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“Too Expensive, Even For Druids”
Review of Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Lisle
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Owner description: Only 25 miles west of Chicago, there's something for everyone in all four seasons at The Morton Arboretum. Whether you seek a quiet hike in the woods or an active family day out, The Morton Arboretum offers a wide variety of fun activities, events, tours, and classes for all ages and interests. Here you'll find an oasis of 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of paved roads, perfect for hiking, running, biking or just exploring. From a guided tour on an open-air tram to the award-winning Children's Garden and Maze Garden, to seasonal exhibits and lunch in The Ginkgo Restaurant overlooking Meadow Lake, the Arboretum is a unique place to explore, discover, escape, and connect with trees and nature.
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“Too Expensive, Even For Druids”
Reviewed 2 January 2013

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.

Visited December 2012
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Wheaton, IL
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189 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great year round outdoor getaway.”
Reviewed 28 December 2012

You can go year round to the Morton Arboretum. You can snowshoe in the winter or picnic in the summer. A great place to get away from it all and just get in touch with nature right in the middle of the western suburbs.

Visited January 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2012

Everything about the Morton Arboretum is wonderful. I have been going there since I was a little kid. Mostly I cycle their 9 miles of bike path...doesn't sound like much but they've got some steep hills...hard to climb, fun to go down. The gift shop is amazing with lots of "natural" types of gifts, for example, bird houses, books, etc. The Gingko is their restaurant, mostly high-end cafeteria food. Summer concerts and walking plays are excellent--in fact, if you've never gone on a walking play (e.g., Tom Sawyer), it's a MUST DO. Finally, the walking paths are delightful, full of flora and fauna. You can even get a glimps of Joy Morton's house. In the winter you can bring your xcountry skiis or snowshoes or rent either and ski their paths. I highly recommend a visit to the Morton Arboretum. Oh,

Visited June 2012
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Des Plaines, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Land of the trees”
Reviewed 25 December 2012

I've only been there twice in my life. The location is far and away for us. One must really have a knowledge of trees to have a true adventure here. It's on both sides of the entrance road. The east appears older.

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Chicago, Illinois
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“Dine, walk, explore, and play”
Reviewed 22 December 2012

I've had a membership to the Morton Arboretum for years. As my children get older we still find things to do here as a family. I especially like coming in the winter when it's not as crowded. In autumn it's a great place to pile leaves and climb trees. Try driving around the Arboretum and stopping at a different lot.

Visited December 2012
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