Discover a fairy-tale world in the Enchanted Woods at Winterthur Garden in Delaware. Kids will enjoy exploring a magical area with 12 special stops in 3 acres surrounded by a canopy of oak trees.
First, borrow an educational backpack from the museum before visiting the outdoor area where young visitors will be enchanted by the Tulip Tree House and Faerie Cottage. Be careful crossing the Troll Bridge and enjoy the Fairy Flower Labyrinth, a walking and thinking pathway. Climb up in the Bird’s Nest and have a tea party in the Acorn Tearoom.
Kids will also enjoy other parts of the garden. Listen for frogs at the Reflecting Pool, visit the koi in the Glade and play hide-and-seek in the Pinetum. There’s also a narrated tram ride.
When it’s time to head indoors, have a pretend tea party or play in the general store in the Touch-it Room. Pick up a Preschool Pack before visiting the museum galleries.
There’s also a family tour designed especially for children ages 4-11, available March through October, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with a reservation. These require a separate ticket.
Collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont opened Winterthur, his childhood home, to the public almost 60 years ago. In addition to Enchanted Woods, the 1,000-acre estate includes a massive garden filled with colorful blooms, a library dedicated to American decorative arts and a museum showing the du Pont family house, as well as furniture, textile, ceramic, print and painting exhibits.
Winterthur Museum and Garden
Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur, Del.
For in-car GPS, use 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware.
General admission tickets: $20 adult, $18 students, and $5 ages 2-11.
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