Social Guide

At Longwood Gardens, we welcome everyone to enjoy the beauty of our Gardens. Scroll through the social guide gallery below and read through our know-before-you-go tips!

Before You Go

  • For entrance into the Gardens, please bring your Gardens Admission Ticket or your Member reservation and photo ID. Any fidgets, headphones, or other comfort tools are also allowed.
  • You are allowed to bring water and snacks (not picnics) into the Gardens.
  • Communicate about your visit with your family.
  • Prepare for social engagement, create a social script for engaging with staff who sell tickets in the Visitor Center or people who work in the Gardens.
  • Before you go, check the website to inform you about any potential sensory issues.
  • If you have a service animal, create a social script to answer questions about your animal.
  • Plan your travel to and from the Gardens, there is no public transportation that makes scheduled stops at Longwood Gardens.
  • The exhibits are always changing, so check the website before you visit to find out what flowers are in bloom, what tours are available, and fountain show times.
  • If you have visited the Gardens before, remember that the displays change often and you might not see all the same things that you saw last time.
  • Restrooms in the Visitor Center are not available. The closest restrooms after entry into the Gardens is located near the Open Air Theatre.
  • Once you are in the Gardens, stay as long as you like! Re-entry is not allowed at this time
  • Longwood covers many acres (over 400 that are open to the public!). Walking or using a personal mobility device, wheelchair, or electric scooter are the only ways in which to experience it. 
  • Wheelchairs are available self-service curbside out front of the Visitor Center, on a first-come, first-served basis. Quantities are limited. 

Sensory Tips 

  • Visual: There will be many signs in flower beds indicating types of plants on display. The Organ and Pump House museums have large displays describing what I am seeing. Text information is not necessarily required to experience but adds to the exhibit.
  • Touch: I will not touch any of the plants I see, but can splash in the water at either of the Children’s Gardens (when available). 
  • Auditory: The fountain shows will have loud music, colored lights, and the water jets can make loud popping sound too. 
  • Olfactory: Many of the plants on display in the Conservatory have smells that may be familiar or new—if the smell is too strong, I can step outside for some fresh air. 

Please contact us with any additional questions regarding accessibility at Longwood. We welcome feedback regarding our access program services and how we may improve our access services to best accommodate your next visit to our Gardens.

  • Call 610.388.1000
  • Email questions@longwoodgardens.org

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At Longwood Gardens, we welcome everyone to enjoy the beauty of our Gardens. Scroll through our social guide gallery on the right and read through our know-before-you-go tips!