The Morton Arboretum only has a few free days a year Arbor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. On Thanksgiving and Christmas all the buildings are closed and of course it can be cold. Still it’s great way to walk off the turkey coma and to prepare for the holiday shopping madness.
When: December 25, 2016. 7 a.m. to sunset.
Where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532
Admission includes FREE parking.
To take advantage of this offer you need to fill out the form on the Smithsonian website here and then download your free ticket valid for two people.
Regular admission fees are:
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
Arboretum roads and trails
Nine miles of paved roads wind through The Morton Arboretum providing vehicles, bicyclists, and runners with a stunning view of the majestic landscape. In addition, 16 miles of trails are maintained year-round for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Bike nine miles of paved roads that wind through the magnificent tree collections. Hop on a bicycle, and explore our expansive grounds in a new and adventurous way all year-round, weather permitting. LEARN MORE
Many visitors prefer to hike throughout The Morton Arboretum because it lets them experience nature up close, in new and intimate ways. The Arboretum maintains trails just for hiking, or walking, or strolling—for the express purpose of allowing people a serene experience among the trees. LEARN MORE
The sights, sounds, and smells that change with the season, as well as the safe roads and varied terrain, make the Arboretum a runner’s paradise year-round. LEARN MORE
There is no viable way to get there without a car unless you take Metra (BSNF) to Lisle and call for a taxi to take you back and forth from the Metra Station or bring your bike on the train. The Arboretum is 2 miles from the Lisle Metra station.
A special $8 unlimited ride fare is valid for Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving. Trains will operate on the Metra holiday schedule on Thanksgiving and regular service will be provided the day after to help you shop the sales on Black Friday.
Grounds open, 7:00 a.m. – sunset. All buildings and the Children’s Garden will be closed. Restrooms will be available in the west pavilion of the Visitor Center and the West Side shelter at Parking Lot 21.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
Embrace the snowy season and trek through the 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland on skis or snowshoes. Visitors are invited to bring their own cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore the grounds from 7 a.m. to sunset when there is 4″ or more of snow on the ground. Seasonal rentals are also available at the Visitor Center.