Morton Arboretum
Morton Arboretum
4.5
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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 seasonal exhibits and lunch in The Ginkgo Restaurant overlooking Meadow Lake, the Arboretum is a unique place to explore, discover, escape, and connect with trees and nature.
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,421 contributions
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    Best place to learn, discover and enjoy nature
    The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, is the best place I know to learn, discover and enjoy nature, whether you negotiate the 1,700 acres by driving, hiking, biking or picnicking. Located at 4100 Lincoln Avenue on Route 53 in Chicago's western suburb, this public garden, outdoor museum and Children's garden contains 4,100 types of trees, on e of the largest restored tallgrass prairies in the Chicago area and more than 200,000 living plants. Founded in 1922 by Joy Morton, founder of Morton Salt, the grounds are open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Start at the 36,000-square-foot Visitor Center, which includes wood representing the Arboretum's collections. The Arboretum's stated mission is to collect and study trees, shrubs and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance the environment. Did you know that the oldest tree in the Chicago area is located at the Morton Arboretum, the Millennium Landmark Tree, a white oak that is said to be more than 330 years old? And don't miss the Arboretum's most recent exhibit, the latest of five large-scale sculpture exhibitions, Of The Earth. Unveiled last May, located a short walk from the parking lot, it features five exclusive new works by Polish American artist Olga Ziemska.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • MomRocco
    Chicago, Illinois538 contributions
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    Something for Everyone
    Why Haven't I Ever Been Here? I always thought it was "just trees" and had no idea about the miles of hiking trails, benches to sit upon while birding, ease of parking, and lovely visitors center. Buying tickets online was very easy and I really liked that you could drive and park in lots scattered throughout and then hike in more secluded areas. The trails are well maintained (I especially liked the trails covered in wood chips as they were easy on my knees) although we did find ourselves on trails that did not appear on our paper maps. We didn't eat on-site, but the options looked appealing. We will definitely come back and recommend this lovely facility.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,421 contributions
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    A grain of salt and 4,100 types of trees
    I know a palm tree when I see one. But would you recognize a European buckhorn or a green ash or a black cherry or a boxelder or an American elm? Those are the most popular trees in Chicago -- and all of them are on display at Morton Arboretum in west suburban Lisle. The first time I visited Morton Arboretum I was a sophomore in high school in 1956. As a biology class assignment, I had to gather leaves from different species of trees. A classmate and I thought the easiest way to score an A was to gather the leaves at Morton Arboretum. Ever since, I have made annual visits to communicate with nature and navigate the 16 miles of hiking trails that meander through one of the largest restored prairies in the Chicago area. Located at 4100 Lincoln Avenue in Lisle, Morton Arboretum is a public garden and outdoor museum with a library, herbarium and program in tree research. The grounds cover 1,700 acres and include cataloged collections of trees and shrubs. The living collections include more than 4,100 different plant species and more than 200,000 cataloged plants. Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, Morton Arboretum is a public garden and outdoor museum with a restaurant, library, herbarium and program in tree research. It was founded in 1922 by Joy Morton, founder of Morton Salt. There are so many things to see but perhaps the most interesting of all is the oldest tree on the grounds, the Millennium Landmark Tree, a white oak that is more than 330 years old.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2024
  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, Georgia903 contributions
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    Amazing gem
    This is a very large botanical garden with many miles of trails and paths to explore, along with a great children's garden and a really fun hedge maze. We also had a delicious, healthy and reasonably priced lunch at their Cafe. Highly recommended!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2024
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T M
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Dec 2021 • Couples
I'm looking at the reviews and wondering what show they went to. Maybe all the employees were required to write a review. What a disappointment. I went to Morton arboretum a few years ago and it was alright but this year was a joke. The music made no sense. Nothing wintery or christmas themed. The displays started with a weak light scroll showing sponsors. Mostly lighted sticks and disco globes. Felt like a display from the 60s. For roughly the same price as lightscape at BOTANICAL gardens this was a kindergarten show. Save yourself $50 and go for a walk at water fall glenn.
