I love trees. If I were in the market for a new religion, I would seriously consider becoming a Druid and worship trees. But for the $12 admission fee ($8 on Wednesdays), even I have second thoughts about visiting the Arboretum.
Don't get me wrong, there is a lot to love here. The one-way drive around the Arboretum is lovely, and there are lots of pull offs so that you can let other cars pass, and then inch along in complete peace. You don't even have to get out of the car or walk all that far if you choose. The pathways are beautiful and well-maintained, covered with wood chips, so your shoes won't get muddy. There are lots of benches if you want a break. Fall is gorgeous here, as is springtime with all the flowering bushes and trees. The daffodil glade in the spring is spectacular. If you have a young child or pre-schooler, they will be in heaven when they see the children's garden, and kids could spend a lot of time here without getting bored. The maze is worth a look. A walk through the spruce plot to see the tall and majestic tress is a favorite.
We have been here many times over the years, but it has become just too pricy. Luckily, admission is free on Christmas, so we have visited two out of the last three years; otherwise it would have cost our family of five a whopping $60! If you are a nature lover and are in the western suburbs and don't care about cost, the Arboretum is worth a visit. If you just want to go for a walk in the woods, go to one of the local forest preserves for the same experience without spending any money.
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