Plan a visit

Getting here:

Located in the western suburb of Lisle, The Morton Arboretum is located just north of I-88 on IL Route 53, making it easy to get to from many locations.  Get directions


All visitors must enter through the parking gatehouses on the East Side of the Arboretum.  Members need only show their membership card for free entry. Admission tickets can be purchased at the gatehouse from an attendant, including Museums for All tickets. Printed pre-purchased tickets and group admission tickets will be accepted here. Gatehouse attendants will direct you to free parking.  All exhibits, like Troll Hunt, are included with admission. Admission is included with the purchase of ticketed events.

Get Oriented/Acclaimated:

The Visitors Center on the East Side is usually visitors' first stop and is your gateway to the Arboretum. Visitor Services staff are here to answer any questions and share printed maps of the grounds.   There is lots to see within walking distance from the VC.  Or, drive out to natural settings for a real escape. The best way to familiarize yourself with the grounds is to take a tram tour led by docent drivers. 


In the West Pavilion of the Visitors Center is the Plant Clinic, the go to location to get in-person advice from our trained staff and volunteers.  Visit the Sterling Morton Library and its collection of scholarly and general interest information resources about plants.  Or, hike up to our latest installation Gateway for Tree Science for some hands-on learning lead by our scientists and staff. 

Relax and enjoy:

The Visitors Center offers other opportunities to relax and enjoy the setting.  The Ginkgo Restaurant & Cafe are located in the East Pavilion of the Visitors Center. Enjoy lunch or a drink with an unobstructed view of Meadow Lake, Point and xxx.  Outdoor seating in Arbor Court is in view of The Maze Garden and the Ground Cover Garden, under a shady canopy of trees. Browse through the The Arboretum Store to pick up a momento of your visit or a nature-themed gift.