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Address: 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19131
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America's Oldest Botanical Garden

Public park with no access fees to gardens, but if you come you have to take the paid tour of John Bartram's home. Amazing history and architecture! Next time I'll take the paid... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 August 2016
readinJC
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Hidden along the banks of the Schuylkill River, America's oldest garden is free to the public, provides a restful atmosphere, is not overrun with tourists and has many unusual plants and trees. I think this national treasure is overlooked by many people due to its location. It should be promoted more by the city but at the same time it... More 

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Central Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

#1 Try to take one of the guided tours. The guides really know their stuff. #2 There is no charge for admission. 45 acres in the City tucked away on the banks of the Schuylkill River that has been holding its ground against the industrial revolution since that began. The Gardens are across the river from an oil refinery. You... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Public park with no access fees to gardens, but if you come you have to take the paid tour of John Bartram's home. Amazing history and architecture! Next time I'll take the paid garden tour (hopefully on a cooler day)!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

I love going to gardens! Philly is definitely a garden friendly city and I love that. Bartram's is an older garden and it's free to the public! I love that they kept like a older wooden cottage in the middle to give it an old American historic feel. There are free bathrooms on site so don't worry about plant exploring... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Bartram's Garden is a fantastic place. We visited on a Saturday when they had free boating on the river. The boating staff was friendly and helpful. Kayaking on the river was pleasant. Walking through the gardens was nice.

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Ridgewood, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

There are many parks in the city and this is one that is along the Schuylkill River. We went there for a walk and an explore. The area we were in had limited but adequate parking for visitors. It was at the end of the park where the dock is located. We did go down to the dock and saw... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Philadelphia is a horticulturists dream. Historic Bartram's Garden was the home of John and William Bartram and the first botanical garden in the U.S. This is not a formal garden but more of a meadow and woodlands along the lower Schuylkill River. There are a number of trails that wind through the property. John Bartram is known for discovering the... More 

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

I took the boat tour down the river which included a two hour visit to the garden. The tour of the house was interesting and the peaceful, natural setting was wonderful. Its a nice relaxing place to see some amazing historical flora. You can see it all in less than two hours, but if you are looking for a place... More 

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Hillsboro Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

A non-prosperous part of south Philly. Very inadequate signage - we drove past a salvage yard and turned around. A tiny sign and my GPS led us to the correct turn. We went down a rough lane to the left, behind the salvage yard, and there was a large circle with signs indicating to park parallel. A few other cars... More 

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

This historic garden was started in 1728 by John Bartram, a famous botanist and it stayed in his family until 1850. The garden is located in southwest Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River in the Eastwick section. There are about 48 acres, a Welcome Center, trails, barns and John Bartram's stately home, which can be seen from the outside but because... More 

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