Curtis Arboretum
GOOD FOR: Ages 0-4

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:1250 Church Road, Wyncote, PA
Hours:8 A.M. to 8:30 p.m. daily, May through August, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., September through April
Fee: Free


Bathrooms: None
Water/Snacks: Water fountains (for both people and dogs) at the dog park


Enjoy a quiet afternoon strolling through the beautiful woods, open lawns, and paved paths of Curtis Arboretum.

Curtis Arboretum
Photo by: Susan Charkes

Curtis Arboretum (also known as Curtis Hall) is a 45-acre park in Cheltenham Township located on the former Curtis Estate. The landscaping was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed New York’s Central Park, among other landscapes. Especially good for young children, the park is a friendly, open location for exploring the outdoors. The blue sky doesn’t get any bluer nor the green grass any greener for a kid rolling down the long lawn at Curtis Arboretum.

The beautiful grounds include a historical mansion (used for special events) and adjacent grassy terraces where younger kids will enjoy jumping from one level to the next. Wide-open lawns spill down a long hill that provides plenty of room for running, as well as winter sledding. Stroller-friendly, easily walked paved paths wind down to two pretty ponds and end near Rock Creek. In autumn, the township hosts a harvest festival in the park, complete with hayrides.

The wooded perimeter of the arboretum is a haven for birds and wildlife in this residential area. More than 50 types of trees grow throughout the park, creating natural picnicking spots with beautiful vistas. Many trees are labeled; for school-age kids it’s an opportunity to compare leaf shapes, or fall colors, of the different species. The park is especially lovely in spring, when the hillside offers dramatic views of the flowering trees.

Remember: Fishing is not permitted in the ponds. A leash-free dog park is at the bottom of the hill.

Plan B:

Briar Bush Nature Center is nearby; although it’s not strollerfriendly, the easy trails offer young kids a chance to explore nature.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Head to Glenside Avenue, where you’ll find restaurants and shops.


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