Morris Arboretum invites you to explore our new seasonal exhibit Summer of Swings, Friday, June 24, and running through Sunday, October 2, 2022. Visitors of all ages can experience the Arboretum in a totally new way—while perched on one of 10 swings placed strategically across 92 acres. Play on the swings, try some cool physics experiments, and just have fun!
Everyone knows how much fun it is to play on swings, but did you know that it is an activity that is actually good for you? Riding on swings encourages important physical and cognitive benefits like improved coordination and stress reduction—and plus, it is just plain fun!
Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer Galileo Galilei was the first scientist to observe how long it took any object suspended from a pendulum to swing back and forth. Galileo used his own pulse as a time measurement, as wrist watches and cell phones were not available, and observed that no matter the weight at the end of the pendulum nor the distance the pendulum was pulled back, the time it took for each swing to complete was exactly the same.
A swing is a pendulum—so why not conduct your own Galileo-esque experiments while on our swings! All you need is three people, a stopwatch, and the PDF!
Each swing seat is crafted from repurposed tree wood and has both the common and scientific name engraved on the seat itself. Read more about the types of wood used and general information about each swing here.
Each swing offers different views of the Arboretum. Use the activity below to explore your surroundings and discover something new!
The Arboretum is closed to the public today (9/6) due to potential flooding.
The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.
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.