Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Garden Railway

The Garden Railway

The Garden Railway is closed for the season. It will reopen on Saturday, May 27.

Included with garden admission.

Open daily through September 4. Open Weekends through October 9.
Weekdays 10:00am - 4:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am - 5:00pm



Garden Railway Events

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekends

Saturday, August 12 & Sunday August 13
Free with garden admission.

Come visit the Garden Railway and see Thomas & Friends take over the tracks.


Garden Railway Thomas the Train Weekend

Circus Week at the Garden Railway

Saturday, August 26 - Sunday, September 4
Free with garden admission.

Come see the Big Top and the circus trains, learn the history of the circus and watch for a few surprises.


Circus Week at the Garden Railway


About the Garden Railway

Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under!), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones – to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with miniature rivers. Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pine cone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts.

The Garden Railway is supported, in part, through the generosity of Gwen and Ed Asplundh and by a gift given in memory of Joe Shuttleworth. “Gwen and I are very pleased to support the wonderful Garden Railway. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved trains large and small. For years, I had a large train layout in my basement. There is something very special about an outdoor railway, especially the very unusual and beautifully done railway at the Arboretum. I enjoy watching the trains myself, but most of all, I enjoy watching the looks of delight on the faces of the other ‘kids’ young and old.” –Ed Asplundh

The Morris Arboretum’s popular Holiday Garden Railway returns Friday, November 25th!

The Garden Railway is now open for the season and is dressed in its wintery finest! Open through January 2, free with admission during regular hours. The Arboretum is closed on December 24, 25 & January 1.

Check for weather closings.


Railway Special Events

Holiday Garden Railway Grand Opening

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 | 1:00 - 3:00pm
Free with garden admission.

Come see the Holiday Garden Railway dressed in its wintry finest! Take part in a fun craft for the kids and enjoy the carolers and winter garden.


Holiday Garden Railway

Friday Night Lights

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 | 4:30 - 7:30pm
Ticket prices: Member adult $9, Member child $3, Non-member adult $16, Non-member child $8

Enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings. Pick up some hot cocoa or coffee at the Compton Café to warm up your walk. Apple fritters and snacks will also be offered.

If the trains cannot run due to inclement weather you will automatically receive an email notification and a full refund of your ticket purchase. Tickets must be re-purchased to attend on an alternate date.

 


Friday Night Lights


The Daily Vacationer Visits the Holiday Garden Railway

Read about The Daily Vacationer's experience of the Holiday Garden Railway!



About the Holiday Garden Railway

Visitors of all ages will be wow-ed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones – to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with small streams. Each building, while an exact replica of the original, is unique in its design. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pinecone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts.

The buildings are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights that twinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape. The Garden Railway Display has become one of the Arboretum’s most beloved attractions since it opened in 1998, and the Holiday Garden Railway is quickly becoming a favorite holiday tradition for many families.

The Garden Railway is supported, in part, through the generosity of Gwen and Ed Asplundh and by a gift given in memory of Joe Shuttleworth. “Gwen and I are very pleased to support the wonderful Garden Railway. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved trains large and small. For years, I had a large train layout in my basement. There is something very special about an outdoor railway, especially the very unusual and beautifully done railway at the Arboretum. I enjoy watching the trains myself, but most of all, I enjoy watching the looks of delight on the faces of the other ‘kids’ young and old.” –Ed Asplundh


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Awakening the Senses

Enhance your Arboretum experience, either onsite or when planning a visit:

Arboretum Adventure, this family activity explores the grounds and shares plant science lessons along the way.

Collection Connection, search the Arboretum’s collection records to locate or learn about favorite plants.

Tours, choose from among a selection of guided pathways through the grounds.

Wi-Fi, connect with the Arboretum, or share photos on social media at hotspots located throughout the garden.


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Alerts & Updates

Please be advised that the Rose Garden is closed on Thursday mornings for maintenance.



Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

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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Alerts & Updates

Please be advised that the Rose Garden is closed on Thursday mornings for maintenance.



Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

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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