Group tours

Acorn Express Tram at The Morton ArboretumWhether you have 60 minutes or all day, The Morton Arboretum is a special destination for your group outing. Get to know us—on foot, on your bus, or on our Acorn Express open-air tram. Tour packages, including food options, are available for groups of 15 or more. Contact Group Tours at or call 630-719-5700. Tour times are based on availability. Please secure your group reservation at least two weeks in advance.

The Arboretum is an outdoor museum. You will be most comfortable if you dress for the weather and wear casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes. On the Acorn Express you may feel a breeze as the tram travels up to 15 miles per hour—dress warmly in cool weather! Insect repellent may be helpful during the summer.

School/Youth Group Info? For information regarding school and scout group/other youth group opportunities, click the appropriate link or contact the Arboretum registrar at 630-719-2468 or email at .

College and Professional Self-Guided Field Trips Interested in a guided experience or a tour with a staff member? For more information click here or contact Education Registrar at 630-719-2468 
or email at .

Tour packages

All Tour Packages include Arboretum admission and parking.

  • To Reserve a Group Tour Package
  • Please contact the Group Tour Department at 630-719-5700.
  • Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit.
  • The Acorn Express Tram is accessible for up to two wheelchairs. Please inform the Group Tour staff if wheelchairs will be boarding the Acorn Express.
  • See reservation form for terms, conditions, and reschedule and cancellation policy.


All Aboard Tours with step-on guide

$13 per person (minimum 12)
Enjoy the beauty of nature as an Arboretum guide conducts a one-hour narrated tour aboard your bus or commercial van. Sit back and relax as you learn about the Arboretum's internationally-renowned plant collections, natural history, research programs, and Morton family legacy. Seasonally, you'll see blossoming trees, wildflowers, and fall foliage.

Open-Air Tram Tours

$15 per person (minimum 15)
The Acorn Express is an exciting journey through the ever-changing landscape of The Morton Arboretum. This one-hour narrated tour is conducted on the Arboretum's Acorn Express open-air tram. Enjoy the gentle breeze as you slowly wind your way through our stunning landscapes.

Walking Tours

$13 per person (minimum 15)
Enjoy your choice of narrated 45-60 minute walks with our knowledgeable guides amidst our flourishing trees, shrubbery and perennials.  It's nature up close and personal! Tours vary in content, highlighting plant collections in our gardens and natural areas, seasonal blossoms and color, horticultural and natural history. Ask for a list of walking tour options.

Combination Tours

$18 per person (minimum 15)
Enjoy 2 tours for one low price! Tour includes a one-hour narrated tram ride on the Acorn Express and a 45-60 minute guided walk of your choice.

Five Visit Bus Pass

$300.00 per pass

The Five Visit Pass is available to agencies providing services to adults 18 years of age or older. The pass is valid for five visits in a commercial van or bus with a capacity of less than 26 passengers and includes admission for each person on the vehicle. The pass will be stamped per vehicle per visit. It cannot be combined with guided tour or lunch packages.  

Discounted passes are available to 501c3 nonprofit agencies providing services to adults 18 years or older. The agencies tax exemption identification letter is required to receive the discount. For cost and additional information and/or questions, please contact Adult Group Tours at (630) 719-5700, or via email at

Pre-Paid Discount Admission Fees

Pre-paid admission tickets may be purchased at a discount off the daily admission fee (excludes Wednesday discount admission).

15-49 passes $2.00 off per pass

50+ passes at $3.00 off per pass

Tickets expire at the end of the calendar year in which they were purchased and may be redeemed for admission at the gatehouse at any time. A minimum of 15 tickets is required to obtain discount price.  Pre-paid discount cannot be combined with any other discount.

Terms and Conditions

Reservations should be made at least 14 days in advance and are based on availability. Group reservations and dates will be confirmed only after the Arboretum receives a deposit and signed Adult Group Tour Reservation Form.

Deposits for Group Tours

Narrated Walks, Tram Rides, All Aboard Tours $50.00

Tour and Lunch Package  $125.00

Weather Policy

The Morton Arboretum is an outdoor museum. Dress for the weather! Walking and open-air tram tours will proceed in light to moderate precipitation. If heavy or extreme weather conditions must cancel a tour, it will be rescheduled based on availability. Deposits will not be refunded due to inclement weather. Indoor activities, including All-Aboard tours, Behind the Trees Walking Tours, and lunches will not be cancelled by weather and full payment is required.

For reservations, call Group Tours at 630-719-5700.