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Brandywine Valley Things To Do For a Trip Away From the City

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When you’re constantly busy with work and kids, you sometimes need a weekend escape with your spouse. In Brandywine Valley, you can do just that with beautiful scenery, up-scale food, or a place filled with art and history. So get out of the bustling city and explore the rolling countryside with these Brandywine Valley things to do.

5 Brandywine Valley Things To Do 

Brandywine River Museum of Art

If you love the arts, this place is a must. A wide selection of stunning pieces can be found within its walls. Galleries dedicated to the Wyeth family’s work, their outstanding Heritage Collection of American art, and so much more can be found here. Their exhibit constantly changes with new and intriguing pieces to view or take a peek into the remarkable studios. You can also check their calendar for their many planned events and join more in-depth into the art community of Brandywine Valley.

Plan a date:

  • Located at 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
  • Open Wednesday – Monday (Closed on Tuesday) from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
  • $18 adults
  • $15 seniors (65+)
  • $6 for children ages 6-18 and students with ID
  • Free for children ages five and under.
  • Free for members
  • Studio Tours are in addition to Museum admission

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Longwood Gardens

One of the world’s most extraordinary gardens captures the beauty of seasonal change without losing its appeal, thanks to their applaud-worthy conservation and research group. Walk hand in hand and delve into the 400 acres of vibrant and lush gardens, open meadows, and winding paths that lead to the lovely and captivating Brandywine Valley vistas. Not only will you find natural beauty at Longwood Gardens, but they also hold engaging events and performances to immerse yourself in. 

Plan a date:

  • Located at 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
  • Open Monday and  Wednesday from 10:00 AM–6:00 PM, and Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 AM- 11:00 PM
  • 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 US Military or US Veteran (with valid ID) $18
  • Museums for All and PA ACCESS Cardholders $2 (card and matching ID required)

1906

After exploring the Longwood Garden, are you ready for a meal? Or, if you are just looking for a complete dining experience, 1906 is a delicious stop for another Brandywine Valley thing to do. This fantastic restaurant is just steps away and a perfect compliment to the Longwood Garden. Their flavorful menus change with the seasons to guarantee quality and fresh dining with their locally produced ingredients. Your food will be prepared by the recognized and talented Executive Chef Will Brown and his team. Their vision is to combine classical French and modern techniques, complimenting their fresh ingredients.

Plan a date:

  • Located inside the Longwood Gardens.
  • Monday, Wednesday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday–Sunday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM–8:00 PM (Closed on Tuesday)
  • Price Range $25-50 
  • Best with a reservation

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Brandywine Prime

Brandywine Prime is a fantastic Brandywine Valley date idea if you love a delicious steak and seafood dinner paired with a bottle of fine wine. This restaurant in the heart of Brandywine Valley is set in a restored stone cottage from 1703 and is just a short drive from the city. The upsacle restauraunt is adorned with original details of the cottage. Their world-class staff and chef serve only the finest steak, seafood, and organic produce from their garden. Brandywine Prime is a delicious and elegant thing to do in Brandywine Valley on your weekend away from the city.

Plan a date:

  • Located at 1617 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
  • Hours: Tuesday–Thursday from 4:30 PM–8:30 PM and Friday-Saturday from 4:30 PM-9:30 PM
  • Price range- $20-75 for seafood and $30-65 for steak

Le Cavelier

Le Cavelier is my final Brandywine Valley date idea, influenced by flavors of North Africa and Provençe. Tyler Akin, acclaimed Philadelphia Chef and Restaurateur, breathes new creative renditions of French classics that perfectly pair with natural wines. For the team to provide year-round quality dining, the ingredients and dishes on the menu frequently change to match the season. Additionally, the elegant French Parisian ambiance is perfect for intimate dates.

Plan a date:

  • Located at 42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Price range $30-$50

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Brandywine Valley Things To Do

There are countless Brandywine Valley things to do that will excite and add something special to any relationship. So call the babysitter and take a weekend away with your spouse to the gorgeous Brandywine Valley countryside.

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