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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Prevention

The Arboretum grounds are open at this time for members and visitors to enjoy. In alignment with the state's recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all Arboretum buildings and the Children's Garden and Maze Garden are closed through Tuesday, April 7. Please note the following adjustments in operations to help you plan your visit accordingly:

  • Adjusted hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (last entry at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Regular Arboretum admission rates apply. For staff safety, only credit cards and member cards will be accepted.
  • All indoor restrooms are closed. Please plan your visit accordingly. Portable restrooms for urgent needs only: Bus lot (Visitor Center parking area), Big Rock Visitor Station (Parking lot 13 - East Side), Prairie Visitor Station (Parking lot 25 - West Side)
  • Please leave dogs and other pets at home, except for on specially designated days. If you arrive with a dog, you will not be allowed to enter, and will be asked to leave if seen on the site (refunds will not be available).

In order for the Arboretum to remain open, visitors must practice social distancing recommendations for their own safety and the safety of others.

  • Remain six (6) feet from others
  • Pass in single file at the sides of trails and roads
  • Do not gather in groups around the Troll Hunt sculptures or other areas

Check this Arboretum webpage for ongoing updates and more visiting tips.

Plan a Visit

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 Restaurant 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

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. Because we are an outdoor destination, we do occasionally close due to extreme weather. Learn how you can pre-purchase general admission tickets. LEARN MORE

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

Maps and directions

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

Ginkgo Restaurant & Café

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

Visiting tips

The Morton Arboretum is a living museum, kept beautiful and healthy for research, enjoyment, and learning. Read information on how to prepare for a visit and on what is allowed to bring on the grounds. We ask all visitors to help the Arboretum continue nurturing the exhibits, grounds, trees, and plants in our care. LEARN MORE

Accessibility

The Morton Arboretum welcomes visitors of all abilities and we strive to create a safe, enjoyable, and engaging experience for all visitors. This page provides detailed information for navigating the Arboretum and includes information for visitors with accessibility concerns. LEARN MORE

Group admission

Whether you have 60 minutes or all day, The Morton Arboretum is a special destination for your group outing. Get to know us—on foot or on your bus. Learn more

Museums for All

The Morton Arboretum is proud to participate in the Museums for All program. Any visitor with a state-issued EBT card (also known as a LINK card) is eligible for a special admission rate of $1. LeaRn more

Bloom 'n Color

Each spring and fall, Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records, reports on what’s blooming or in color throughout the season. learn more

Biking

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

Hiking

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

Running

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

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2018 Illinois' 200 Great Places List

The Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Illinois) named The Morton Arboretum amongIllinois’ 200 Great Places in 2018, in honor of the state’s Bicentennial.