Visit the Gardens
Take a Tour
Longue Vue’s gardens are the masterpiece of 20th-century landscape icon Ellen Biddle Shipman. Treat yourself to eight acres of beauty, at your own pace. Admission is $15 per person (free for children under 3; for need-based discounts, email email@example.com).
Shipman’s masterpiece continues in the stunning interior design of the Stern family home, accessible by guided tour only. House tours are $27 per person, including all-day admission to the gardens. Guided combination tours of the house and gardens are $35 per person. Admission is free for children under 3 and need-based discounts are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn even more about the history and design of Longue Vue? Take a tour with Curator Lenora Costa and Director of Gardens Amy Graham, offered the first Friday of every month. First Friday tours include Tea Time in between the house and garden portions, giving you a chance to relax and cool down before the next tour begins.
While at Longue Vue
Save the Garden Map on your phone or print it out to bring it with you for your visit. Maps are also available on site.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there free parking on site?
- Parking on site is free, but limited and can fill up quickly. We encourage you to come in as few cars as possible.
- Where are the nearest transit stops?
- The nearest streetcar terminal is about a 1 mile walk away at the Cemeteries terminal, and the nearest bus stop is about 0.5 miles away at Airline and Cecil St.
- What is Longue Vue’s bike policy?
- At Longue Vue, we welcome visitors who choose to travel by bike! We provide a convenient bike rack located in the Entry Court, where cyclists can securely park and lock their bikes. Please note that bikes are not permitted within the gardens and should only be parked in designated Entry Court area. It is important to be aware that Longue Vue is not liable for any stolen items or bikes.
- Can I get an Uber to/from Longue Vue?
- Yes, many people use taxis and rideshares to get here. Just make sure the driver knows it’s 7 Bamboo Rd, not 11 Garden Ln (a private street).
- Is Longue Vue kid friendly?
- Absolutely! Longue Vue is a fun, educational environment for children of all ages. Be sure to check out our Discovery Garden!
- Is there a place to eat on site?
- Yes, Edith & Edgar’s Garden Cafe in the Entrance Court offers a variety of teas, coffee, and treats.
- Can I bring my own food and drinks?
- Absolutely! Bring a picnic and find a nice shady spot on our Oak Lawn or East Lawn.
- Can I bring my pet?
- While we realize pets are a special addition to your family, we respectfully ask that you leave pets or emotional support animals at home. Service animals trained to perform specific tasks directly related to a disability are allowed.
- Can I walk through the House without a Guide?
- The House is only accessible with a guided tour, but you are free to explore the rest of the eight-acre property on your own!
- How long before my tour should I arrive?
- Tours begin promptly on the hour, so we suggest arriving 5 to 10 minutes ’til to ensure you have enough time to park and find your way to the Visitor Center.
- I am not sure if I want to take a tour. Can I decide later?
- Absolutely. If you purchase admission and then decide to take a tour, you can sign up at the Gate House or Museum Store.
- I have a large group (12 people or more) that would like to tour, does Longue Vue offer group rates?
- Yes, groups of 12 or more can request a group rate by contacting Director of Audience Experience Neana Collins at email@example.com.
- I still have a question. Is there someone I can contact?
- Yes, you can direct any additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we are happy to help!