Morris Arboretum is your place to escape, explore, and relax...
Just 13 miles from the Penn Campus, Morris Arboretum is accessible by car, bike, and public transportation. Admission is free with your PennCard.
Saturdays April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
Every Saturday in April Morris Arboretum will provide a free round-trip bus to the Arboretum to enjoy the warmer weather and spring blossoms. The bus will meet on campus at the bookstore (36th and Walnut) and plan to depart at 10:30 am. Busses will return to campus and leave the Arboretum at 3:00 pm. On April 13th and 20th we will be celebrating our Cherry Blossom Days with special tours and performances celebrating Cherry trees. Free buses are available to those with a valid PennCard.
Morris Arboretum is the perfect place to bring your student groups. We are happy to assist student groups with organizing their own field trips to experience all the beauty and tranquility the Morris Arboretum has to offer. To learn more, please contact Bryan Thompson-Nowak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head east on Market St toward N 34th St. Turn left onto John F Kennedy Blvd. Take the Interstate 76 W ramp to Valley Forge. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-76 W/Valley/Forge and merge onto I-76 W. Take exit 340A toward Lincoln Dr/Kelly Dr/Germantown/Wissahickon Park. Merge onto City Ave. Slight left to merge onto Lincoln Dr. Turn left onto Emlen St. Continue onto Cresheim Valley Dr. Turn left onto Germantown Ave. Turn right onto E Northwestern Ave. Arboretum entrance will be on the right.
Head southeast on South Street. Turn left on to ramp to Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. Continue onto Schuylkill River Trail - Philadelphia to Valley Forge. Turn Left toward Schuylkill River Trail. Turn left onto Schuykill River Trail. At the Wissahickon Transportation Center turn right to continue onto Wissahickon Bike Trail. Turn left on Forbidden Drive. Follow this trail to Northwestern Avenue (about 7.5 miles) Turn right up Northwestern Avenue (you will see Northwestern Horse Stables on your right). Cross over Germantown Avenue and continue on Northwestern Avenue for another .5 miles. The entrance will be on your right. Bike racks are located next to the parking lot. Bikes are not permitted on any trails in the Arboretum. The entire ride is about 12 miles and will take approximately 50 minutes.
Walk to 30th Street Station. Take Chestnut Hill West Line Train towards Chestnut Hill West (31 mins, 10 stops). Walk to Germantown Avenue & Bethlehem Pike (1 minute). Wait for "L" bus toward Plymouth Meeting or Plymouth Meeting Mall. Bus MUST say "Plymouth Meeting" or it won't pass close enough to the Arboretum. Ask to get off at the Germantown Avenue & Northwestern Avenue stop. Walk down Northwestern Avenue for .5 miles past Chestnut Hill College and the apartment complex until you come to the black wrought-iron gate of the Arboretum.
Due to the heat, Grist Mill Demonstration Day, on July 21st, has been cancelled.
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.