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“Need to time your visit right”

Heritage Museums & Gardens
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Small-Group Day Trip to Plymouth and Cape Cod from Boston
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Sandwich
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Owner description: You can enjoy more than 70 acres of gardens after visiting the art and history museums at the Heritage.
Auburn, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
252 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Need to time your visit right”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We just visited the Heritage in the second week of June and unfortunately the gardens were a bit of a bust as the rhododendrons just finished blooming. A few shrubs were still flowering, but for the most part it was just wilted brown petals at this point. It's clear that if you visit when they're in full bloom it should be a spectacular sight. The gardens are still vast and nicely maintained, but there just wasn't much color (beyond the abundant green) to be seen right now. Our visit was salvaged to some degree by the fact that we enjoyed the car and carousel exhibits, but the $15 entry fee feels a bit steep if you don't get the full garden experience with it. That's not their fault, of course. The shrubs just flower when they flower. But ideally you want to visit in late May through about the first week of June.

Visited June 2013
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Rhododendrons and flowering trees”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We visited just as the Rhododendrons and flowering trees (which are amazing) were in bloom - lovely!!!!!

Visited May 2013
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187 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Rhodedendrom splendor!”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Try to visit at the end of may/beginning of June for the magnificent rhodedendrons of all colors. Other times of the year there are daylilies, etc, but nothing quite as magnificent.
On hot days, it can get stifling on the unpaved trails, but the open areas allow nice breezes. Other than the car museum, the other buildings (carousel, special exhibits) don't take much time to go through but offer some relief from the heat.
Not much for young children or older teens here.

Visited June 2013
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East Fishkill, New York
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229 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
“The perfect time of year”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is the perfect time of year to visit the Heritage Museums and Gardens. I had previously rated it after a visit in October which was less than ideal. Now, however, it is a real treat. Their famous rhododendrons are in full bloom, and they are glorious to behold. You can walk through the extensive property, but there are also jitneys that can transport you from exhibit to exhibit, or just take a loop around to view the whole area. We stopped at the carousel, a must-do for children and adults alike (and it is free -- donations gratefully accepted). The car museum had temporarily replaced its usual exhibit for one of mid-century concept cars. Very cool! We passed on going to the other museums as we had seen them so recently (in October), but nevertheless it was a most enjoyable afternoon!

Visited June 2013
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

The gardens were gorgeous with a beautiful variety of trees and flowers. The car museum has an exhibit until Sept. of concept cars that never made production. Very interesting the way car engineers and designers think. The docent was very knowledgable and a car buff as is my husband. could have talked all day.

Visited June 2013
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