Bring the family to Brandywine Valley for a fun summer getaway. There is so much room to explore in America’s Garden Capital, where there is the largest concentration of public gardens on the continent. Pick up an America’s Garden Capital Passport and collect stamps chronicling your adventures; explore fanciful treehouses and discover a dinosaur! There is a surprise around every corner to delight children of all ages.
America’s Garden Capital Passport, an exclusive guide to exploring the region’s public gardens. The America’s Garden Capital Passport features a custom map, links to access online garden itineraries, must-visit garden experiences, and pages to collect stamps, signatures and capture special memories. Pick one up at any of the 34 gardens or request for one to be mailed (click here for requests)
The magnificent du Pont estates known for history, art, culture and gardens are also full of fun adventures for the whole family. Longwood Gardens is the ideal place for family fun. Longwood Gardens’ Children’s Garden is a horticultural wonderland where young visitors will encounter an imaginative group of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted garden elements. This spacious garden is designed to provide a safe, engaging area where children will be surrounded by plants and discover the joys of being in a garden. Outdoors the Children’s Corner and Longwood’s three remarkable tree houses, await exploration as well as fantastic fountains, an 86 acre meadow garden and so much more. There is a Passport self-stamping station in Longwood’s Visitor Center.
Take the road and travel south a few miles to the charming town of Kennett Square. Enjoy lunch at one of the many delightful restaurants and stop for a fantastic summer treat – La Michoacana Ice Cream. La Michoacana was chosen by AAA World as a “Must Stop Ice Cream Shop in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”
Check into your cozy accommodations. Choices are plentiful: nearby Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites both in Kennett Square and the Mendenhall Inn. There is a full list of Chester County Accommodations for every taste and budget.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library’s Enchanted Woods, a unique three-acre outdoor children’s garden canopied by majestic oak trees is an outdoor wonderland. Enjoy Tram rides and picnics on the grounds of this magnificent estate. Passports are stamped in the Visitor Center.
Across from Winterthur is the Delaware Museum of Natural History full of life-sized dinosaurs, an African watering hole, one of the country’s largest collections of eggs and shells. A nature trail and butterfly garden are outdoor assets of this unique museum.
Hagley Museum and Library is where the du Pont story begins and while the indoor experiences are closed, it is the outdoors of Hagley that inspires. Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802. Stroll the beautiful grounds along the banks of the Brandywine and check out the powder yard, du Pont home and gardens. Nearby Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden like no other. Voted Best Botanical Garden by USA Today Readers’ Choice, Mt. Cuba is “close but a world away.”
Both Hagley and Mt. Cuba stamp the America’s Garden Passport at Visitor Center/front desk.