VISIT & explore

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The Morton Arboretum grounds are open every day.The Morton Arboretum grounds are open every day.
Whether you seek a quiet walk in the woods or an active family exploration, the Arboretum offers a wide variety of activities, events, tours, and classes for people of all ages and interests. Within an oasis of magnificent trees and beautiful landscapes, come explore 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of paved roads.  

From a guided tour on an open-air tram, to the award-winning Children’s Garden and Maze Garden, to lunch in The Ginkgo Room overlooking Meadow Lake, the Arboretum is a unique place to explore, discover, escape, and connect with trees and nature.


Calendar of events

Something is always happening at The Morton Arboretum. Find out about upcoming classes, available activities, and special events in the Arboretum's online calendar of events. LEARN MORE  


Maps and directions

Located in the western suburbs of Chicago, The Morton Arboretum is convenient to visit year-round. LEARN MORE  

Admission and hours

The Arboretum is open 365 days year! The grounds are open from 7:00 to sunset daily. Buildings, exhibits, and facilities have select hours. LEARN MORE

Amenities and accessibility

Amenities at The Morton Arboretum include all buildings, paved garden trails, and restrooms that are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. While the Visitor Center at the Arboretum provides food, shopping, and seating—there are also visitor stations, parking and restrooms elsewhere on the grounds. LEARN MORE  

Arboretum etiquette

The Morton Arboretum is a living museum, kept beautiful and healthy for research, enjoyment, and learning. We ask all visitors to help the Arboretum continue nurturing the exhibits, grounds, trees, and plants in our care. LEARN MORE    

Ginkgo Restaurant & Café

Enjoy a quick bite to eat or a sit down meal at the Ginkgo Restaurant & Cafe. Learn more  

Group tours

Whether you have 60 minutes or all day, The Morton Arboretum is a special destination for your next group outing. 
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Events and programs

The Morton Arboretum offers a variety of events for adults, kids, and families to enjoy. Race under a canopy of trees, enjoy live music and a glass of wine, hone your gardening skills, and much more with one of our many events. learn more



Bike nine miles of paved roads that wind through the magnificent tree collections. Hop on a bicycle, and explore our expansive grounds in a new and adventurous way all year-round, weather permitting. LEARN MORE  


Many visitors prefer to hike throughout The Morton Arboretum because it lets them experience nature up close, in new and intimate ways. The Arboretum maintains trails just for hiking, or walking, or strolling—for the express purpose of allowing people a serene experience among the trees. LEARN MORE  


The sights, sounds, and smells that change with the season, as well as the safe roads and varied terrain, make the Arboretum a runner's paradise year-round. LEARN MORE  

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Embrace the snowy season and trek through the 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland on skis or snowshoes. Visitors are invited to bring their own cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore the grounds from 7 a.m. to sunset when there is 4" or more of snow on the ground. Seasonal rentals are also available at the Visitor Center. LEARN MORE