Plan Your Visit


What is a natural materials playground?

It is a mixture of structures, paths, and loose materials that invites families to play in nature. This innovative, sustainable playscape engages children in creative, imaginative, and active discovery.  Kids are free have fun and learn, experiment and discover, all while exercising and enjoying the outdoors.

Awbury’s AdventureWoods was inspired by sketches from Studio Bryan Hanes and built in the Awbury’s Secret Garden in 2017.  It features three distinct natural playscapes: The Willows, The Woodlot, & The Weft and Weave

When Can we Visit?

Awbury is currently closed for the winter season, with the exception of private rentals.

Starting April 3, 2021, AdventureWoods will be open again for the season, free and open to the public during the following times, weather permitting: 

❦ Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
❦ Sundays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Covid Considerations and Restrictions

+ Masks are strongly recommended.
+ Guests are expected to maintain social distance.
+ No restrooms or portable toilet will be available.
+ We suggest you bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no hand-washing facilities on site.


AdventureWoods is also available by special arrangement and for weekday and weekend rentals.

Where is AdventureWoods?

Address for your GPS: 6060 Ardleigh St, Philadelphia, PA 19138
AdventureWoods is located in the Secret Garden at Awbury Arboretum, which includes more than three acres of enclosed space.
Directions: Please park on Ardleigh St and follow signs to the Secret Garden entrance.  (Click maps to enlarge images.)

Where do we park?

There is ample free parking on Ardleigh St.

What do kids do in AdventureWoods?

They play in nature!  You and your guests are free to wander the Secret Garden and creatively engage with the structures and materials.

How much does it cost?

Admission during open public hours is free!

Looking to host a party in AdventureWoods?  Please contact Branda at for details about renting the space outside of open public hours.

What if it rains?

Please note that AdventureWoods will be closed if it rains.

In addition: starting November 1st, if the temperature is below 45 degrees at 11:00 AM, AdventureWoods be closed.

Are there any special events and activities?

Yes! We periodically have performers, scavenger hunts, art exhibits, and more in AdventureWoods.  Please visit our Events Page to see all events including AdventureWoods Specials!

Saturday, April 3rd – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Opening Day event!

Join us for a family hike, geocaching, and more!  Click here for details.

Saturday, April 10th – 10:00 AM 12:30 PM (rain date Sunday, 4/11) – Nature Days Open House

Did you know there will be a preschool-aged program in AdventureWoods this fall!  Awbury Nature Days is for ages 3- 5 and is a half day program from 9:00 – 12:30, four days week.

During AdventureWoods open public hours on 4/10 we are hosting an Open House for Awbury Nature Days.  Come experience our home base and learn more about the program:

• Visit our incredible “outdoor classroom” in the forest

• Meet the Nature Days teachers

• Enjoy nature crafts and science explorations

• Join us for Story Time at the Story Tree at 11:30 AM

This event is FREE, no resitration required.

Families explored, built, enjoyed AdventureWoods at our Discovery Day public opening on September 24, 2017.