Monthly Archives: April 2012


Spring in bloom at Longwood Gardens

In Lancaster County, we’re fortunate to be within a short drive of a lot of great destinations.  HersheyPark, the battlefields at Gettysburg, and the historical sites at Philadelphia are all readily accessible for day trips.  An amazing nearby place our family has returned to time and again over the years is Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square.

It had been too long since we visited, so over the weekend my wife and I decided to pack up the boys and see the spring blooms in the gardens.  I was excited for the boys to see Longwood, but also because I am an amateur photographer, I was eager to get back to what I call a “target rich environment” for photography.  For those unfamiliar, Longwood Gardens is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States with more than 1,000 acres of gardens (including a large indoor conservatory), woodlands, and meadows open to visitors year round.  Longwood truly is spectacular, and offers an ever changing range of plant and flower life on display throughout the seasons as well as musical, holiday, and art events.

The tulips and daffodils were in full bloom as we walked through the Flower Garden Walk towards the treehouse on the lake.  The boys enjoyed the intricate shapes of the topiaries, taking hundreds of photos of flowers with our iPhones, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the various Nature’s Castles Treehouses.  They were also pretty impressed with the amazing fountains at the Italian Water Garden.

As a family we also spent a good deal of time in the conservatory not only exploring the various rooms (the orchid room is especially amazing), but in the Indoor Children’s Garden as well.  They’ve really created an amazing space for kids.  The little ones got to interact with some water (which they were dying to do up until that point), and the older ones got to participate in a scavenger hunt through the surprisingly intricate pathways within the children’s garden.  As always, the flowers were amazing in this section as well.

We packed a picnic lunch and ate in a nearby area with picnic tables designated for Longwood patrons (it’s outside of the main gates and a short driving distance), but I’ve eaten in their on-site restaurant, The Terrace, before and the food is excellent.




Ready, set, go – the joy of Easter egg hunting

Looking at the numerous options for our three boys ( Ages 1, 5, and 8 ) to hunt Easter Eggs in the area, we decided to head out to Strasburg to Village Greens Miniature Golf. The folks over at Village Greens do such a great job maintaining their grounds, especially the gold course with its amazing landscaping in the summer time, we were sure they would bring that kind of care and attention to the Easter Egg hunt.

We weren’t disappointed. Besides having three separate hunts for three different age groups (fitting our sons’ ages perfectly) with lots of prizes, they had a bunch of different activities for the kids to participate in while they were waiting for the hunts to start. The boys got to visit with the Easter Bunny, pet a real bunny and chick, get their faces painted, chalk the sidewalks, putt for free game, and fish for prizes in a small duck pond.

You could really tell the employees and volunteers at the hunt were truly enjoying themselves and were excited to see how excited and happy the children were. It’s fun local events like this that are run by small-businesses that truly enhance the fabric of our community in Lancaster County, and make it a special place to live and visit.

Village Greens has always been one of our favorite place to go miniature golfing (ever since my wife and I started dating, in fact), and their annual Easter Egg hunt has only solidified that position in our hearts. The boys had a great time, and we’ll be sure to come back soon to hit the links.

Some Amish neighbors enjoying the spoils of the egg hunt.

Mom introducing Emerson to the Easter Bunny

The hunt is on!


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