There's something about a picturesque garden on a hot sunny day that draws you in, and since my family is spending some time in Pennsylvania, we decided to visit Longwood Gardens.
Similar to a National Trust property, the gardens span for acres and consist of beautifully landscaped conservatories, fountains and an extensive range of treehouses. The gardens belong to the DuPont family and span over 1,000 acres, featuring horticultural displays from fountains to themed gardens. Open to the public, it seemed the ideal place to spend the day. We arrived mid-morning and left after four but you could easily spend multiple days there without getting bored!
As per Dickinson family tradition, we had a sneaky packed lunch (even though food technically isn't allowed) and made full use of the gardens! The colours were unbelievable and combined with architecture that was reminiscent of Versailles, it was probably one of the most photogenic locations I've been!
I would highly suggest scheduling in one of the famous fountain displays (located in the Open Theatre & in front of the Conservatory), as they're well worth the view! Unfortunately, despite the heat, a thunderstorm was on the horizon so the display was shut off after one song but even that was incredible! Due to the size of the garden, I'd also suggest having a thing & plan of what you'd like to see - as there is no way you'd be able to see everything in a day! I personally loved the conservatory the most - it was absolutely stunning (make sure to visit the Silver Garden), but the fountain display was also brilliant. If you're visiting with kids, I'm sure they'd love the treehouses.
As per any visits to locations that require extensive walking, I'd highly suggest wearing extremely comfortable shoes and pack plenty of water (especially if it's during the summer).
Have you been to the gardens? What type of activity do you like to do on the weekend?