Gardens Aglow Is A Perfect Holiday Activity
This past Sunday night my family and I were given the chance to visit Gardens Aglow at Heritage Gardens in Sandwich, MA (we received complimentary admission in return for an unbiased review). Gardens Aglow is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 4:30pm-8:30pm between now and 12/18 tickets are Member Adults (12+): $15, Member Youth (3-18 years): $5, Non-Member Adults (12+): $18, Non-Member Youth (3-11 years): $7 and Children ages 2 and under are free. I would definitely recommend buying tickets ahead of time and getting there right at 4:30.
As you may know my family and I love Heritage Gardens in the summer time and as member are there quite often. We had never been in late Fall and we're not sure exactly what to expect. I fed the kids on the way there and we arrived shortly before 4:30pm and got a prime parking spot in the main lot (that being said parking is much better now that they have finished construction). When we arrived it was 31 degrees and felt like winter so after bundling up we were off. Checkin was easy and well set up. As you enter Heritage the car museum directly in front of you is lit up beautifully (with the moon rising it was great wintery sight) and a Heritage guide is there handing out a scavenger hunt to find all 9 of Santa’s “lost” reindeer (a great motivator to get the kids to walk the whole light display).
After finding the first reindeer we headed into the car museum to see Santa. The line was short since it was only 4:35pm but the kids were apprehensive about Santa and only wanted to watch as others had their pictures taken with Santa in the Model T (a great photo opp). As we walked along to the special exhibit hall the kids enjoyed see all the beautiful lights and finding more reindeer. The baby animals were setup outside the exhibit hall and the line was short but because my husband had a cold and was freezing we decided to go inside first and warm up which was a strategic mistake as the line was way too long when we came out so we didn’t end up see the baby animals and the kids were very disappointed (check out the their website for other special activities like the bubble man). Inside the special exhibit hall was an amazing train set up and a bunch of artistic table settings. There was also a family craft area to make ornaments; a fun way to be inside and warm up. Next we head to the carousel which was busy by now but we managed to get two rides without too much of a wait. I also got to checkout the Hundred Acre School that look like a pretty great place to send your preschooler (there were some kid activities in there also if you need more indoor time)!
The kids were disappointed that Hidden Hollows was not decorated too but were excited enough about find the few reindeer we missed on the way in and roasting marshmallow at the cafe (purposely saved to the end to motivate them up the big hill at the end of the visit). Other than the marshmallow roasting my kid’s favorite parts were the carousel and the light tunnels. My favorite part was the reindeer hunt and enjoying all the lovely lights.
I would definitely recommend going to Gardens Aglow if you are looking for a fun holiday activity! If you go get there early and wear lots of layers. We only lasted about 2 hours and by 6:40pm it was 26 degrees out. My only complaints are the lack of bathrooms at the further end of the gardens (only 2 toilets at the carousel) and that there was not a warm sitting area other than the few marshmallow roasting pits to eat at.
Have you been to Gardens Aglow? What did you enjoy most?
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