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Morton Arboretum, Lisle

Must see · Garden · Park
Hop on a or guided tram tour through the woodlands, wetlands, and prairie of Morton Arboretum. Find your way out of the maze garden, cross tree bridges, and hike, bike, or walk one of the trails. Explore the children’s garden and the village of tree houses, while you admire the plants, flowers, and trees in the arboretum. Peruse the nature-inspired artisan-designed items in the gift shop, wander around the exhibit in the visitor center, and enjoy a meal in the arboretum restaurant. Buy your tour tickets in advance since they often sell out. All the buildings and paved garden paths and trails are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs, parking is free and close to the entrance, and there are water fountains and restrooms scattered throughout the arboretum. Use our Lisle driving holiday planning website to arrange your visit to Morton Arboretum and other attractions in Lisle.
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  • The "Illumination :Tree Lights: is a carefree relaxing family car trip with dazzling light effects for about thirty minutes.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • I was extremely disappointed in this light show. There was minimal effort and it consisted mostly of driving through the dark. I had high hopes and was extremely disappointed. Do not waste your money....  more »
  • Beautiful flowers. I have written down the names of several so I can put them in my garden. The activities around the lake where really fun to see and possibly purchase too. Thank you for an economical place to go and spend a wonderful day with family and friends. The cafeteria was great also. All the employees were very warm and welcoming.
  • This place is truly magical. The air feels cleaner when you enter the grounds and your mind feels clearer. The arboretum has a lot to offer. For those with kids, there's a hands on children's garden; which involves mazes, climbing and water all just right for little people. For those that want to enjoy nature there are the well manicured paths surrounding the visitor center as well as, natural hiking trails surrounding the entire arboretum. The visitor center can be very busy and crowded during the day, especially hot days, however once you start on a hiking trail, it's just you and the vegetation. The arboretum has a nice cafe, that has air conditioning for those super hot days that overlooks a beautiful pond. There is also outdoor seating as well. The prices for the cafe are kind of high for the quality of food, but hey your paying for convenience;). There is a Tram tour ( separate fee)that takes you through parts of the arboretum with an experienced guide to explain the history of the trees and different areas. History of trees may not appeal to some, but this was a great relaxing and informative experience. I have only been in summer, but I cant wait to experience the seasonal changes for fall, winter and spring. Highly recommend spending an afternoon or two here!
  • My family loves this place. Both my brothers family and my sisters family always get memberships every year. I was just there a few weeks ago for my nephews birthday and it's a great place to bring kids. Especially active kids. They have a really big children's garden which has a lot of different jungle gym things to climb on. Tree houses and more. There is a corn maze. Bike paths and rentals. And right now there's a troll hunt! Giant trolls are all around the place to find and enjoy!
  • I went for the trees and nature, came back for the running trails. Also, there are a ton of concerts, events, and educational classes here. Beautiful setting. Good food in the Cafe for reasonable prices. I'd recommend getting a membership if you live close by, because otherwise the entrance fees can add up and get steep.
  • Beautiful trees and flowers every where! My children loved searching for the huge wooden trolls. I was very impressed by the LEGO sculptures! We would have liked to spend more time there but we had already made plans; I think at least four hours would have been ideal.

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