Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Garden Railway

Garden Railway

Open Weekend Only Through October 13

This year’s theme Who Lives Here? uses the houses as a fun way to engage kids’ imaginations. Clues are built into the houses, which visitors can use to determine who lives there. The buildings are fanciful dwellings, such as a really, really tall giraffe's house offset by a tiny little home for a hummingbird. A coiled house for a snake features shingles that resemble scales, and a possum’s home hangs upside down from a tree. This year’s display will again, surely delight visitors both young and old.

Railway Hours

Weekends only: 10:00am - 4:00pm


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.

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Out on a Limb will be CLOSED for maintenance Monday, September 29 & Tuesday, September 30.

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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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