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“Perfect outing for families with ANY age children”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“Perfect outing for families with ANY age children”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

Everything good you've read about the arboretum is true. A wonderful children's area where exploring, climbing and splashing are encouraged.
If you're up for some cardio, a hike around the outer loops of the East side are roughly 6 miles (but shortcuts are an option) and 25 stories of beautiful nature. The West side Daffodil Glade is currently in full bloom so get there quick if you can. The West side outer loop is roughly 3 miles of trails.
The Visitors Center has a great restaurant. Flavorful food with more than your run-of-the-mill burgers and fried foods.

Visited April 2014
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Lisle, Illinois
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“The Morton Arboretum in Lisle is my favorite outdoor place to visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

When you go to The Morton Arboretum, there are things to do all the time, and in all Seasons. The Arboretum is an outdoor tree museum. With Spring finally arriving, there will be bird walks to take, the Daffodil Glade will be blooming very soon---thousands and thousands of daffodils to see! Check the website at mortonarb.org for the growing calendar, which will tell you what is blooming at that time. Also check out the classes available for adults, children and Families! There are certain hours you can ride your bike in the Arboretum, or rent one there. Walking the paths throughout the Arboretum is very peaceful, and a fabulous opportunity, if you are very quiet, to spot birds and other wildlife that live there. The Gingko Restaurant is a great spot to have lunch, while looking across the lake to watch trees just beginning to bloom. The Children's Garden is fun to walk through, no matter what your age. From the ponds to the tree house bridges, or the hands on craft projects--check schedule for times--it is an interesting and fun experience! experience!

Visited March 2014
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Lisle, Illinois
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“Morton Arboretum worth the visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

Morton Arboretum certainly is the Crown Jewel of Lisle--and has been for decades. It has evolved into a world-class collection of trees, plants and nature. The children's garden is worth the trip alone--even for adults. Wonderful walking trails and for biking. Summers offer special events that make it worth being a member. (The concerts held last year were BETTER and more efficient than the overcrowded, overpriced northshore Ravinia.)

Visited December 2013
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Lisle, Illinois
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“Good place for families”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

if you are looking for something to do outdoors, this is the place! Kid friendly, tons of plants and flowers, and miles of greenery. If you have a chance to go at Christmas, they have an event called Illumination, and all the trees are decorated with tons of lights, and it is really something to see!

Visited December 2013
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“Breathtaking views and great photo ops!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Pricey-but if you so the membership, it can save you money. They have a Scarecrow Trail in Sept/Oct-various Scout Troops make cool "people" out of Scarecrows. The Christmas Light show is supposed to be amazing-lights that respond to your voice and/or touch. The cafeteria is nice, they even serve alcohol. Not too pricey.

Visited September 2013
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