longwood-gardensAfter talking about it for many years, my family and I finally took a trip to visit Longwood Gardens for the holidays and it was breathtaking! It is an old-fashioned, exquisite garden that is open year-round located right in Kenneth Square, PA.

During the holidays, the gardens are transformed into a magical setting. We bundled up and walked through the winter wonderland that was decorated with over 500,000 lights. The kids absolutely loved seeing the glittery snowflakes suspended above us but the dancing fountain show set to holiday music was their favorite.

We also took a tour of the Conservatory which hosts 11,000 different types of plants indoors and out. We walked through room after room and the smell of the flowers was invigorating. The colors were so bold and powerful, I have never seen such a beautiful Christmas scene.

We ended our night by visiting The Lookout Loft, a rustic Adirondack-style treehouse. The boys loved climbing the treehouse and it made my husband and I feel like kids again! On our way out, we grabbed a warm cup of hot chocolate, the perfect treat to end a family fun night.

I would suggest if you have little ones it would probably be best to eat before you arrive. We ate at the Cafe first and then took the tour. Of course as you would expect, it was very crowded in the dining room and it got a little crazy trying to find a place to sit that would be comfortable for us. The food was really good especially the wild mushroom soup, my favorite! I did find it to be a little expensive for what was offered but I guess that is to be expected.

Also, to save time you can purchase your tickets on-line at www.longwoodgardens.org. This helps avoid waiting in line when you arrive, something I try to avoid with little ones. You can enjoy the Holiday festivities through January 10th. And if you have nothing to do on New Years Eve, you can celebrate at the Gardens. There will be special ice skating performances, strolling carolers, kids crafts and fireworks.