Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Trip through Nature

I posted this on my other blog today, My Life in Jenga, but it is so fitting for this one, I had to share. Here is a great place to go with the family!

Yesterday we visited the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. And it was more beautiful than I had imagined. The outside gardens has more than 17 types of trees, plants from over 27 countries and 33 beautiful displays of nature and it's glory. From Swan Pond, The Garden Railway to Out on a Limb,just to name a few, you can see beautiful gardens, rolling ponds, swans, butterflies and beautiful architecture built solely from nature's inspiration. We enjoyed the gardens as much as the children did, laughing, running and walking through the trails, seeing nature at it's finest. The Arboretum, part of the University of Pennsylvania, offers many events throughout the year such as Yoga classes, guided tours, and concerts series for kids, just to name a few. And here's a money saving tip: Purchase the Beech membership at just $115 a year and get access to all the events happening at the arboretum. If you work for the Penn Health System or attend the University of Pennsylvania, bring your Penn Card, you get in for free. Looking for a place for lunch after your stroll? The Arboretum is located in the residential heart of Chestnut Hill, which features many shops and restaurants. Our on way home we stopped at a little ice cream shop called Nonnies, they not only have ice cream, but sorbet and gelato. Yum! Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-17, children 2 and under are free. I took over 200 pictures and had so much trouble deciding which ones to share, if only there were room for them all (check back on Wordless Wednesday for more), but here are some pictures from our favorite spots. Enjoy.

 The view from the bridge leading to Out on a Limb
 The Bird's Nest.

The bridge leading to the Bird's Nest.

 George waiting to catch a glimpse of James in the Garden Railway.

 The Garden Railway contained intricate buildings and bridges fit for the finest train enthusiast.

 Sophia and cousin Thomas waiting to see Thomas the Tank Engine.
 The wooden lounge chairs in front of the Log Cabin.

 The lounge chairs included beautiful inscriptions. This one was my favorite.

The kids lounging in the chairs.

The fountain provided the perfect way to cool off on this hot day. First Sophia....

 Then George and Thomas.

The Summer Palace is constructed solely from branches and twigs.

 The entrance to the Summer Palace.

The beautiful Rose Garden.


  1. This is such a great thing to have close by! My daughter would love the train and all of the beautiful things to do and see! These pictures are great! Thank you for sharing this! I hope you had a super weekend!

    Mama Hen

  2. That Summer Palace is so cool. I'm in awe. I thought our Botanic Gardens were awesome but that...I need one of those.

  3. Thanks for the great review - glad your family enjoyed the outing!

  4. How fun to find your blog. We love the Morris Arboretum and go there frequently. Sometimes my homeschooling family does school there.