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“Trees and trails: A natural retreat near Chicago”
Review of Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Lisle
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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.
Reviewed June 6, 2012

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.

Thank glenharris
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Reviewed June 4, 2012 via mobile

In the middle of the hustle and bustle and crowded streets of the western suburbs, there is an oasis in lisle. The morton arboretum is natures playground. There I've seen deer, red tailed fox and hawks. I've meandered through wooded areas, that while natural, are well tended and safe.

Don't go expecting to be entertained. The arboretum is about the absence of contrived entertainment. Loose yourself in the woods or the prairie or next to a lake filled with bullfrogs and fish.

Thank JaneBennet
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

A definite peaceful day amongst the trees. The staff is considerate and helpful in answering questions.Love the well marked trails on both the east and west side of the arboretum.

Thank empress5
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Early morning walks along the many paths are wonderful. We even saw a deer. Always a feeling of being safe and that you are in nature. Something is always blooming. Very will kept in its natural state. Membership is helpful to go as often as desired.

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Reviewed June 1, 2012

We visit the arboretum all year round 4 to 5 times a week.
This is a special spot on the earth. Lots of paths, terrific variety, trees and plant varieties to make your heart sing. And a nice luncheon opportunity in the visitors center.

Thank MaryFrances1223
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