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History Themed Activities

Mansion Outline – Walk through a footprint of the Compton mansion, take a peek at photos of the interior. Location: Top of the hill, near 2 Lines

History Footsteps – Visit features original to the estate and see photos of people enjoying these same features 100 years ago! Several locations, see the Download History Footsteps Map

Lost Features Scavenger Hunt – Use the provided clues to locate original features here during John and Lydia’s time, and worth learning about. Several locations, Download Scavenger Hunt

Games Past & Present – Learn more about current outdoor games and how some have been adapted from ancient times! Penny toss, Limbo, Hopscotch, and The Floor is Lava. Location: End of Oak Allee

I Spy Bingo – I Spy Bingo features different cards for different interests. Bring in the “colors” card to match against flowers, bark, leaves, or sculptures. Bring the “objects” card to spy plants and features. The “words” card pits descriptors against each other: is that tree tall or short? Is there a shorter tree in the Arboretum? Easy, fun activities for the whole family. Download Bingo Cards


Bee Happy - Hunt for the LEGO™ Bees

Bees are buzzing all around the Arboretum! This year’s scavenger hunt features LEGO® bees constructed by members of ColonialLUG (Registered LEGO® Users Group). Use the online map and see if you can find them all. Be sure to check out the motorized bee and flower in the Gift Shop window.


Seasons Newsletter

Summer 2020

Issue highlights:
  • Caring for the Garden During Closure
  • Design and Installation of Two Rose Garden Beds
  • Go Wild for Native Bees

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Seasons Newsletter

Featured Blog Articles

Native Flowers
A Guide to Using Wildflowers in your Garden

Your garden has something in common with George Washington’s army: The Pennsylvania winter can make or break it. And while the conditions... More

A common Chickweed
Welcome to Your Yard, Philadelphia!

If you are not working on the front line during this pandemic (and a big thanks to everyone who is!), you may be spending more time than ever before observing your yard... More

A bee polinating a flower
What to Plant for the Bees

As most of us know by now bee populations are under threat and are experiencing serious declines. So what can we do to help? More

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Alerts & Updates


Due to the weather and flooding, the Arboretum is closed today Friday, July 19th.

Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited be open! We have institued new policies as required by the government of Pennsylvania in order to keep the public safe while visiting. Please review the policies below before your visit.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • One-way circulation on paths to facilitate social distancing.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Cafe are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Garden Railway, Out on a Limb, the Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Guest passes, Library passes, and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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