The gardens are wonderful. The staff obviously maintains them well. The house tour I would advise skipping if you have young children. However, my favorite time to visit the gardens is at Christmas. This is certainly a do not miss. Make it an annual thing... a new tradition. The lights displays are so fun to look at. And you can drive the whole bit. You never have to leave the comfort of your car. It's a bit of a drive so make sure you set aside enough time.