Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Parties Out on a Limb

Parties & Social Gatherings

Are you seeking a unique setting for your special event?

The Morris Arboretum's grounds and facilities will put your event in a class of its own, away from the rush of modern life, against a backdrop of gorgeous gardens. A variety of indoor and outdoor settings may be rented with direct access to the rest of the gardens for you and your guests to wander and enjoy with plenty of free on-site parking. Enjoy peaceful, natural surroundings for a memorable event. Rentals are available for Corporate events, social events and parties.

Evening Options

Out on a Limb Treetop Experience

If you want to impress your guests in a setting like none other, take your party Out on a Limb! Designed by Metcalfe Architecture & Design, Out on a Limb is fully accessible and impressively lit at night. Host an intimate sit-down dinner party or a cocktail reception from up in the treetops.

Out on a Limb

Visitor Center + Tent

The Widener Visitor Center serves as the base for your event. The adjacent tented area, with optional side flaps for inclement weather, can accommodate up to 175 guests for a sit-down dinner (tented area not available November - March). Tables and chairs are included. The tent is outfitted with ceiling fans and portable heaters. Several interior rooms off the tent accommodate essential party features, including: a bar, dessert station, photo booth, etc. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available indoors and out.

Visitor Center + Tent

Log Cabin

Built in 1908 beside a creek, the Log Cabin was used by the Morrises to entertain friends and now you can entertain a party of six in this historic structure. It remains an idyllic spot to enjoy the woodland plants in this area and is a perfect place for an intimate dinner party, perhaps a romantic wedding proposal, or to celebrate a milestone anniversary or birthday dinner with your closest friends.

Log Cabin

Parties and Social Gatherings – Evenings

Rental Area Capacity Fri/Sat/Sun Mon-Thurs
Out on a Limb
Cocktail: 100
Sit Down: 20
$1,200 $900
Visitor Center + Tent
Sit Down: 175 $1,700 $1,400
Log Cabin Sit Down: 6 $300/Hour $300/Hour

Evening parties can only be booked up to 6 months prior to event date (subject to availability)

Daytime Options

Upper Gallery

The Upper Gallery is located on the main floor of the Widener Visitor Center and is a great location for birthdays, showers, or other events. The floors are carpeted, lights are dimmable, and the walls are lined with nature-inspired exhibits. The original barn door slides to create a separation from the Arboretum’s gift shop. The Upper Gallery accommodates 80 people audience style and 65 at round tables.


The Classroom is located on the lower level of the Widener Visitor Center and works well for smaller gatherings—up to 22 people. The room includes a large chalkboard and screen. The Mercer tile floor, stucco walls, exposed wood beams and French doors create a cozy, rustic ambience.

Side Tent

For daytime events during the months of April through October, the side tent is a great outdoor option. From this hillside vantage point behind the Widener Visitor Center, many of the Arboretum’s trees and other plantings serve as the backdrop. This area is adjacent to the Compton Café and screened for privacy. The Side Tent is not air conditioned but cooled by ceiling fans. The Side Tent accommodates 50 people audience style and 40 at round tables.

Parties and Social Gatherings – Daytime Hourly Rate between 10AM and 4PM; Subject to availability (2-Hour Minimum)

Rental Area Capacity Rate
Upper Gallery Audience: 80
Sit Down: 65
Classroom 22 $125/hour
Side Tent 50 $250/hour

Daytime parties can only be booked up to 6 months prior to event date (subject to availability)

For more information, contact the Rentals Team at 215.247.5777 x158 or email

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Unusual, exclusive, memorable...

Morris Arboretum's Out on a Limb is a striking walkway that soars 50 feet above the ground providing your guests with a bird’s eye view of the forest, for a truly memorable event.

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Save the Trees!

When you select Morris Arboretum as your meeting location, you are supporting the Arboretum's mission to plant and protect trees.

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Rental Specials

Meetings Discount
For a limited time, book three meetings at once and receive at 20% discount.

Non-profit Organizations
Non-profit organizations receive 10% off rental rates.

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Alerts & Updates

COVID-19 Response

In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.

The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:

Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact

Annual Membership
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact

Planned Events
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.

We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Center for Disease Control (CDC):
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website:

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.