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.

 

Visiting Information

Hours

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:

Public Restrooms

OPEN DAILY 9am–4pm.

The Garden has three sets of restrooms:

Lathe 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

Getting Here

Bartram’s Garden is easily accessible by public transit, bike, and car. Click here for directions.

Parking

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

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

Physical Accessibility

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 info@bartramsgarden.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

Guided Tours

We are not currently offering regularly scheduled public tours. Check our calendar for upcoming special tours.

To schedule a private outdoor tour, please contact info@bartramsgarden.org or 215-729-5281 x100.

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.

Get to know Bartram’s Garden and its 50 acres of land.

We’re Southwest Philly’s backyard.

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking

Birds

Boating & Fishing

Flowers, Plants & Trees

Gardening

History

Kids' Activities

Sankofa Community Farm

Southwest Philadelphia

Water Quality

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Youth Internships

I'm interested in:

Biking & Walking

Birds

Look up! More than 100 species of birds rely on this ecosystem.

Boating & Fishing

Enjoy all that the Tidal Schuylkill River has to offer.

Flowers, Plants & Trees

See what’s blooming, find a favorite tree, and stroll the gardens and natural lands.

Gardening

Bring the Garden home! Shop for plants and grow your own food.

History

Uncover the interconnected stories of this historic site.

Kids' Activities

Join us year-round to learn, make, share, and wonder.

Sankofa Community Farm

“Go back and get it!” Growing food sovereignty with an African Diaspora focus.

Southwest Philadelphia

Resources and opportunities especially for neighbors in Southwest Philly.

Water Quality

Find our latest data on the river’s bacteria levels and recent rainfall.

Workshops, Wellness & Culture

Enjoy upcoming workshops, self-care, and events. Are you a Southwest artist? Let’s partner!

Youth Internships

Calling Southwest students: paid internships available with the river, the farm, and the trees.