Experiencing the Gardens at Night

Light offers our guests the rare opportunity to explore our Gardens after hours. Lake and meadow, forest and field are transformed by these illuminated light works, which make use of ordinary objects to extraordinary effect.

Visit eight site-specific installations set throughout the east end of the Gardens and in the Conservatory, where Munro has also installed a special exhibit, On Light. Created in the spirit of our founder Pierre S. du Pont, who hosted nighttime garden parties filled with fireworks and illuminated fountains, Light is a tribute to the artful combination of nature and culture that is Longwood Gardens.

Visiting Tips

To experience Light we recommend purchasing timed admission tickets in advance to guarantee entry. Timed admission tickets limit the number of people in the Gardens, providing a better visiting experience. Click here to purchase your timed admission tickets.

Here are a few tips to help plan your visit:

  1. Light is on view until September 29. Extended evening hours Wed–Sat until 11:00 pm! See more hours.
  2. Timed Admission Tickets are required, and can be purchased in advance online. Print your tickets at home to avoid lines once you arrive. Tickets may sell out, so purchase early to avoid disappointment!
  3. Timed admission tickets require you to choose the date and start time of your visit. Once you enter the Gardens, you may stay as long as you wish.
  4. Members are required to make reservations if they plan on visiting after 4:00 pm on Saturdays. Reservations can be made online at longwoodgardens.org. Find out more about visiting Light if you are a Member
  5. Check longwoodgardens.org to ensure Light is on view the evening of your visit. Due to special programming, some evenings may require a special event ticket. To view Light on Fireworks & Fountains Show evenings, you must have a Fireworks & Fountains Show special event ticket. Fireworks & Fountains nights are: July 3 & 21, August 11, September 1 & 29.
  6. Tickets purchased for special events (Fireworks & Fountains Shows, ticketed concerts, ticketed dining events) will also allow you access to visit the Gardens, including the Light Installations, on the day of the event.
  7. Plan to arrive at Longwood Gardens well before sunset to enjoy the Gardens by day and by night. Allow ample travel time.
  8. Parking is free. Remote parking is used if needed. Transportation from remote parking areas to the Gardens is provided.
  9. You may wish to bring a flashlight.
  10. Light is a rain or shine, indoor and outdoor experience. Scooters, wheelchairs, and strollers are available (for a fee for non-Members) on a first-come, first-served basis in the Visitor Center. Shuttle service is not provided. Due to varying terrain and pathway surfaces, some areas of the Light installations are accessible by foot only.
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