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Opt for a different kind of summer vacation — one without crowded beaches or the nauseating scent of too much chlorine. Picture yourself right at home in the Brandywine Valley, where a new passport program reduces admission prices at local attractions.

Relax in the beautiful Conservatory in Longwood Gardens.

Take time to do those things we always meant to do: View proud remnants of historical legends like the DuPont and Wyeth families, absorb the breathtaking beauty of a variety of public gardens, and indulge in the artistic and cultural flavor of local museums, restaurants, and boutiques.

To offer¬† unique outings the whole family can enjoy, Brandywine Museums and the Garden Alliance partnered to create the Treasure Trail Passport program that runs from May 31-September 6. A family of two parents and up to three children can all visit the finest institutions of the Brandywine Valley area for just $75! Less than $100 gets you and your family free admission into days” worth of amazing museums, historical houses, gardens and libraries. Going on a trip for two or four friends only? The Treasure Trail Passport program offers individual passports with the same opportunities for just $35.

The passport you receive in this program is a single-rate admission ticket that grants you access to local hotspots such as the Brandywine River Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, the Delaware Museum of Natural History, the Delaware Historical Society & Read House, Longwood Gardens, Rockwood Museum, and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. Throughout the journey to these historical and cultural landmarks, patronize the many waterfront restaurants along the Christina River in Wilmington. From the high-end Harry’s Seafood Grille to the more affordable Joe’s Crab Shack, visitors will never starve.

The Treasure Trail Passport program’s flexibility allows you to plan your excursions around personal interest and convenience. Looking for local art? Head to the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts where more than 25 recognized artists have studios and regularly show their work. Hunting for horticulture? Visit more than 1000 acres of plant life at Longwood Gardens or the 60-acre naturalistic garden at Winterthur Museum & Estate. Want to find family fun? Kids” mouths drop with fascination when they view exhibits such as the Dinosaur Gallery, Hall of Birds, Hall of Mammals and Animal Adaptations at the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

The Treasure Trail Passport is available at all 10 Alliance sites, the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana, the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau (GWCVB), the Brandywine Conference & Visitors Bureau and the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau. You can also purchase a passport online at http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/brandywine-passport/

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