Written January 1, 2022
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Cfdmv
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Jun 2021 • Couples
We traveled to Lisle specifically to see the Human Nature exhibit. There are 5 works scattered throughout the arboretum. The trails are well marked and walkable. However groups of day campers were having snack time in front of 2 of the pieces. Those that were not eating where climbing on the art. The poor choices of the counselors ruined what should have been a very enjoyable morning. Based on that experience I would be hard pressed to spend $16.00 to visit Morton again.
Written June 7, 2021
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TooMuch2Do
Laguna Niguel, CA467 contributions
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Sep 2022
A friend mentioned that she had worked at Morton Arboretum as a photographer. Since it was only 15 minutes from our Naperville hotel, we made it our first stop of the day. That morning I bought timed-entry tickets online when I knew what time we’d arrive. At the visitor’s center, I got a refund since we got free entry based on a reciprocal agreement with a garden I belong to back home. We started at the newly opened Grand Garden, then through the maze, then back to the car to drive around to the Human + Nature art sculpture throughout the garden. The meadows glowed with goldenrod and purple and white asters. It took more than an hour to drive around the one side of the garden so we chose to skip the other side since our next stop was the Chicago Botanic Garden. Well worth a stop if you are in the area.
Written October 7, 2022
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Melissa R
Ann Arbor, MI530 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Family
We came in from Michigan just to see the trolls. They are so fun! It is not something I would recommend with a stroller or to someone who isn’t up for a good deal of walking. You can see a few from your car but you really do need to hike to get up close. Be mindful of the temperature. We went when it was over 90 and it was really hard on my children.
Written July 2, 2020
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Illinois_John
Dunedin, FL729 contributions
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Dec 2021
Went for the Holiday light show, and it was excellent. It was by far the best of the three holiday light shows we visited. The displays were well designed, and the music was coordinated with the light displays. The imagination display was captivating. It made the trees appear to be breathing.
Written December 31, 2021
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jksj81
Lisle, IL21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Morton Arboretum show cases nature and its beauty and ways to appreciate it. There are so many activites here that you will find yourself needing to come back here and explore other areas. The childrens garden is a favorite because of the many areas to explore, from the tree slides to the stream of water they can play in. Go check out paths you can hike on or maybe you would like to bike. A huge calander of events is loaded with things to do from Adults-lilttle ones, something for everyone! This is just a small snapshot of things to do. I say pack a picnic or plan to eat there and head out early because you will get lost in time while there and youll want to try and do as much as you can. Beautiful all year round!!
Make sure to bring a change of clothes, sunscreen,water, and a camera for pics!
Written January 6, 2020
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WorldwideRover007
United States2,816 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Went for the Lights Festival in December.
People said it was amazing and wonderful so I was really expecting it to be stunning. This was an incredibly disappointing experience. The festival is a walk on the path around the grounds. You walk through different displays that involve lights and light up balls. There are no actual displays.
One display was a long wall and you walk by it and play with your shadow. Other areas have tree stumps where you press the button and a light just shines down on you. There was also an area called Hug a Tree and four trees had padding and you simply hug them. There was an archway of lights you walk through and a small light show tuned to orchestra music. The hot chocolate stations were simply white tents with some chairs and very little Christmas decorations. I was bored within the first ten minutes and the whole walk was finished in under 30 minutes.

I expected more decorations, more unique interactive displays and physical displays. The light displays were also miminal so it left me feeling underwhelmed. I wouldnt do it again
Written February 20, 2023
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Leonila Casarez
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
People are very friendly. We felt very welcome. We went back on 2916 and we loved it, that's the reason we went back this time. It was an amazing experience in our first visit, as much as the second once was. Don't go before sunset because you can't see anything until its dark.
Written February 3, 2020
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JustMe542023
Whittier, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
With over 9 miles of roads that wander through various groves of trees, there is a wide variety of experiences tomenjoupy. After your drive through the grounds, be sure to park and visit the gift shop, the walk-up food counter or sit and enjoy lunch in their restaurant. Finally, spend some time in the Children’s Garden or walking one of the paths around the lake, the formal gardens or the tree loop. A wonderful day spent out of doors!
Written March 9, 2023
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Chris L
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Went to the Illuminations show tonight and we were sooooo disappointed! The 15 minutes show was bumper to bumper cars so you could not slow down and listen to the music along with the lights. Felt very rushed. None of the displays looked anything like what is posted on the website. Do not waste your money!
Written January 3, 2021
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