Most people have dreamed about having a treehouse in their backyard. For city-dwellers, Philadelphia doesn’t afford the space or environment to create a tiny house among the trees. Fortunately, there's a few great public gardens in the Philadelphia area where kids and adults can live out their treehouse dreams! Check out our Top 4 Treehouse Destinations Near Philadelphia.
1: Morris Arboretum
Philadelphia, PA • morrisarboretum.org
Out on a Limb, Tree Adventure Exhibit
Nestled in the Northwest corner of Philadelphia, Morris Arboretum is home to Out on a Limb Tree Adventure Exhibit. A sprawling walkway provides a bird’s eye view of the forest from 50 feet up. Scramble like squirrels on nets suspended within the tree canopy or pretend you are a bird in a larger-than-life Robin’s nest. Best of all, this outdoor exhibit is fully ADA accessible for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
2. Tyler Arboretum
Media, PA • tylerarboretum.org
Tyler Arboretum boast six (yes, six!) unique treehouses spread throughout the 650 acres of this natural sanctuary. Make a day of epic treehouse exploration with the whole family. From elevated walkaways to giant bird houses and storybook structures, there’s sure to be a treehouse at Tyler Arboretum that will delight the imagination.
3. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square
Kennett Square, PA • longwoodgardens.org
Longwood Gardens is home to three distinctly different treehouses: Canopy Cathedral, Birdhouse, and Lookout Loft. They range from an architect-designed dwelling that’s seemingly move-in ready to a rustic, open-air platform perched 20+ feet in the air. Each treehouse is designed to compliment it’s natural environment, along with interactive features to enhance the experience. Bonus: The Lookout Loft is ADA accessible.
4. Grounds For Sculpture
Hamilton, NJ • groundsforsculpture.org
Bamboo Observation Tower
The Bamboo Observation Tower at Grounds For Sculpture is a three-story garden feature offering impressive views through the treetops. Visitors will feel as if they are climbing the trees themselves as they make their way up winding stairs surrounded by lush greenery.