Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

Notice: The garden will open late April 10 at 1:00pm

Garden Railway

Garden Railway

Now Open!

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 Events

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekends (Saturday & Sunday):
July 12 & 13
August 2 & 3
September 6 & 7

Circus Weeks:
Saturday, June 28 to Sunday, July 6
Saturday, August 23 to Monday, September 1


Railway Hours

MAY 24 - SEPTEMBER 1
Weekdays:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Weekends: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday evenings in June, July, and August: 10:00am - 8:00pm

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 13
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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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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