The Morton Arboretum
The mission of The Morton Arboretum is to collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment.
Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.
Perfect place to go for a long walk. The west side has a lot of water and is more hilly. The east side is flat out spectacular during autumn. Try the soft toffee made with Arboretum honey in the gift shop. It's unbelievable. The children's garden is outstanding and full of activities and playgrounds. I have a 2 person yearly membership for $90 and any two of us can use it. It's well worth it.
Great place to bring the kids and also for the kid at heart. The children area is really nice and overall the entire park is well maintained. The restaurant offers good quality food and healthy options, although a bit pricey. Highly recommend for the entire family. There's a train shuttle available, note the park is huge, great for biking and walking around.
I have been visiting the Morton arboretum for over 12 years. I used to take the children I nannied for their for classes and outside play time. I now have my own in home childcare and I have a pass to take these children. I believe it offers a lot of fun activities for children to explore nature. The children enjoy the water areas and the yearly exhibits such as the scarecrows in the fall and the Christmas lights in the winter. The restaurant offers great food, although little pricey, and I enjoy that they have a coffee shop here. Only thing I think they could improve on is that year after year nothing changes much. So once the children have gone to he children's garden many times they would love to have some different things to do from year to year. Other than that I recommend the arboretum to enjoy exploring nature by yourself or with a group of children.
The Morton Arboretum is a great place to explore. I've gone four times so far and have seen something new each time. Wear comfortable clothes and good walking shoes. Some of the trails are very casual, while some are more of a hike. Christmas time can be especially nice, as they have an evening admission with lights throughout the grounds. I highly recommend the Morton Arboretum as a nice place to spend outdoors and to learn and see something new!
A gorgeous, huge environment to explore - but be prepared! At 1700 acres, this place was far larger than I ever expected, so I wasn't able to see nearly all of it. Well worth it if you've got a day to spend outdoors. Will be back better prepared.