Morris Arboretum

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Garden Railway  Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

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Runs Daily 10:00am - 4:00pm

Advance Tickets Required

Open November 27 through December 31

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Check for closings or delays


Holiday

Garden Railway

Nights



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Frequently Asked Questions

Holiday 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 winter garden of the Morris Arboretum.

Holiday Garden Railway Nights

Holiday Garden Railway Nights is a special ticketed event. The dates are:

Saturdays, November 28 &
December 5, 12, 19, 26
Sundays, November 29 &
December 6, 13, 20, 27
4:30 to 7:30pm

Due to limited parking, you must purchase tickets with specific arrival times. Please stay on the path. Walking into the lights off the path is dangerous, please help us keep everyone safe and stay on the path.

About the Garden Railway

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

The Garden Railway

Included with garden admission. Get Tickets Now!

The Garden Railway runs daily through October 11.

Temporarily closed.

The Garden Railway is closed for the season. Mark your calendars! The trains will be back up and running on Saturday, May 29, 2021!

The Garden Railway display is a miniature world with a quarter mile track running through it. It features loops and tunnels, bridges and trestles and all of the small-scale buildings are created entirely of natural materials. This year the tracks are surrounded by miniature replicas of Wonders of the World. You can see Hagia Sophia, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Wall of China and more... without even leaving Philadelphia!

The Garden Railway trains cannot run on rainy days or in inclement weather.

Check for emergency closings and alerts.

The Garden Railway is now open! 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.

The Garden Railway is open daily through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, and then on weekends only through Monday, October 14.

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.

Check for weather closings.


Garden Railway Events

Circus Week

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 5
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

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 24 & 25
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 & 22
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 & 19
Included with garden admission.

Thomas the Tank Engine can always be found chugging along in his own section of our Garden Railway, but a few weekends a year Thomas and his friends run free on all the tracks, turning the entire Railway into the Island of Sodor!


Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

Harvest Trains

SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 11
Included with garden admission.

From refrigerated boxcars that carry bounties of fruit and other perishables, to grain cars that transport corn and wheat, come see the model harvest trains in our Garden Railway between Labor Day and October 11.


Harvest Trains


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

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Know Before You Go

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

A tree is down blocking our main path between Out on a Limb and the Rose Garden. Guests must use the path behind the Visitor Center to access the Arboretum. This path is steep and may be difficult for guests with wheelchairs or strollers.

Our system is having an issue recognizing memberships at this time. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue.

Advance Tickets Required

All guests, including members, are required to reserve advance tickets for admission. Parking is included with your advance ticket.

Guests are not required to wear face coverings outdoors, but face coverings must always be worn indoors.

Reserve Tickets

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

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.

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Alerts & Updates

A tree is down blocking our main path between Out on a Limb and the Rose Garden. Guests must use the path behind the Visitor Center to access the Arboretum. This path is steep and may be difficult for guests with wheelchairs or strollers.

Our system is having an issue recognizing memberships at this time. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue.

Advance Tickets Required

All guests, including members, are required to reserve advance tickets for admission. Parking is included with your advance ticket.

Guests are not required to wear face coverings outdoors, but face coverings must always be worn indoors.

Reserve Tickets

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

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.

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