Heritage Museum & Gardens Visit
As the weather begins to warm up my family looks forward to all the adventures we will have at Heritage Gardens in Sandwich. We get a family membership to Heritage Gardens every year as it pays for itself in less than two visits for a family of 4. If you don’t want to get a membership but are looking to save some money most of the CLAM Libraries have discounted passes available to borrow. Heritage Gardens is located at 67 Grove Street Sandwich, MA 02563 and is open daily 9am-5pm through October 10th. There is a gift shop and a cafe if you want to buy lunch or snacks including ice cream but we always pack food.
My family and I made our first visit of the season a few weeks ago. It was a warm sunny April afternoon; a perfect afternoon to enjoy Heritage Gardens. When we get there we first went the checkout the new exhibit CUT! Custom and the Cinema. There are lots of amazing and elaborate costume to be viewed there. My 5 year olds favorites were the dress from The Phantom of the Opera and my sons of course were the pirate costumes from Pirates of the Caribbean. After CUT! we headed straight for the Carousel as it is my kids favorite. The great thing about the carousel is that it is included with admission (most other museums have have been to charge extra) plus you can ride it as many times as you like. We take three turns on it then go look at the American Art exhibit where the kids enjoy looking at the old fashioned toys. While you are at the carousel and American Art it is a good time to use the restroom too.
The next favorite at Heritage Gardens is Hidden Hollows. A word to the wise we save it for towards the end when it is not hot out because the kids inevitably get wet. Hidden Hollows is an area that promotes STEM and is an amazing kids area. From the tree house that is perched above Hidden Hollows to the wooden play kitchen area that has a hand pump that actually pumps water to the stage with puppets and stadium seating for the kids to perform, there is something for every child. In Hidden Hollows there is also a garden, craft, sand, building, music, game, and book area to be enjoyed. This amazing place were my kids could spend hours is hard to describe to its full potential thus you must come visit to get the full experience. Plus on hot days Hidden Hollows is always several degrees cooler and there are shady places to hide.
As we leave Heritage Garden we typically visit the car museum. In the car exhibit the kids can pretend to drive a Ford Model T and checkout some really neat old cars including an antique fire engine. The afternoon at the gardens has been a fun one and the kids are already asking when we can go back and looking forward to the Family Fun Fridays that run from 7/8-9/2 with special activities and concert every Friday. Also on 9/18 from 9-2 there is a International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” Celebration which my 3 year old son is very excited about!
Have you been to Heritage Gardens? What do you enjoy doing there? If you have done the adventure park please let us know how it is as my kids are still too little for it!
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