Travels on Mother’s Day

Photo at Longwood Gardens from last Mother’s Day.

What mom does not enjoy nature and being with their family? Mother’s Day is perfect for spending time with your mom and family. Many places like restaurants and indoor activities can be very crowded these days. Here are some beautiful outdoor places you could spend your mothers Day.

First is Longwood Gardens, located in Kennett Square, PA. Longwood Gardens is a beautiful garden comprising over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows. They are open Wednesday–Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday: Closed; Special Morning Hour for Members; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are required, and there are timed ambitions, but also there are membership options.

The pricing is as follows:
Adults $25
Seniors (Ages 62+) $22
College Student (with valid ID) $22
Youth (Ages 5-18) $13
Children (Ages 4 & under) Free
Active or Retired U.S. Military or U.S. Veteran (with valid ID) $18

Lia Mott, who plans on going this Mother’s Day, says, “The tickets at Longwood Gardens are very affordable considering how much there is to see.” They have classes planned to keep you busy. One of these is Sweet Floral Treats: Banana Split. Here you will join floral designer and instructor Melissa Palmer as she leads you in creating your own beautiful floral arrangement. This event is on Thursday, May 25. Another available event is Stories and Songs with Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. She will perform a selection from her vast repertoire of the African and African American oral traditions on May 20 at 11:00 a.m.

If you are looking for a more active and free experience, the Appalachian Trail Bake Oven Knob in Lehigh Valley is a great candidate. The hike is rocky and includes several scrambles, but it is beautiful. When going, be prepared with proper footwear and for water to be on the trail. The Bake Oven Knob trail reaches about 1,500 feet in elevation and comes to a wonderful lookout over Lehigh Valley. You can hike roughly 3.5 miles to Blue Mountain Road or 8 miles to the Lehigh River.

The Muhlenberg Rail Trail could be perfect for you if you want to hike but want a less rocky and smoother path. It is a 1.8 miles trail that is surfaced with asphalt. The track is on the former corridor of the busy East Penn Branch of the Reading Railroad that ran between Allentown and Reading beginning in the 19th century. Sam Linck, who has hiked this trail, says her favorite part is, “how it is not too long of a hike, where it could be too exhausting. It usually takes about an hour to complete the trail, which is also nice.” The trail is a nice and peaceful way to spend part of the day at.

Whatever you plan to do this Mother’s Day, getting out into nature is a great option. Check out these three options to decide what sounds best for your family. If looking for a view of lots of flowers, Long Woods Gardens could be the perfect option.