The Visitor Center is your gateway to the Arboretum. Visitor Services staff are happy to answer any questions you have about your visit. Tickets for tram tours and many special events can be purchased here. More detailed calendars, brochures, and informational handouts are also available. For specific questions, please call Visitor Services at 630-968-0074.
The Arboretum Grounds
Our grounds are kept beautiful and healthy for research, enjoyment, and learning. For the safety of our plant collections and our visitors,
Please leave pets, alcohol, glass containers, and grills at home.
Pets aren't allowed in vehicles or on the grounds.
The Morton Arboretum is a smoke-free environment.
No smoking is allowed indoors or outdoors within the Arboretum.
The Arboretum has acquired trees and other plants from around the world for study, display, research, and propagation. Unlike indoor museums, our collections are out in the open. It is important that our members and visitors respect our living specimens.
Restrooms can be found in the Visitor Center (East and West Pavilions), Children's Garden, Thornhill Education Center (limited hours), Administration & Research Center (limited hours), Big Rock Visitor Station (portable facility), Prairie Visitor Station (portable facility), and the Thornhill Shelter. The restrooms in the Visitor Center include family stations. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Water fountains are available in the Visitor Center (East and West Pavilions), Thornhill Education Center (limited hours), Administration & Research Center (limited hours), and the Thornhill Shelter. Make sure you have an adequate water supply before starting your hike.
All buildings and paved garden paths and trails are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.
Paved garden paths are found in the Ground Cover Garden, Fragrance Garden, Herb Garden, Four Seasons Garden, and Children's Garden.
Paved trails are Meadow Lake Trail, Conifer Walk, Joy Path, Big Rock Visitor Station, and the Prairie Visitor Station.
A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at the Visitor Center. (Strollers are $3)
Acorn Express, our open-air tram, is an accessible vehicle. Daily, April-November call 630-968-0074 for details.
Bike nine miles of paved roads that wind through our magnificent tree collections. Hop on your bicycle, and explore our expansive grounds in a new and adventurous way all year-round. Daily, 7a.m.-sunset
In winter, the Arboretum offers cross-country skiing or snowshoeing across our 1,700 acre winter wonderland—when there is four or more inches of snow on the ground.
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