Plan Your Visit
The Garden is free and open to visitors every day.
Bartram’s Garden is many things to many people: a home for horticulture, the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, an ancient riverfront, Sankofa Community Farm, high school internship programs, and a place of untold histories.
At its core, it is a public park spanning nearly 50 acres in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia, offering peace, rest, and connection.
We invite you to make this place your own and tell the story of what this land and water can mean to us.
Our grounds are open every day. Visiting the Garden is free for everyone.
Gates allowing vehicle access at our 54th Street and 56th Street entrances open at sunrise and close at sunset.
Our programs, events, and site amenities vary seasonally. The Historic Bartram House is open only for special events.
Welcome Center: Open Daily, 9 am-4pm
Make this your first stop when you visit Bartram’s Garden!
Welcome Center Hours:
- April 1 through the first weekend in December: OPEN DAILY 9am–4pm (Closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.)
- CLOSED from the first weekend in December until after the New Year.
- January through March: OPEN SATURDAYS 9am–4pm
Visit the Welcome Center to:
- Pick up a free self-guided tour map.
- Speak with our friendly staff.
- Buy gifts from local artists or plants from our nursery.
- Borrow a fishing rod and basic tackle.
- Purchase snacks and beverages.
- Check out field guides to trees, flowers, birds, animal tracks, and more.
- Borrow binoculars.
- Pick up flyers and learn more about upcoming programming and events.
- Support the Garden by making a donation.
- Learn more about the history of the site.
OPEN DAILY 9am–4pm.
The Garden has three sets of restrooms:
Lath House — Enter through Barnyard
- Wheelchair-accessible (no automated doors)
- Divided by gender
- Multiple stalls
Historic Bartram House — North side
- Few steps to entrance
- All genders
- Single stall
Eastwick Pavilion — When open for programs and events
- Short flight of stairs to entrance
- Divided by gender
- Multiple stalls
Rules & Safety
For your safety and the preservation of the land, please:
- Don’t pick, forage, or damage plants.
- Keep dogs on leash at all times.
- Do not litter.
Travel & Accessibility
Bartram’s Garden is easily accessible by public transit, bike, and car. Click here for directions.
Free parking is available:
- In the loop via our driveway from 54th Street
- Along 51st Street — Convenient for North Mile and Dock & Community Boathouse
- Along 56th Street — Convenient for Sankofa Community Farm, 56th Street Plaza, and South Mile
On-site parking is limited. Please follow all parking instructions from staff during your visit.
A $5 charge for parking services may take effect during large festival events, including Southwest SpringFest, Juneteenth, HoneyFest, HarvestFest, and Handmade Holidays. Parking fees will be noted in all event promotions. We encourage visitors to walk, bike, or take public transit to the Garden during these special events and throughout the year.
Bike racks are located:
- Along the driveway from 54th Street
- Near the Welcome Center along the Bartram’s Mile Trail
- Near the Community Garden along the Bartram’s Mile Trail
- At the Community Boathouse
- At the 56th Street Plaza
We strive to make this space accessible for all.
A wheelchair is available for visitor use in the Welcome Center, and golf cart rides can be arranged for easier access to programs and events. If you need more information or anticipate needing assistance during your visit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-729-5281.
- Bartram’s Mile Trail: Paved trailway, no vehicle access for visitors. Some segments of the trail are on a moderate incline, including between the Community Boathouse and the Parking Loop and between the Historic Bartram House and the Sankofa Community Farm.
- Dock & Community Boathouse: Ramps with handrails, 3 accessible kayak launches, safety ladders. Boats are available with weight limits up to 500 pounds.
- Botanic Garden: Some gravel and dirt pathways, optional short flights of stairs with handrails. Some pathways are on a moderate incline.
- Meadow: Mowed grass pathways. Some pathways are on moderate or steep inclines.
- Welcome Center, Barn, & Coach House: Wide, flat entrances; no automated doors.
- Historic Bartram House: 1 step down at entrance, various single steps between first-floor rooms, stairs with handrail to upper floors.
- Restrooms: Accessible stalls in Lathe House restrooms; no automated doors.
Tours & Discounts
Please check our calendar for our in-season monthly public tours.
We are not currently scheduling private tours—we look forward to reopening our tour program in the 2024 season.
Program Ticket Discounts for Southwest Neighbors & ACCESS Cardholders
Visiting Bartram’s Garden is free for everyone. Most programs, tours, and events are also free. When there is a fee for registration, a limited number of $2 tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Southwest Philadelphia neighbors as well as all ACCESS cardholders.