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Special Needs

Longwood Gardens covers many acres. Walking or using a wheelchair or electric scooter are the primary ways in which to experience it. There are no shuttles within the Gardens.

It takes about 1½ hours to walk the entire 20-room Conservatory, which covers ½ mile. To walk the 20 outdoor gardens (2¼-3¼ miles) takes two to three hours. The Heritage Exhibit in the Peirce-du Pont House takes ½ to one hour.

Most restrooms and drinking fountains are wheelchair accessible. The Conservatory and The Terrace are equipped with elevators, and several of the doors in the Visitor Center, Conservatory, and The Terrace are automated. Most garden paths are wide and paved, and a wheelchair route is suggested on the Guide Map. The Lookout Loft is the only accessible treehouse. The Chimes Tower and some of the Peirce-du Pont House are not wheelchair accessible.

Service dogs providing assistance for visitors with disabilities are permitted anywhere at Longwood.

On crowded days there may be a farther walk from the parking lot to the Visitor Center. Our double traffic lane in front of the Visitor Center allows our guests to drop off passengers at the main entrance before parking. Guests will find reserved handicapped parking at the front of the parking lot close to the Visitor Center.

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