I think I already told you this, but in case you don’t remember, Philadelphia is the “Garden Capitol of the World.” A very lofty title indeed, and if you haven’t visited all of its’ amazing gardens yet, you are missing out! I’ve already covered two off the list (Tyler Arboretum and Longwood Gardens) and will eventually get to them all but for now the third on the list is Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.
I got a great deal on Livingsocial for a family membership (with reciprocal benefits) which moved it up to the top of our “bucket list.” Plus, Spring is my favorite time to visit public gardens. Everything is so bright and lush and fresh. Morris certainly didn’t disappoint in that department!
After we made a quick stop at the potty on the way in (real life blogging!), we headed out on to a walkway that took us way above the forest floor. The boys got to be birds in a human sized nest, face their fears and climb out on some ropes with no bottom (safety nets in place, no worries!) and learn about some of the trees whose canopies we were in.
We walked through a beautiful rose garden where the boys were drawn in like magnets to the fountains and then took a shortcut through an allee to the paved pathway. By doing this, the boys and I missed seeing the “fernery” but luckily Daddy took a picture on his way through.
The next stop was a little cabin by the creek. We walked under a dove tree and D was obsessed with throwing various things in to the water to watch them float under the bridge. We also passed by some beautiful sculptures, a swan pond complete with sunbathing water snakes and more beautiful trees and flowers than I can even list in one post.
To top it all off, they have a garden railway (open seasonally) on display that I know your kids will love!
Morris Arboretum has a café on site, nice bathrooms, is handicap and stroller accessible and is absolutely GORGEOUS! You can’t go wrong with a visit here, definitely a must do!