Bartram’s Garden
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA
Hours:Grounds open daily, except on city-observed holidays; Welcome Center (including Garden Shop) and Green Room open Thursday through Sunday, with varying hours (see website for details)
Fee: Grounds, free; admission charged for Green Room and guided tours: adults, $12; seniors, students, and children ages 16 and under, $10; members and children ages 2 and under, free
Contact:, 215-729-5281

Bathrooms: In the courtyard; in the Welcome Center and next to the Garden Shop (when open)
Water/Snacks: Snacks and water available in the Garden Shop (when open)


Explore meadows, gardens, a farm, and the riverfront at the eighteenth-century estate of John Bartram, the founder of American botany.

Look for carnivorous plants (no, they won't bite) tucked off the trail in Bartram's Garden.
Photo by: Susan Charkes

Bartram’s Garden is an oasis in the midst of a dense, urban Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood, and a green break in an industrial shoreline along the lower Schuylkill. In 1728, John Bartram purchased 102 acres along the Schuylkill River, where he created gardens that are of enormous importance to the history of American science. Bartram and his son William collected plants from all over North America and planted them in their gardens. Today, parents will enjoy the historical importance; kids will love the green meadow and trail, the river dock, snowy day sledding, and the fun, educational programming.

Families can walk trails in the gardens, along the river, and through the meadow. Bring bikes to explore the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) connection between Bartram’s Garden and the river; the trail is stroller-accessible too. On the SRT and throughout the site, there are great views of the city skyline and (except in the historical garden) plenty of places to run. Informational signs explain the site’s historical significance. A child with a green thumb will love to explore the labeled gardens for ideas to bring home.

Visit the recently created community gardens, orchard, and farm at the southern end of the site. These spaces are dedicated to promoting the value of growing fresh food and improving nutrition in urban areas. Indoors at the Green Room, kids can engage in interactive activities to learn about nature and local history. Visit Bartram’s website to find more information about current programming, including Family Discover Days, offered during spring and summer school breaks, and Little Explorers, a monthly garden program for toddlers.

Remember: Except within the 8-acre historical section, pets and picnicking are permitted.

Plan B:

If your kids are interested in science and history, visit the Academy of Natural Sciences or Franklin Institute in Center City.

Where to Eat Nearby:

It’s best to bring lunch or snacks. Picnic tables are available on the grounds.


Get outdoor tips & trips
Yes, I want to receive expert advice on getting my family outside!



Marsh Creek State Park »
Playing in Brandywine Creek
675 Park Road, Downingtown, PA

Haverford College Arboretum »
Large duck pond with giant snapping turtle
1 College Lane, Haverford, PA

Wissahickon Valley Park »
Restored historical village in park's south end
300 Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia PA

West Fairmount Park »
Butterfly, hummingbird, and sensory gardens
Belmont Avenue and Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, PA


West Fairmount Park »
Butterfly, hummingbird, and sensory gardens
Belmont Avenue and Montgomery Drive, Philadelphia, PA

Nockamixon State Park »
Waterslide at the swimming pool
1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown, PA

Scott Arboretum and Crum Woods »

Mysterious standing stones of “Crumhenge”
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA

Green Lane Park »
Challenging trails around reservoir's perimeter
2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane, PA

© 2023 Appalachian Mountain Club | 10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129
About | Privacy Policy | Contact Us