Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum, Lisle: Hours, Address, Morton Arboretum Reviews: 4.5/5

Morton Arboretum
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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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Rehoboth5
Helena, MT491 contributions
Sep 2021
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs in the 50s, 60s and early 70s, I used to go here often with my parents and brother. On Labor Day weekend 2021, I visited it again for the first time in almost 50 years. It is still a delightful place, although somewhat more built-up and experiencing far more crowds. We had to make a reservation for a timed-entry slot, and there was a backup at the admission booths when we drove in. Once in, we walked trails for a couple of hours. Trails near the visitor center were pretty crowded, but trails farther away very quiet and uncrowded. The vibe was positive and family-friendly. Lots of good visitor facilities. The only disappointment was that individual trees were not generally labeled as to species. We are interested in trees, and it was frustrating not to know what particular trees were. But overall, this place still delivers a pleasant natural experience (one relatively minor downside was almost constant road noise in the background in most areas of the arboretum). (p.s. Right now, the arboretum is having some kind of special event centered around sculptures placed here and there near the visitor center. We found the sculptures uninteresting, but they attracted lots of viewers. So if you want to avoid crowds, stay away from the sculptures!) Oh, and by the way, the admission fee was $16 per person for us.
Written September 11, 2021
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illinois travelere
1,657 contributions
Aug 2021
Photos do not do justice to Daniel Popper's latest and largest art installation. These five structures are breathtaking and must be seen and experienced in person. Popper designs his work to be immersive, interactive, and inspirational.

When you get a map from the Visitor Center, ask the accommodating employee to indicate the locations of the art works and to suggest the best places to park.

If you want to do a bit of advance research, check out Popper's Instagram and Facebook accounts and his website.
Written August 10, 2021
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Illinois_John
Dunedin, FL767 contributions
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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T M
4 contributions
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
70 contributions
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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lauralei99
Chicago, Illinois24 contributions
Dec 2019
Christmas lights abound on the grounds, and the visual feast begins before you even reach the entrance of this outdoor museum. There are lights upon the lake, there are fire pits, and there is music at some of the stations. The path is easy to follow, you can't go off-trail. Volunteers and other staff line are available along the way, as are benches. Markers are posted to inform visitors about various aspects of the stations next to them. There is a warming tent along the way. The Visitors Center is well staffed, and it includes literature, hot beverages, seating, a lovely gift shop, and great Staff to answer any questions.
Written January 7, 2020
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Melissa R
Ann Arbor, MI364 contributions
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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Chris L
2 contributions
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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jksj81
Lisle, IL22 contributions
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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Leonila Casarez
8 contributions
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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