Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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The Garden Railway

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

On Sunday, August 26th the Garden Railway will close at 4pm

The Morris Arboretum’s popular Holiday Garden Railway returns Friday, November 24th! This year the trains will run through December 31st.



Garden Railway Events

Garden Railway Circus Week

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 through SUNDAY, JULY 8
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.


Garden Railway Circus Week


Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

SATURDAY, JULY 14 & SUNDAY, JULY 15
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 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

Friday Night Lights

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 & 29* | 4:30 - 7:30pm
Ticket prices: Member adult $10, Member child $5, Non-member adult $18, Non-member child $9

Discounts not applicable for ticketed events

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. To warm up your walk, hot cocoa or coffee will be available at the Compton Café, along with various tasty snacks to purchase.

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.

  • December 22: A tasty treat from Bredenbeck’s bakery in Chestnut Hill will be given to guests (while supplies last).

*The 22nd and 29th are sold out.


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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The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

On Sunday, August 26th the Garden Railway will close at 4pm.

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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