There is always family fun at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Cheekwood was built in 1832 as the home for the Cheek family who made their fortune in the wholesale grocery business. Members of the Cheek family lived at Cheekwood until the 1950’s. The site was opened to the public as a museum and botanical garden in 1960.
Cheekwood is a place your family can enjoy for all seasons. While the gardens may not be a practical destination in the winter months, the exhibits in the main museum are always accessible.
There is lots of parking within Cheekwood but if you happen to visit on a busy day, you may have to park outside the gates in an overflow area. In general, the walkways through the gardens are paved and stroller/wheelchair accessible. But there are areas where wheels will be tricky. Lauren brought a stroller for Tamzin and was able to get to about 75% of the places throughout the garden.
Your first stop on any trip to Cheekwood will be the Botanic Hall building. This is where you will buy tickets or show your membership card. This building also houses an extensive botanical library. There are also rooms in this building where some of Cheekwood’s special events are held.
Just outside Botanic Hall, you will find the beautiful gardens that keep people coming back to Cheekwood year after year. You can see the herb garden, terrace gardens, wildflower gardens and more. This is the place where you do NOT want to forget your camera. There are lots of unique surprises in these gardens. You will want to take LOTS of pictures.
The garden area hosts special events throughout the year. One such event was a treehouse exhibit. Only one treehouse remains, but it is lots of fun. You can climb up into it or take a turn on the swing underneath.
The gardens are also home to an area that is built up like a tiny stone village. This place is so cute. If cameras still used film, you would use it all up here!
Once you have made your way through the side gardens, you will arrive at the Cheekwood Mansion. There is so much to see outside at Cheekwood that we often skip the home tour entirely. The home has wonderful displays of artwork, silver and more. But it’s not exactly toddler-friendly. Let your little ones enjoy the boxwood gardens behind the house and save the inside stuff for when they are older.
Once you leave the Cheekwood Mansion, you will walk through another large area of lush gardens. There is a beautiful pond in this area and large open green spaces.
One of our favorite spots in Cheekwood is the Japanese Garden. It is a huge zen garden that is simply stunning. A bamboo path leads you into the garden area, and there is a large observation area where you can climb up and just enjoy the view. We never get tired of it.
Cheekwood offers a large variety of seasonal programs. Some of them are annual such as the Autumn Scarecrow Display, the ‘El Dia de los Muertos’ celebration in October , and the Holiday events each Christmas season.
So get your kids, get your camera, and get to Cheekwood!
Family Fun Facts
Hours : Tuesday – Sunday 9AM – 5PM
Cost: Tickets may be purchased online using this link.
$20 – Adults
$18 – Seniors (65 +)
$13 – Youth (3 – 17)
Free – 2 and Under
Parking is $3 per vehicle or Free for members
Memberships are available. Members get free admission plus 2 free guest day passes. Full membership information can be found at this link.