VISIT & explore

Active & Recreational

Row of bikes to rent
Explore nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Friday, April 28, 2017. Saturdays and Sundays, April 29 - May 28, 2017. Daily, May 29 - September 4, 2017. Monday, October 9, 2017. Saturdays and Sundays, September 9 - October 29, 2017. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (last rental is at 3 PM; bikes need to be returned by 5 PM).
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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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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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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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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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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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A biker with a child
Enjoy bicycling in an "auto-free zone" on summer Friday nights, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. May 7 through August 20, 2017
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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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Walking through the forest
Discover Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and mindful walk guided by a certified forest therapy guide. Select Wednesdays, June 14 through July 26, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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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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A play taking place outdoors
Experience the theater on nature's stage as plays based on literary tales are presented during hikes through the scenic landscape of The Morton Arboretum. Select Weekends, July, August, September, and October, 2017
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A family exploring nature on bikes
Cyclists and foodies, enjoy vehicle-free roads, live music, and a food truck social. July 15, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to sunset. at The Morton 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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Illumination, Treemagination. Colors splashed across the hemlock trees.
See trees in a different light. Our interactive experience filled with dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and voice, and vivid, electric colors throughout. Open Friday, November 17, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018​. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day along with the following Mondays, November 20 & 27 and December 4, 11, & 18.)
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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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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. Save the date for next year, Sunday, April 22, 2018.
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