AAA Editor Notes
Heritage Museums & Gardens is at 67 Grove St. The complex comprises 100 acres of landscaped grounds and several buildings with exhibits pertaining to American art and history. More than 140 varieties of rhododendrons hybridized by the estate's onetime owner Charles O. Dexter, who developed between 5,000 and 10,000 seedlings annually between 1921 and 1943, grace the site.
The best time to view the flowering trees is from early April through Memorial Day. Gardens, nature trails, and a labyrinth made out of native vines also are on the grounds, as is a 19th-century mill formerly used to grind barley and corn. There's also 2-acre Hidden Hollow, an outdoor “nature classroom” offering activities geared toward kids. Special events, workshops, lectures and interpretive programs are offered periodically. Open from April through October 2016, the special exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema features more than 40 original movie costumes from Hollywood period films.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.