Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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University of Pennsylvania

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Garden Railway Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

The Garden Railway

The Garden Railway is closed for the season. Mark your calendars, the trains will be back up and running on Saturday, May 25, 2019!

The Garden Railway opens for the summer season Saturday, May 25, Memorial Day weekend. This year’s theme is "Great American Lighthouse" features replicas of iconic landmarks from east to west, and as far north as the Great Lakes. Visitors will enjoy the beauty of these unique structures, such as Cape Hatteras Light in North Carolina, both the New Cape Henry Light and Old Cape Henry Light in Virginia and Philadelphia’s own Turtle Rock Light located on Boathouse Row.

Holiday Garden Railway Nights is cancelled this evening due to inclement weather.

Check for weather closings.


The Garden Railway is open for the season through Labor Day, Monday, September 3, and then on weekends only through Monday, October 8.

Garden Railway Events

Circus Week at the Garden Railway

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 7
Included with garden admission.

Listen for the call of the ringmaster as you watch the colorful railroad cars bring the “Big Top” to the garden.


Circus Week at the Garden Railway


Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

SATURDAY, JULY 13 & SUNDAY, JULY 14
Included with garden admission.

Look for your favorite train characters among the whole steam engine gang from Sodor as they take over the Railway for the weekend.


Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends


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 Daily Vacationer Visits the Holiday Garden Railway

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

Daily Vacationer Review

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For the safety of our visitors and to preserve the structural integrity of our tree collection, climbing or sitting on the limbs of trees is not permitted. Thank you!


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Alerts & Updates

Out on a Limb will be closed for maintenance Tuesday, May 28th through Thursday, May 30th. Thanks for your patience!

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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