Morton Arboretum: 1,700 Acres Of Stunning Fall Color

Morton Arboretum

Photo Compliments Of Michael Kappel

Stunning in any season The Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, Illinois is especially spectacular in fall.  The arboretum covers 1,700 acres and is arranged into gardens of various plant types and collections of trees…My last visit was in late summer of this year, and I am now planning my return visit.

The arboretum includes native woodlands and a restored Illinois prairie. The Arboretum has over 4,100 different species of trees, shrubs and other woody plants from around the globe. In all, there are over 186,000 cataloged plants. The Arboretum has 16 miles of hiking trails and nine miles of roadways for driving/bicycling.

The Arboretum features a 4 acre interactive Children’s Garden and a 1-acre “Maze Garden.” Other special landscaped areas include the Fragrance Garden, Ground Cover Garden, and Hedge Garden. The Schulenberg Prairie is one of the largest restored prairies in the Chicago suburban area.

The Arboretum offers an extensive Education Program dedicated to a broader understanding of plants and nature, and ways to improve our world. Classes serve children/family/school groups, encompassing adult programs, certificate and training courses, and a cooperative botany degree program with regional colleges and universities.

General Morton Arboretum Information


4100 Illinois Route 53,
Lisle, IL 60532


The Morton Arboretum is open year-round. The grounds of the Arboretum open at 7:00 a.m. and close at sunset. Check hours for the visitor center, children’s garden, library, café, etc.


April through November

$14 Adults ages 18–64
$12 Seniors ages 65+
$9 Youth ages 2–17

December through March And Every Wednesday

$9 Adults ages 18–64
$8 Seniors ages 65+
$6 Youth ages 2–17
Children 1 and younger are free

Events & Information Page

If tickets are required you can register and purchase them online.

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  1. Love to see these types of places to visit..

  2. What a glorious place! I especially love the hedge maze. 🙂

  3. A beautiful place, indeed! 🙂
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  4. I’m glad to see that the Morton Arboretum has wetlands and woodlands as well as cultivated areas. Maybe someday I’ll get to visit.
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  5. I haven’t been to the Morton Arboretum in years, since moving near the Wisconsin border. I really enjoyed this post. Illinois does fall really well, doesn’t it?

  6. What a fabulous place. I wouldn’t mind living close enough to visit in in every season. The children’s garden looks like fun, and those Husky dogs are gorgeous.
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  7. I did like the fall color in that second video. The huskies were cute and very unexpected.
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  8. Just as I thought! You have your own share of loveliness 🙂
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  9. Lovely post Charlie. I always loved Philadelphia’s Longwood Gardens and this reminded me a bit of it. I do m iss those fall colors down here in the south tho 🙁
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    • I grew up in the Midwest with gorgeous colors in the fall and special family dinners on the holidays so I know what you mean. I love living close to the ocean, but I always have that twinge of homesickness when I see fall photos and photos of the first snow fall.

  10. Hi Charlie, I love exploring public gardens and this one is a beauty. The Botanical Garden here in SF is a great way to spend an afternoon. I also lived near the gorgeous Botanic Garden at Hyde park in Sydney and that was my running route in the morning. Talk about zen!

  11. Wow, one could spend a great deal of time here. Thanks for sharing

  12. ledrakenoir says:

    Seems to be a wonderful place to visit… 🙂

  13. I love visiting places like this. Great suggestion it looks beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  14. You’ve got an extensive website here. Beautifully laid out. Wonderful articles.
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  15. It’s about time I get my butt to this place. It’s about an 1.5 hour trip… ya know, it makes it seem far,far away.
    I will try to schedule a fall trip soon 😀
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  16. It’s no wonder this is such a popular spot. From the features to the aesthetics, it’s a nice one.

  17. The extensive education program is probably well appreciated. This is a great way to keep kids interested in learning about nature.

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