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The Main Line Parent Reopening Guide

What’s open, what’s reopening soon, and what are the new coronavirus rules?

Which places are open and closed due to coronavirus safety regulations seems to change every day, so we’re trying to make it a little earlier to keep track and keep you up to date. Be sure to check back as we’ll add newly reopened places as they come. And as always, please follow safe behavior at all events—wear a mask, social distance, and don’t go out if you are feeling sick or are awaiting test results. It’s great that things are reopening, but let’s all work together to keep them that way!

Longwood Gardens

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Open daily, 10 am – 11 pm.


Reservations needed: Yes; member reservations  and timed admission tickets are required.

Masks: Yes; face masks are required for everyone age 2 and older in both indoor and outdoor public spaces, unless individuals are outside and are able to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members in their household.

More information: The majority of our indoor and outdoor gardens and spaces are open, including the Conservatory, outdoor Children’s Corner, and Webb Farmhouse. Spaces that remain closed at this time include the Indoor Children’s Garden, Conservatory Music Room, and Picnic Area. Fountain shows will run regularly throughout the day and night. Outdoor dining is available, or you can order a picnic tote in advance and pick it up at the beer garden. The Terrace Café will feature both outdoor seating and limited indoor seating. The outdoor Beer Garden remains open and features mobile and walk-up ordering. Concessions remain available throughout the Gardens (weather dependent).

Explore more local Gardens and Arboretums with our special reopening guide!


Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia


Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown

Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.


Reservations needed: Timed tickets are required for single day members. Yearly members may enter at any time.

Masks: Yes; all guests over the age of 3 must wear a mask, with the exception of those with conditions in which wearing a mask may be harmful to their health.

More information: To allow for proper social distancing, guests are required to follow new traffic flows throughout the zoo designated by arrows and paw prints. In addition to food service, indoor exhibits are limited and rides (except for the carousel) are closed. Trail of the Jaguar is open, Wildlife Lodge is open Wednesday and Thursday only. Outdoor experiences such as Giraffe Feeding (weather dependent), Bar, Percussion Garden, Thomas Kimmel Playground, Quiet Space, and the Carousel are open. Zachary’s BBQ & Soul, Tosco’s Pizza, and the Garden Cafe (Friday – Sunday) are open. Treetop Adventures is closed, as well but the website indicates a Spring 2021 opening.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

Thursday, Friday, and Monday 11 am – 5 pm. Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.


Reservations needed: Yes; you must purchase tickets online for a specific date and entry time.

Masks: Yes; all guests age 2 and older are required to wear face masks.

More information: LEGOLAND is operating strictly by reservation. During these times, there will be LEGO bricks to be used just for your family, and that will be sanitized before each playtime. As an added safety measure, certain attractions are closed: character meet-and-greet, photo experiences, Master Builder Academy, and the Pirate Adventure Play Center. The movie theater and Mini Land are temporarily adjusted or operating with limited capacity.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Fridays—Sundays, hours vary based on day and show available.


Reservations needed: Yes; to help maintain physical distancing within the park, Sesame Place will require advance online reservations.

Masks: Face coverings are required for guests age 2 and older while in the park except when eating, and while playing in the water park attractions.

More information: Some water rides and attractions are temporarily closed due to physical distancing restrictions. Certain components of shows and other character activities, such as those involving guest and character interactions, are also currently modified or removed. The parade is temporarily suspended as well.


Courtesy of Brandywine Conservancy

Brandywine River Museum

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday), 10 am – 4 pm


Reservations needed: Timed tickets with advance reservations are highly encouraged

Masks: Yes; everyone over age 2 must wear a face mask.

More information: In addition to timed reservations, the museum will enforce social distancing with capacity limits within the museum galleries. While the museum is now reopened, in-person programs and events remain canceled. The Brandywine will continue to offer engaging virtual programs, so be sure to check our weekly events posts to participate!


Pick-Your-Own Fruit and Flowers at Local Farms

A great social distancing summertime activity is picking your own berries, flowers, and other fresh produce at local orchards. Many are open (with enhanced safety regulations, of course), so be sure to check out our guide to plan your outing!



Explore the reopened city in our Philly Family Reopening Guide!


Lead photograph by Mairin Petrone.

Contributing Writer