Just a couple minutes past Interstate 88 is the entrance to this paradise. That is, if you love trees, gardens, walking trails, lakes, abundant birds and wildlife and a bit of history. A total of about 16 miles of trails, with 9 miles paved for biking and the remainder woodland trails, hikers and bikers can enjoy getting great exercise in exquisite surroundings.
As beautiful and serene as this Arboretum is, what I found most unique and appealing was their emphasis on education and information. Without even knowing you are learning, you are learning. ha!
A perfect place to bring the kids for a fun field trip. Plenty of space to run or ride and there is a Children's Garden with a playground. Another area for kids is a collection of "tree houses" which are actually not in trees but among the trees. A "dog house", a "ship" and 3 others that will enchant the youngsters and makes a great stop off point on a hike or bike ride.
At the Visitor Center, there is a large and easy to access restaurant with hot food, salads, sandwiches and many healthy choices. Just outside the restaurant is a cafe counter if you wish to pick up wrapped sandwiches, cookies, snacks and drinks for a picnic at one of the picnic areas near the Center.
Finally, do not miss the gift shop. More than just trinkets and tee shirts, this shop has many unique and very high quality items to choose from. I am actually going to be selecting several Christmas gifts from the shop as well as some things for myself and my home.
If you live near enough to visit often, for sure get a membership. Your daily admission price on first visit counts toward price of admission. It is quite a deal, in my opinion. We live 30 minutes away and for $56 total, we both have a membership which offers free admission for a year, free bicycle rentals, discounts in gift shop and many other perks. As we will be going there probably at least once a month, this really stretches our leisure dollars that we have to spend.
I highly recommend a visit. Whether you are a family with children, a middle-aged couple, a young couple looking for some outdoor fun senior citizens, you won't be disappointed.
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