I've visited Longwood Gardens once or twice during the off-season, but I've never been during the warmer months. This past weekend, I changed that when my boyfriend (Evan) and I spent the day experiencing the gardens in bloom.
Since this post includes a ton of photos I'll keep my writing short and instead provide you with my outfit details, Lightroom preset link (as always, it's free) and important info to know if you're planning a trip to Longwood Gardens.
| outfit |
Mules - Target - Find them here
Boater Hat - Target - Find it here
Necklace - Tiffany's - Find it here
Bag - Find similar from Rebecca Minkoff
My Lightroom Preset - FREE here
| know before you go |
TO LONGWOOD GARDENS
1. Located in Kennett Square, Penn. - just outside of Philadelphia (is sometimes referred to as Chester County).
2. Timed Entry for Tickets - You can purchase tickets online or at the door, however be mindful of entry times for the tickets you purchase. Your visit is not timed, but the time your ticket permits your entry to the property is (ex: a 12:30 p.m. ticket means 12:30 p.m. entry).
3. Try to go during the week on a Monday or Friday - it will be 10x less crowded and will make your trip WAY more enjoyable, especially if you want to take photos.
4. Take your camera - I ended up relying on my phone for photos this time around and regretted not bringing along my selfie camera.
5. Grab a map - You'll find many employees handing out maps in the visitor center. Do yourself a favor: take one! Wandering aimlessly here won't make for a worthwhile visit.
6. No Lunch Necessary - Longwood has a few places to eat and even has a beer garden (though we didn't drink while we were there this time)! They have an actual restaurant, cafe and pizza place on the property. Evan and I grabbed a quick lunch from the cafe and it was amazing. They have hot food and pre-packaged lunches, or as I referred to them: "adult lunchables," which we ended up grabbing to save some cash. I grabbed a pre-packaged lunch of shrimp salad, lettuce, curry pita bread bits and grapes while Evan got a fluffernutter (lol). We were pretty happy with both!
7. Bring water - We had gorgeous weather for our trip, but it was very hot. With how much walking we did (and we didn't even see everything), I regretted not bringing a reusable water bottle or my YETI to fill up over the course of the day. There are water fountains around the property to grab a quick drink, but I'm weird about drinking from fountains for my own personal germaphobe reasons.
8. Wear comfortable shoes - This part is very important to mention because the flats I wore ended up killing my feet by our third hour of walking around, since they have no reinforcement. Additionally, dress comfortably!