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Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

100 East Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 Directions
+12152475777

When you're ready to switch up your regular weekend routine, head to Philadelphia's Morris Arboretum. This place is calling your name! Give them a call today.

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Report | 2 years ago
Beautiful place with lots to offer to all ages. The garden railway is a favorite.
Report | 2 years ago
Beautiful and relaxing.
Report | 2 years ago
Beautiful place. Lots of flora, some fauna. Quiet place to do some thinking.
Report | 2 years ago
I am looking forward to using this membership with my grandchildren.
Report | 2 years ago
Amazing place for relaxation! Beautiful environment.👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
Report | 2 years ago
Amazing place
Report | 2 years ago
Beautiful, relaxing place to enjoy an afternoon for the entire family.
Report | 2 years ago
It is a wonderful place with something for everyone. Very family friendly. So much beauty!
Report | 2 years ago
Beautiful. Especially this year with all the rain we've had. Everything so green.
Report | 2 years ago
Amazing

From Our Editors

John Morris made his fortune in iron and then, with the help of his sister Lydia, turned to a far more delicate medium: exotic plants. Starting in the 1880s, the duo traveled the world in search of specimens to bring back to their Philadelphia home. That formidable collection blossomed into the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania after the siblings donated their estate to the University of Pennsylvania in 1933.

Their carefully manicured English-style gardens, complete with swan pond and azalea meadow, now also belong to the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors today stroll winding footpaths among 13,000 plants, hailing from 27 countries; there's a prominent Japanese influence in several areas, including the Japanese Hill and Water Garden. Stately trees dot the property, including trident maple, Engler beech, and Bender oak—the latter of which researchers believe may predate the Morris estate by more than 100 years. And some notable plants are kept inside: the Victorian-style fernery encases tropical fronds and trickling waterfalls in a balmy paradise of glass.

Children especially flock to the Garden Railway, where G-scale model trains chug through a miniature garden, passing buildings made entirely of natural materials by skilled chipmunk carpenters. The Garden Railway runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on weekends through mid-October. They and their minders also tend to enjoy scrambling across wooden bridges suspended high above the forest floor to get a bird's-eye view of the arboretum at the Tree Adventure.

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