maps (due to COVID...). This presented a big challenge. The online map is terrible and not well marked. If you want to wander around you will be fine. If you want to ensure you explore all the areas you are interested in, you will struggle to have enough information without a map.

We started inside at the conservatory. The flowers were beautiful. This is the area that Longwood excels at. They were fresh and artfully arranged so that each area and nook and cranny exploded with some new and perfect delight. At this time, roughly half the inside conservatory is closed for construction. This is noted on the website but kind of hidden so it was disappointing for us to learn once we arrived.

There was an unexpected and well done exhibit on the organ, its history, and a peek into its mechanics that we thoroughly enjoyed. My teenage son noted that as one of his highlights at Longwood.

We explored a good portion of the rest of the grounds while dodging rain and fog. We had another disappointment to learn the fountains are not yet running. I understand now that makes sense due to the season, but this also is not well communicated on the website and was a surprise to us.

We visited the casual café for a light snack. Wow, the prices were super high. I expected the usual mark up for a captive audience but this exceed anything I imagined. They prohibit bringing in food so plan accordingly. The entree we shared was of good size and quality and we opted for ice water rather than a $4 bottle of soda.

The gift shop is currently closed.

Overall, a beautiful place. I just wish they focused more on customer service and communication.
Written April 1, 2021
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DB
6 contributions
Aug 2021
Wear sensible shoes and a cooling towel if you have. LOTS of walking. If you have knees that are going, be prepared-some paths are fairly uphill. At 72, overheated. Had to stop to cool down. This is a lovely place. Get the mushroom soup at the Cafe. Bets I've ever tasted-truly. Staff very pleasant, although some patrons talked very loudly throughout the evening fireworks show, little respect for others or the production itself. Talked throughout. Why buy a $53 ticket then if you're not going to watch the show? Best to try to purchase tickets closer in to the show itself where viewers may have more interest in the program and may be quieter. Parking at a distance. Be prepared to walk Exit well organized from Gardens.
Written August 9, 2021
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