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 bridge leading to the Bird's Nest.
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 kids lounging in the chairs.
Then George and Thomas.
The beautiful Rose Garden.