Camden Children’s Garden
Discover the natural world
Explore the natural world at this four-acre interactive garden, with varied themes including a Dinosaur Garden, Storybook Gardens, Tree House and Picnic Garden. You might try one of the seasonal shows in the Piney Woods Amphitheatre, then hop on the Commerce Carousel, Arrow River Train or Spring Butterfly ride. Or, when the weather’s warm, you may just choose to splash around in the Violet Plaza Fountain.
Educational exhibits include the Four Seasons Butterfly House, Plaza de Aibonito Tropical Exhibit and Benjamin Franklin’s Secret Garden.
Extend your adventure by taking the RiverLink Ferry from Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia across the Delaware River to the Children’s Garden (April through November).
Camden City Garden Club
The Children’s Garden is run by the Camden City Garden Club, a non-profit formed to help city residents with community gardening. The Camden Children’s Garden offers a variety of educational activities, including on-site lessons, Garden Festivals for Schools and Distance Learning.
The Camden City Garden Club employs Camden teenagers for job training and urban greening projects, and assists members with cleaning vacant, city-owned lots and transforming them into beautiful and productive community gardens, growing fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables.
The Camden City Garden Club was established in 1985 to assist city residents with community gardening. Club members, interested in training city youth in landscaping techniques, began researching children’s gardens.
In consultation with teachers, landscape architects and Jane Taylor, noted designer of the children’s garden at Michigan State University, they developed the imaginative Camden Children’s Garden for children ages three to 12 and opened in July 1999.
The Camden Children’s Garden hosts Family Festivals every 2nd & 4th weekend of each month that feature hands on activities, crafts, and entertainment. Plus, the Children’s Garden features a great view of the July 4th fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. In the warm months, be sure to bring a towel to play in the Violet Plaza Water Jets.