Longwood Gardens are a botanical garden that Pierre S. du Pont transformed from the simple country farm into more than 1000 acres of the best horticultural displays in the US with gardens, woodlands, and meadows. There are many designed outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens with over 4-acre group of heated greenhouses. Their conservatory has 4600 different types of plants, trees, and fountains. The Gardens attracts more than 1 million visitors per year, and their purpose is not to show the beauty of the plants, they have many extensive educational programs for the kids and horticultural courses for the adults. One thing is for sure, there is no lack of entertainment in the Gardens. You have hundreds of horticultural performing art events, from flower shows, different gardening courses, gardening demonstrations, concerts, fountain shows, fireworks displays, and probably everyone’s favorite: Christmas light display.

There are many options for visiting; you can do self-guided visits or guided tours.

Guided tour prices are (Regular tours or Christmas tours):

  • Adults: $28-$33
  • Seniors (Ages 62+): $25-$30
  • College Student (with valid ID): $25-$30
  • Youth (Ages 5-18): $16-$19
  • Children (Ages 4 & under): Free

Self-guided group visit prices are (General Admission or Christmas Admission):

  • Adults: $21-$26
  • Seniors (Ages 62+): $18-$23
  • College Student (with valid ID): $18-$23
  • Youth (Ages 5-18): $9-$12
  • Children (Ages 4 & under): Free

There is a lot of walking within the Gardens, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes because this place covers many acres. It takes about an hour and a half to walk the entire 20 room Conservatory only. To walk through the 20 outdoor gardens it takes two to three hours, and Heritage Exhibit in the Peirce-du Pont House takes half to one hour. If you have any physical disability, you don’t have to worry as the Gardens are accessible for those with disabilities. They have plenty of handicapped reserved parking spaces near the Visitor Center. Gardens are equipped with the elevators, paths are wide and clean, and the drinking fountains are wheelchair accessible too.
Besides sightseeing, you can fine dine at the Gardens, maybe do lunch, or just enjoy in the beer garden. This place is full of events, things to do, and truly provide top quality service.