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Should you choose not to spend the entire
day eating (and drinking). Even if you don't have any urgent gardening needs, we'd recommend a stop at the Chelsea Garden Center, mainly because it's one of those nurseries that's just incredibly beautiful to walk through (though, admittedly, the greenhouse may be a bit hot this time of year to stay in for very long). The Kentler International Drawing Space is also a reliably beautiful place to visit, with a constant rotation of excellent work by local artists. The current exhibition, Inside Out, is on display through July 21st.
If there's any one must-see for newcomers to the neighborhood, though, it's the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge, located on the 1914 Lehigh Valley Barge, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibitions cover local history as well as accessible, kid-friendly genres like "nautical painting." And really, there aren't a lot of things that sound more viscerally fun than a "showboat barge."
Chelsea Garden Center, 444 Van Brunt St.
Kentler Gallery, 353 Van Brunt St.
Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover St.