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Address: 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19131
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+1 215-729-5281
10:00 - 16:00
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America's Oldest Botanical Garden

Public park with no access fees to gardens, but if you come you have to take the paid tour of John Bartram's home. Amazing history and architecture! Next time I'll take the paid... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2016
San Diego, California
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the gardens with a group bus trip in early April on a rainy day. Parking is ample, even for a bus or two. The gardens are right in downtown so accessible by bus and also via a river cruise in season. The staff did an excellent job of showing us the high points of the gardens and the... More 

Thank subianchi
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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473 reviews
205 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Among Phila's. oldest gardens. Good walks, beautiful plants and trees. Call ahead for calendar of events.

Thank Marvin G
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Hidden along the banks of the Schuylkill River, America's oldest garden is free to the public, provides a restful atmosphere, is not overrun with tourists and has many unusual plants and trees. I think this national treasure is overlooked by many people due to its location. It should be promoted more by the city but at the same time it... More 

1 Thank William L
Central Pennsylvania
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331 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

#1 Try to take one of the guided tours. The guides really know their stuff. #2 There is no charge for admission. 45 acres in the City tucked away on the banks of the Schuylkill River that has been holding its ground against the industrial revolution since that began. The Gardens are across the river from an oil refinery. You... More 

1 Thank Cakes77
San Diego, California
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41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Public park with no access fees to gardens, but if you come you have to take the paid tour of John Bartram's home. Amazing history and architecture! Next time I'll take the paid garden tour (hopefully on a cooler day)!

Thank readinJC
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112 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

I love going to gardens! Philly is definitely a garden friendly city and I love that. Bartram's is an older garden and it's free to the public! I love that they kept like a older wooden cottage in the middle to give it an old American historic feel. There are free bathrooms on site so don't worry about plant exploring... More 

1 Thank Sandy J
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20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Bartram's Garden is a fantastic place. We visited on a Saturday when they had free boating on the river. The boating staff was friendly and helpful. Kayaking on the river was pleasant. Walking through the gardens was nice.

Thank Tom S
Ridgewood, NJ
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608 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016

There are many parks in the city and this is one that is along the Schuylkill River. We went there for a walk and an explore. The area we were in had limited but adequate parking for visitors. It was at the end of the park where the dock is located. We did go down to the dock and saw... More 

Thank NJTravellingfool
Rockville, Maryland
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165 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

Philadelphia is a horticulturists dream. Historic Bartram's Garden was the home of John and William Bartram and the first botanical garden in the U.S. This is not a formal garden but more of a meadow and woodlands along the lower Schuylkill River. There are a number of trails that wind through the property. John Bartram is known for discovering the... More 

Thank Cynthia D
Bourbonnais, Illinois
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

I took the boat tour down the river which included a two hour visit to the garden. The tour of the house was interesting and the peaceful, natural setting was wonderful. Its a nice relaxing place to see some amazing historical flora. You can see it all in less than two hours, but if you are looking for a place... More 

Thank kiwiandmolly

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