If you go to Bartram's Garden's, I suggest getting there when they open.
Wayne and I will definitely be doing the historic district of the city. It will be the only time we tour historic sites where no one will be telling us to hurry up except maybe the tour guide. I defnitely want to see the two historic Meeting Houses and we both will want to check out Christ Church grave yard and Independence Hall. The only place that I wanted to see but probably want is Bartram's Garden. Word is it is not located in a good neighborhood. And although, my brother would never admit it, he will be totally freaked being in a big city. So, the less we have to venture out of a comfort zone, in this case - historical sites, the better.
Directions from their website: clicky here for their website
Bartram’s Garden is located less than 15 minutes from Center City Philadelphia, is convenient to I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) and I-95 and accessible by public transportation. Free parking.
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Find us on your GPS! Use 5305 Harley Avenue.
FROM THE WEST VIA I-76
Travel east and south through Center City to Exit 346B, Gray’s Ferry Avenue.
Bear left on exit ramp and turn left at light on to 34th Street/University Avenue. At next light turn right on Gray’s Ferry Avenue and cross Schuylkill River.
Take first left on to Paschall Avenue. Turn left at next light on to 49th Street and around bend on to Gray’s Avenue. Follow trolley tracks and bear left at fork on to Lindbergh Boulevard.
Just beyond 54th Street sign and immediately after crossing railroad bridge make sharp left turn into entrance, which is not visible until after crossing bridge.
FROM CENTER CITY
Take 23rd Street south below Market Street and merge right on to Gray’s Ferry Avenue just beyond South Street, then follow directions above.
FROM DELAWARE, BLUE ROUTE,
& POINTS SOUTH VIA I-95N
Follow I-95N past Philadelphia International Airport. Take Exit 13, Central Philadelphia, 76/291 West, and continually keep to right.
Take exit for 291 West. Turn right on to Island Avenue and stay right. Cross under highway and turn right at light on Bartram Avenue and left at second light on to Essington Avenue. Proceed straight on Essington and turn left at first light on 70th Street. Go straight and turn right at next light on to Lindbergh Boulevard. Follow Lindbergh Boulevard to Garden entrance on right just after Elmwood Avenue joins with Lindbergh.
FROM NEW JERSEY
& POINTS NORTH VIA I-95S
Follow I-95S past Center City. Take Exit 14, Bartram Avenue, and proceed to second light at Essington Avenue. Turn right and follow directions above.
Take No. 36 Trolley from City Hall to 54th Street. Cross railroad bridge to Garden entrance on left.
PS - If I'm available, I can always drive you there; I've never been to the garden's myself and wouldn't mind going ... let's see what I'm doing closer to the date.
Edited by Barbara and Ryan, 31 December 2009 - 05:21 PM.