Places to Go (Vacation)- Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA)


A few weeks ago, one of my best friends celebrated her wedding in Schroon Lake, NY (close to Vermont) and she invited our whole family to attend. Of course, we were all thrilled, both that Jenny found love and that the wedding necessitated a trip to New England in the heart of fall (it's been a lifelong dream of mine to see New England's autumn foliage).

Jenny's wedding was beyond beautiful (the scenery didn't hurt) as was the house my family stayed at - friends of Jenny's parents loaned us their "cottage" on a lake - at night we cuddled under the trees, listened to the sound of the water, and gazed at every star in the sky.

On the drive back, we stopped at Longwood Gardens for the afternoon (right outside of Philadelphia). The immensity of Longwood managed to impress us all (we probably only saw about 1/4 of the property). The varied landscape includes: waterfalls, tree houses, a pumpkin patch (it's amazing how long my kids spent in the pumpkin patch, simply moving pumpkins from one spot to another), an outdoor kids' garden with fountains and a bumblebee chair (we missed the indoor children's garden, which is rumored to be wonderful), miniature trains, a castle, tons of fountains, and flowers (of course). We could have spent days there and not seen it all. The admission is somewhat pricey, but well-worth it. Check it out if you're ever in the area.

So T's becoming a blankie toddler, which is sort of like deja vu as F carried a pink version of the exact same blankie everywhere with her when she was his age.


  1. So nice to see Longwood Gardens get noticed. I lived about 5 minutes from there when I was in high school (actually worked in the cafe)! We visited with our kids a couple of months ago, and everyone loved it - what a magical place for all ages. On my list of places to recommend as a field trip for KidFriendlyDC.com.

  2. Thanks so much! This is our second trip there and each time the kids have loved it as much as the adults (which seems amazing lately).



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