Tyler Arboretum515 Painter Road Media, Pennsylvania 19063 visit site>
I have a giant chalk board in my kitchen that I scored at the Modern Furniture Sale in Fishtown. On that chalkboard I have my Places 2 Go list. Next on the list and waiting for a fair weather day was Tyler Arboretum…
For me any place that is 40 + minutes away is a risk. Basically I risk Ollie falling asleep in the car the last five seconds of the trip home and then refusing to take any kind of nap for the rest of the day and proceeding to wreak havoc on me until bedtime. But as we all know I can’t stay home so here we go…
Tyler Arboretum was great. We got there, paid our admission and I basically released the boys. If you have not been there the grounds are perfect for running around and exploring. Where Morris Arboretum is more about structure and perfection Tyler is more about imagination and play.
There is what I would call the tree house trail. The first one is right through the entrance and the boys ran right up it and all over it. As you wander the grounds you go from one interesting treehouse to the next. They range from minialistic to elaborate and the boys loved climbing into each one. There was only one that I felt was way too complicated for Henry to climb. It had these shiny rungs to climb and they led up to a narrow hole at the top. I just did not see it happing for my crew. That said there was a mom in that tree house with a toddler and a baby in a Bjorn. I seriously think she kept starring at me like you wuss, we did it…but props to her. The trip up that treehouse was a story I was not prepared to tell.
The best treehouse was the one that was shaped like a giant guitar. I will admit it took me awhile to figure out what it was but I had my hands full. Inside this tree house there are tone tubes that you can bang on the walls to make different sounds. There is also a bridge that you walk down which is the neck of the guitar.
Everything has a fairy, goblin, troll, witch theme. There is a magical trail which has crude little houses and a new troll village every few feet and honestly the boys loved finding the next little mini village that would pop up down the trail.
There is a low tunnel maze and crazy witch bridge that was the perfect size for the boys. Even though the good stuff is literally “off the beaten path” I had no problem with my Revolution Bob stroller. I don’t think an umbrella stroller will work in the high grass and on the wooded trail. Because Tyler is so physical (climbing, running, crawling more climbing) you can believe that the meltdowns started about 1/2 the way through. I was glad that I had the stroller. They did rally when they got to the giant frogs at the Vegatable Garden but we did opt out of the Butterfly House as we came into the home strech and Ollie had that look in his eyes, letting me know he would make me pay for running out of snacks.
For all the pictures go to HipsterHenry Flickr
Good to Know:
- I love their morning hours: Mon-Fri 9am–5pm / Sat-Sun 9am–7pm
Youths (3-15): $5
Children under 3: Free
- There is a picnic area
- There were a lot of bees the day we were there and they were clingers.
- We were fine but bring bug spray.
- 50% of where you are going to be is in the woods and shaded.
- Strollers are a yes for little ones but leave the umbrella stroller behind.