Visit Bartram’s Garden Along The Schuylkill River For A Taste Of Hand-Cranked Homemade Ice Cream This Sunday, July 14

Visit historic Bartram's Garden for a taste of freshly churned ice cream. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Looking for a way to cool off on a sweltering summer day? There are few better ways than with some ice cream.

Leave the fancy gelato and standby water ice behind, and indulge in an afternoon snack of hand-cranked, old-fashioned ice cream at Bartram’s Garden, a historic green space along the west bank of the lower Schuylkill River with quiet fields and modest 18th-century farm buildings.

This summer, Bartram’s is set to host four ice cream outings: July 14 and 27, and August 11 and 18, all from 1 to 2 p.m.

All ice cream tasting are free with a day pass to the gardens, but register here to make sure there are enough treats to go around.

On your visit, you can watch your ice cream get churned in the 19th-century-style machine and get a taste of how frozen treats were made in the days before electricity.

Not sure how to get there? Try a boat. On July 14, Bartram’s will partner with Patriot Harbor Lines and the Schuylkill River Development to offer boat trips down the Schuylkill River from Center City.

Boats depart the Walnut Street Dock at noon and 1 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes admission and a guided tour of the Bartram family home. Boat tours are also available on July 20 and 28 and August 3.

Bartram’s Garden is a public park and free if you want to tour on your own from dawn to dusk. For tours and activities you can buy the Bartram Day Pass, which is $12 per person, and $10 for seniors, students and children 16 and under.

Bartram’s Garden encourages visitors to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy surrounded by its eight acres of green space right in the heart of the city.

Bartram’s Garden Ice Cream Tour
When: July 14, 27; August 11, 18; 1-2 p.m.
Where: 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
Cost: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, students and children
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