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Best gardens in Brandywine Valley for kids

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Best gardens in Brandywine Valley for kids

My husband and I are staying in Philly next weekend and we wanted to go to one of the gardens in the Brandywine Valley. Do you have any recommendations as to which is better with 2 kids (a 2 year old and an infant). We're leaning towards Longwood, but perhaps it wouldn't be suitable for such little ones? Any advice greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Best gardens in Brandywine Valley for kids

Longwood Gardens are definitely your best choice. I'm not sure your kids will enjoy any garden, but there are plenty of shady places to rest and nice cafeteria. If they (and you) are ready for more after Longwood, nearby choices include the Brandywine River Museum (great collection of 3 generations of the Wyeths and they will be having their annual wildflower & native plant and seed sale next weekend) & the Brandywine (Revolutionary War) Battlefield.

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I agree. Longwood Gardens is incomparable. I think your 2 year old will be in awe.

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The indoor children's garden at Longwood shouldn't be missed.


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My 3 year old and 8 year old loved the indoor children's garden at Longwood. I don't think that the description on the website does it justice, so here's my attempt. The children's garden is designed so that you can give kids a little room to wander without them escaping into the main exhibition area. There is a non-scary "Drooling Dragon", a huge dragon sculpture/fountain in a little room. Best of all, there are shallow little fountains at toddler height just right for playing in. (You may want to bring an extra shirt or a towel) My boys both talked about it for months.

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In nice weather (because it's all outside), Winterthur's Enchanted Woods is also wonderful. winterthur.org/for_families/enchanted_woods.…

I think Longwood's new children's garden is "elegant," and the whimsical spirit of the prior children's garden has been lost. Winterthur's Enchanted Woods is still full of whimsy. But Longwood probably has more to offer youngsters beyond the kid-specific garden.

It sounds like you're talking about Mother's Day weekend. If you're thinking about coming on Sunday, be aware it is the single busiest day of the year at Longwood. It will be mobbed. So try to come Saturday (also usually busy, but nothing like Sunday).

If it's a great "outdoors" day, your toddler will love running around -- the Topiary Garden is always fun. The treehouses are a huge favorite. Walk down to the Italian Water Garden -- a Longwood staffer recently told me there's now a beaver in residence, who doesn't seem deterred by visitors gawking and taking photos. If your kids like animals, keep an eye out for the Longwood Cats, part of the natural pest control program: …wordpress.com/2009/03/18/purr-fect-partners/

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Longwood is great. My kids love it there. Another good choice (although ot in the Brandywine valley) is The Morris Arboretum with is quite close to Philadelphia in the Chestnut Hill area.

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7. Re: Best gardens in Brandywine Valley for kids

Definately Longwood. Even if your kids aren't into the gardens, there's lots of space to just run around. Although your kids are still just babies. They'll likely be fascinated with anyplace you take them...or else they'll sleep :-)

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