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daisyferret1 wrote a review Jan 2021
Bear, Delaware24,317 contributions2,110 helpful votes
We recently attended Longwood Gardens during their extended Longwood Christmas season. We purchased tickets online. When we arrived at the gardens we parked in the lot and proceeded to the main gardens entry. Here they had the walkway roped off and marked for social distancing. Once inside, we were instructed to self-scan our tickets & proceed into the gardens. Restrooms in the main entrance were closed as well as the main entrance to the gift shop. Printed garden maps were NOT available. You could take a picture of their garden map OR use their mobile map on your smartphone. Also, during this time: once you exited the gardens, re-entrance was NOT permitted (no handstamp). In the gardens, we enjoyed the spectacular light displays. We particularly enjoyed the open air theatre water show to Christmas songs. It is one of our favorites. We attended several of the shows since they run every 15 minutes throughout the evening. We also enjoyed the light show in the main gardens and the light show in the woods by the Cathedral Treehouse. The Meadow Boardwalk walkway between the Italian Water Garden and the Lookout Loft Treehouse was really neat with HUGE glowing balls and a magical walk-thru tunnel. We also enjoyed the garden railway. That is one of the kids favorite things to see. The main conservatory is beautiful & a nice place to warm up on a cold winter night. The smell of the flowers inside is heavenly. The added Christmas décor and trees really puts that special touch on it. We were a little disappointed to see the ballroom empty with just the organ standing by itself. We love getting to sing Christmas Carols here along with the organ music. Even though we did not get to do a sing-along, we noticed that Christmas Carols were being pumped in overhead throughout the Conservatory. This was really heartwarming. Social Distancing in the conservatory: The MAIN pathways of the conservatory were manageable and felt OK. However, some areas of the conservatory were WAY TOO congested. I felt most uncomfortable in the passage with the Bonsai trees. This area is narrow and confined. People were congregating around the windows to look in. It made it hard to social distance . It was almost impossible to walk around them to pass them & get into an area with an opening as the line just zig zagged into the fruit greenhouses, which is also narrow in terms of pathways. Note: Children's Garden was closed due to the pandemic. MASKS were REQUIRED in the conservatory and recommended outdoors. Overall, we enjoyed our visit with Longwood Gardens. We were there for around 4 hours total from start to finish. We enjoyed the holiday lights, water fountain shows and the conservatory. We did appreciate the timed ticketing that was offered this season, as it did seem to help with crowds. Guests were pretty spaced out around the outdoor spaces. It felt really safe. However, even with measures in place, some areas of the conservatory still felt crowded and uncomfortable. We did not visit the Cafe or Beer Garden. 1906 was still closed due to the pandemic. We did stop in the gift shop on the way out. Merchandise felt rather sparse compared to prior visits. Bottom Line: I would recommend for a Longwood Christmas & we will be back.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Mike wrote a review Jan 2021
Forest Hill, Maryland32 contributions5 helpful votes
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The BEST landscapes water fountains Christmas lights and historical place I've ever been I could literally go there every weekend and be fine with it, it's absolutely ridiculously awesome. The staff is great. The best experience ever the best landscapes point blank! It's great for all ages from 2 years old to 92 years old it's great you must go!!!!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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BHUANG69 wrote a review Jan 2021
New Providence, New Jersey1,045 contributions317 helpful votes
Came here right after Xmas to enjoy the night light show with friends. All tourists were spread out and wore masks. We came on the 26th and that day was very cold. The masks actually kept our face very warm. The lights were beautiful and great. Some even dance with music and water. Make sure you bring a camera that has night picture mode and bring a power bank with you. I charged my phone up to 80% in the car but when I left, I had a mere 20% power left. I could not stop taking pictures!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Cynthia M wrote a review Dec 2020
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Beautiful! Happiness, decorated , joyful, fountains, trees, you need a reservation right now because of the pandemic. If cold, bundle up, not all buildings were open last time, so you may want to call.well worth the visit.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Melissaleonard wrote a review Dec 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania321 contributions116 helpful votes
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My boyfriend and I went early in the day but I would recommend later in day so you can see it lit up at night . It's beautiful to walk around but very cold other than in the conservatory. Food is also very expensive .
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Date of experience: December 2020
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