VISIT & explore

Active & Recreational

Children playing in the snow.
Celebrate the last days of winter with games, art and play.This self-guided hands-on discovery activity is available Saturday and Sunday, March 25 through 26, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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Children creatively playing at the Nature's Kitchen
Enjoy creative, unstructured outdoor play at our new Nature's Kitchen near Parking Lot 20.
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A gnome in a flower pot
Create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own! Weekends November 2016 through March 2017. Times vary between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
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The contains of the Family Explorer Backpack available for rental.
Looking for a unique experience in the Children’s Garden At The Morton Arboretum? Rent a self-guided family backpack and enhance your visit. Available daily, April through October, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Participants running in our annual The Champion of Trees 10K Run
Tap into the championship spirit as you run through a springtime morning surrounded by trees from around the world on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
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The Acorn Express open-air Tram
Beginning April 24, 2017 hop on the Acorn Express tram for a tour of our 1,700 acres of blooming beauty (weather permitting) narrated by one of our expert guides. Call 630-968-0074 for times and pricing.
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Photo of children dressed like a tree
On April 28, 2017 celebrate trees by dressing like one. On Arbor Day get free admission to The Morton Arboretum when you dress like a tree. One free general admission per costumed individual. Arbor Day only, April 28, 2017.
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A pine cone, an acorn, and some tree cookies.
Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden all weekend long! Friday, April 28 through Sunday April 30, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Weather permitting.
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A biker with a child
Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on summer Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. This program has concluded for 2016. Bicyclists are welcome year-round to share roads with vehicles.
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A child scooping her hands in the water catching tadpoles
Prince or frog—can you guess what our tadpoles turn into? Look at pictures, get fun facts, and make a toad-ally cool tadpole to take home. Weekends in May, 2017. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Visitors and their dogs walking on a paved trail.
Join us for Tails on the Trails on May 6 and September 9, 2017, a "paw"fect day out with your pup as you meander down The Morton Arboretum's 16 miles of hiking trails. Dogs are only allowed on special days like these!
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Visitors sampling craft beer
Save the date for the 2017 Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Come sample local favorites and explore new beers from 40 breweries, surrounded by summer's beauty at the Arboretum.
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Runners participating in the Fall Color 5k Run & Walk
Race in our 13th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk, Sunday, October 1, 2017.
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Scarecrows that look like the Peanuts Cartoon charaters
Admire creations from local scout troops and vote for your favorite scarecrow. Daily in October, 2017. 7:00 a.m-sunset
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A dog at Dog Admission Day
Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend on the following Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
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Veteran's get in free on Veteran's Day
All veterans free today, November 11!
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Photo of child with a Siberian husky
Save the date, January 27 and 28, 2018. See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations at The Morton Arboretum,
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