Longwood Gardens Premieres Spectacular New Main Fountain Garden On May 27

After a two-year revitalization, the fountains now feature 1,700 streams that move and soar...

The amazing fountains at Longwood Gardens are ready to dance again.

After two years of restoration, the Main Fountain Garden — the centerpiece of North America’s most significant fountain collection — premieres on Saturday, May 27 as part of Longwood Gardens’ Summer of Spectacle, which runs through Saturday, September 30.


  • Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Garden premieres May 27.
  • Its first summer season, Summer of Spectacle, runs through September 30.
  • More than 1,700 jets and streams will soar as high as 175 feet in the air.
  • Visitors can also look forward to programming like fireworks, concerts and more.

The $90-million project was the largest fountain preservation project of its kind ever to take place in the United States, drawing heavily upon European influences and using cutting-edge technology to create a jaw-dropping display.

To showcase its splendor, Longwood Gardens has programming scheduled over the next few months, including fireworks, concerts, movie screenings and more.

New Fountain Overview

The newly transformed Main Fountain Garden features more than 1,700 jets and streams that soar as high as 175 feet in the air, lit up by a rainbow of colors via a brand-new lighting system and set to a backdrop of music.

Other fountain highlights carried out by the team include a complete restoration of 4,000 pieces of limestone, new mechanical and electrical infrastructure and the design of a brand-new garden experience for visitors.

Rendering of the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens
(Rendering courtesy Longwood Gardens)
Longwood Gardens premieres its brand-new, highly anticipated Main Fountain Garden on Saturday, May 27.

Guests will be invited to explore an array of new areas, including the secluded Grotto, the Pumphouse Plaza and the Historic Pump Room and Gallery exhibit, which highlights the garden’s original construction and the 18 pumps and mechanical systems that powered the fountains from 1931 to 2014.

The revitalization was powered by Longwood Gardens alongside an international lineup of firms, including Beyer Blinder BelleWest 8 and Fluidity Design Consultants.

Programming, Ticketing and Other Info

Throughout the season, guests can attend one of multiple fountain performances taking place each day. Show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with additional half-hour evening shows at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Timed admission tickets are required to attend.

The grounds are open Sunday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., allowing plenty of time to explore the area’s beauty while you’re there.

Fountains at night at Longwood Gardens
(Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)
Along with the colorful fountain shows, Longwood Gardens will offer a season full of special programming this spring and summer.

Timed admission tickets to Longwood Gardens — which include access to the fountain shows — are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors (ages 62 years and up), $12 for students and free for ages 4 and under. Considerable crowds are anticipated for the inaugural return of the majestic fountains, so it’s recommended to purchase tickets in advance.

To complement the brand-new fountain shows, Longwood Gardens presents a series of special activities scheduled throughout its Summer of Spectacle season. Guests can look forward to fireworks shows (including one on Sunday, May 28), documentary movie screenings and a summer concert series featuring Josh Ritter and other artists.

For the full lineup of events, check out the schedule here.

Summer of Spectacle at Longwood Gardens

When:May 27-September 30
Where:Summer of Spectacle at Longwood Gardens, 401 East Street Road, Kennett Square
Cost:$23, adults; $20, seniors (age 62 years and up); $12, students; free for members and children ages 4 and under



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