National Parks / Natural World

Morton Arboretum Lisle

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Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle
IL
60532
Tel: 630 968 0074

Where are we going today?

Morton Arboretum is an open air facility offering huge live plant exhibits from around the world, ideal for family exploration as it offers pushchairs friendly paths throughout.

There are 6 tree-house structures in which one may find storytellers, plus the Children's Garden is a lush little wonderland filled with secret streams, colossal acorns, and giant tree roots to interact with.

Their 16 miles of manicured trails and nine miles of paved roads offer, seasonally, hiking and biking or skiing and snowshoeing.

If lucky one may also catch the Acorn Express open air tram.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$9
  • Free Under: 12 months.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

The Arboretum is open 365 days a year! The grounds open at 7am year round and close at sunset.

Teachers corner

Group tours, field trips and events welcomed..

I'm Hungry!

The Ginkgo Restaurant and Cafe welcomes families..

Need a little extra help?

Paved paths largely available throughout, plus a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at the Visitor Center..

Can I get one of those?

Vast range at the Arboretum Store..

What people are saying?

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    One of my favorite places in northern Illinois! Beyond beautiful. I spend the entire day here running around getting exercise among the trees and plants. Take the kids into the children's garden for climbing and learning. They have awesome kids programs. Lots of fun for them. Bring a picnic or go in for a meal at the cafeteria. Great salads and all the "normal" food too. Love that they don't use any plastic water bottles! Bring a reusable bottle and fill up with water at the stations by restrooms.
    The adult wine evenings are always a great escape...Read More

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    Visited this place yesterday with friends. Very beautiful scenic place..actually we wanted to see fall colours but didn't want to go to wisconsin for it.. here we got to see beautiful fall colours...very huge park..come in the morning when it opens as it;s huge area, and needs more time to explore..we came here at 4 pm as we were exploring some other places , but still we got 2 hrs as it closes by 6. and we made most of it and covered as many things as we could..took long walk ,saw beautiful colours, took photographs, visited morton arboretum store...Read More

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    Went there w/ my husband & parents for the first time. Even though the day was cold, everyone was in good spirits! Cindy, the Acorn Express conductor has a great sense of humor and was wonderfully educational on our tour. The park is gorgeous. Looking at becoming a member to be able to come back all the time!

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    Wonderful place to walk trails through groves of global sourced trees. As well as bring your bike early in the morning to cycle some good hills on some very nice circuit roads. Great place to exercise in multi-million dollar landscaped setting. Fun stuff for families with small children as well.

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    An absolutely beautiful place. Easy access form the expressway.

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by Sarah Spain

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One of my favorite places in northern Illinois! Beyond beautiful. I spend the entire day here running around getting exercise among the trees and plants. Take the kids into the children's garden for climbing and learning. They have awesome kids programs. Lots of fun for them. Bring a picnic or go in for a meal at the cafeteria. Great salads and all the "normal" food too. Love that they don't use any plastic water bottles! Bring a reusable bottle and fill up with water at the stations by restrooms.
The adult wine evenings are always a great escape in the summer.
Anytime someone from out of town comes to visit this is where I take them.

by coolhot20081

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Visited this place yesterday with friends. Very beautiful scenic place..actually we wanted to see fall colours but didn't want to go to wisconsin for it.. here we got to see beautiful fall colours...very huge park..come in the morning when it opens as it;s huge area, and needs more time to explore..we came here at 4 pm as we were exploring some other places , but still we got 2 hrs as it closes by 6. and we made most of it and covered as many things as we could..took long walk ,saw beautiful colours, took photographs, visited morton arboretum store too..it has also nice collection of things but it's costly..entrance fees of park is 12 $ per person which I think it's little expensive..it should be 5 $. but they have maintained the property very well..if you are in downtown chicago and looking for nearby place to see fall colours, this option is really good

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