Another day – another adventure.
Oh how I wish this was every day but this is real life and that just isn’t realistic for most of us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make the best out of the free days that we do have. So here is a snapshot of our day at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL.
This was our first time visiting this a 1,700-acre living museum of champions of trees. Our daughter had a school field trip here last year and it has been on our list of places to visit for a few years. Finally we did it. I wish we went on a nice spring, warm summer or even colorful fall day but the first day of March was just fine.
Maybe not as colorful, but fun nevertheless.
What is The Morton Arboretum?
The Morton Arboretum, according to Wikipedia, is is a public garden and an outdoor museum with a library, herbarium, and program in tree research including the Center for Tree Science. It houses a cataloged collections of trees and other living plants, gardens, and restored areas, among which is a restored tallgrass prairie. The living collections include more than 4,100 different plant species. There are more than 200,000 cataloged plants.
What can you do there?
This place is so big that it would take you days to visit it all. It has so many beautiful hiking trails, roadways for driving if you choose to instead of hiking or walking as well as bicycling trails. A 4-acre interactive children’s garden and a 1-acre maze. Endless natural wonders.
Any special events?
Yes. All of the time. Please check their website for the latest happenings – www.mortonarb.org/.
Although they have 33 parking lots, you should always check ahead to make sure they are not sold out for special events.
Is it pricey?
Yes and no. It was $50 for a family of 4 but we spent 4 hours exploring and enjoying the grounds. Because our kids got tired super fast, I felt like it may have been a bit pricey just to walk around. However, I also think that on a nicer day, when all of the exhibits and areas are open and working, we would have had more fun and got our moneys worth. For a similar experience and for a lot less – please consider visiting Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL.
What was your favorite part?
I personally loved the giant Troll hunt and the scenery. The grounds, even while muddy and not ideal, were stunning. The kids got a kick out of the Gnome and the Troll hunt as well. The Children’s area was fun as well but again, not everything was open this particular day.
Would you go back?
I would definitely go back but as stated above, on a nicer day. There is so much more to see and do. I would even consider their annual membership and bring our bikes next time. This place is gorgeous for family photos and picnics as well.
Have you ever been to The Morton Arboretum? What did you think?
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