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Morton Arboretum

Address: 4100 Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532
Phone Number: +1 630-719-2400
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Lisle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Only 25 miles west of Chicago, there's something for everyone in all four seasons at The Morton...
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Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Only 25 miles west of Chicago, there's something for everyone in all four seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Whether you seek a quiet hike in the woods or an active family day out, The Morton Arboretum offers a wide variety of fun activities, events, tours, and classes for all ages and interests. Here you'll find an oasis of 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of paved roads, perfect for hiking, running, biking or just exploring. From a guided tour on an open-air tram, to the award-winning Children's Garden and Maze Garden, to outdoor summer concerts, to lunch in The Ginkgo Room restaurant overlooking Meadow Lake, the Arboretum is a unique place to explore, discover, escape, and connect with trees and nature.

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Montgomery, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Very nice walking around in the evening seeing all the lights but I thought it was a little too expensive for what was offered, not sure I would want to take kids there because of the cost. But this being only the 2nd year hopefully it will get better and more hi-tech in the years to come. Liked the campfires... More 

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Chicago suburbs
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35 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Our family of 5 attended their Illumination display and it cost $67. It was a nice event for us to do because it's relatively nearby where we live, but the price was way too high for what was offered. My wife summed up the event best by saying that they are way behind on technology. They lit up various clusters... More 

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North Aurora, Illinois
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19 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Hint: Go on a weekday. We went to day on Wednesday at 5 PM and we were the first ones to walk through it and supper in the Cafe which is also a nice place to eat. The colors and different trees had a unique quality in viewing them vs. coming in the fall. The light show and the music... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

My husband and I had date night here at the Arboretum to experience their Illuminations attraction for the first time. It was very well put together, we loved the choreography of the lights and music. To top it off, the weather was spectacular that night so walking around was not only enjoyable but it was extremely refreshing. The camp fires... More 

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Warrenville, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Thanks to the staff at the Morton Arboretum for the wonderful display starring the forest at night. As you walk the one mile path, you will encounter trees lit up with colorful lights which react to hugging (yes, I mean you can hug a tree and it will change colors) or singing. The displays which are in sync with classical... More 

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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Trees were all illuminated, light displays were fantastic, and walking along the water and through the trees was beautiful.

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Peru
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38 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Came here for the Illuminations event and was quite impressed. It was cold but not unbearable and the walk was about a mile. The trees were beautifully decorated with lights and the music was a nice added touch. There was a full moon the night we were there so that added to it. The crowds were a bit much toward... More 

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Antioch, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We bundled up and experienced this ever so cool event. The pathway winds around the arboretum grounds with trees entertaining with lights, movement and music. We have never seen anything like it and will return next year. We ended our about an hour walk inside with a hot apple cider while viewing the trees again from the heated dining area.... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Morton is a great place to go if you just want to get away for a while, or if you want to get your kid excited about nature. They always have something going on, from educational to great music and great deals (for members) on plants that are a step above big box offerings. Walk, drive or bike your way... More 

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Sycamore, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited the Illuminations light show last night. The event would have been great with about 1000 less people. People were rudely pushing past us on a one way path to the park. Then when we were in the attraction people would STOP right in front of you and act as if they were the only people in the pathway.... More 

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