June 28, 2019
Pennsylvania is home to much more than historical landmarks and Amish country. Did you know that our beautiful state is also home to some of the most dazzling gardens on the planet? Longwood Gardens is an enchanting place you must see during your visit. Relax, smell the blooming flowers, witness a fountain show, or take a tour. Read on to learn more about this great day trip destination and plan your stay today! Download our free Vacation Guide for more local recommendations, including our favorite restaurants, shops, museums, events, outdoor adventures, and more.
Longwood Gardens is known as one of the greatest outdoor experiences, not only in Pennsylvania, but in the world, and when you see how beautiful it is, you’ll understand why. These stunning gardens were built by Pierre S. du Ponte, an influential gardener, between 1870 and 1921. They are referred to as a “real Eden”, especially in the spring when the flowers are in bloom and each acre bursts with color. A summertime visit also makes for a perfect day—the sun is out, the sky is blue, and colorful flowers surround!
We love to recommend Longwood Gardens to our guests, and we want you to enjoy it to the fullest. There is so much to do and see that one day is hardly enough! If it’s your first visit, we advise you to spend the entire day there—just bring sunscreen or an umbrella to protect against sun damage.
A guided tour is an immersive and interactive way to explore the gardens. Follow your guide through the garden’s highlights, and listen as he or she teaches you about history and horticulture. Longwood Gardens offers a dozen different tours, and some of them are seasonal, so check the calendar to see what’s in bloom during your visit! One of our favorite tours is the birdwatching hike. If you love nature and wildlife, it will be the perfect match!
After your tour of the gardens, you’ll probably be hungry. Stop at September Farms for Amish Cheese and lots of other great local foods (including ice cream). If you want to stay in the gardens a little longer, you can dine on-site! Longwood Gardens has several delicious dining options to choose from. 1906 is a stunning establishment that serves exquisite cuisine. If you’re looking for something more casual, The Cafe is ideal for a quick sandwich, comforting bowl of soup, or fresh salad. For a unique experience, stop by the Beer Garden for traditional pub fare.
The illuminated fountain shows are a long-running tradition at Longwood Gardens, and a must-see for any new or recurring visitor. The Open Air Theatre Fountain Show lasts five minutes and runs throughout the day, so you can either end your visit there or continue afterward.
Are you visiting between May and September? If so, you have to attend the Festival of Fountains! This spectacular event features colorful, 175-foot jets and inspiring music.
Did you know that Longwood Gardens also host concerts in the summer? Check out their concert schedule and see wonderful performers play on the lawn.
Do you know what makes spending a lovely day at Longwood Gardens, PA, even better? Coming home to a cozy room at the Historic Smithton Inn! Our elegant inn offers top-notch accommodations in a historical and elegant setting, as well as all the modern amenities you need to spend a relaxing stay.
Book our Yellow Room and enjoy a spacious queen-size bed as well as a private bathroom with a shower. You can play your favorite songs on the iPod docking station while you nestle up by the fireplace with a glass of wine. Then, dream the night away on our plush queen bed! You’ll wake up feeling as refreshed as ever. Before heading out to explore Lancaster some more, enjoy our delicious homemade breakfast! We have a feeling you’ll love our soft pastries.