Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Penn Students

Penn Students

Morris Arboretum is your place to escape, explore, and relax...

Just 13 miles from the Penn Campus, Morris Arboretum is accessible by car, bike, and public transportation. Admission is free with your PennCard.

Penn Student Events

Group Bike Ride to Morris Arboretum

SATURDAY APRIL 23 | 10:30am - 4:00pm
Admission is free for PennCard holders.

Pedal to the Petals! Sign up now to reserve your spot to ride your bike from campus to the Morris Arboretum with Arboretum staff and the Penn Outdoors Club. We are going to meet in front of the Penn Museum at 10:30am (if you get there early check out their amazing courtyard). We’ll be on bike trails for 13 out of the 14 miles to the Arboretum and go past some of the prettiest places in the city (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boathouse Row, & Wissahickon Valley Park). Spring petals will be in abundance when we arrive to the Arboretum and complimentary refreshments will be available for everyone to recharge and the Morris Café will be open for more extensive meal options. We’ll head back to campus at 3:00 and be back to campus by 4:30. All participants need their own bike, helmet and water bottle. Register Here.

Student Leaders

Morris Arboretum is the perfect place to bring your student groups. We are happy to assist student groups with organizing their own field trips to experience all the beauty and tranquility the Morris Arboretum has to offer. To learn more, please contact Bryan Thompson-Nowak at

Directions from Penn


Head east on Market St toward N 34th St. Turn left onto John F Kennedy Blvd. Take the Interstate 76 W ramp to Valley Forge. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-76 W/Valley/Forge and merge onto I-76 W. Take exit 340A toward Lincoln Dr/Kelly Dr/Germantown/Wissahickon Park. Merge onto City Ave. Slight left to merge onto Lincoln Dr. Turn left onto Emlen St. Continue onto Cresheim Valley Dr. Turn left onto Germantown Ave. Turn right onto E Northwestern Ave. Arboretum entrance will be on the right.


Head southeast on South Street. Turn left on to ramp to Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. Continue onto Schuylkill River Trail - Philadelphia to Valley Forge. Turn Left toward Schuylkill River Trail. Turn left onto Schuykill River Trail. At the Wissahickon Transportation Center turn right to continue onto Wissahickon Bike Trail. Turn left on Forbidden Drive. Follow this trail to Northwestern Avenue (about 7.5 miles) Turn right up Northwestern Avenue (you will see Northwestern Horse Stables on your right). Cross over Germantown Avenue and continue on Northwestern Avenue for another .5 miles. The entrance will be on your right. Bike racks are located next to the parking lot. Bikes are not permitted on any trails in the Arboretum. The entire ride is about 12 miles and will take approximately 50 minutes.

Public Transportation

Walk to 30th Street Station. Take Chestnut Hill West Line Train towards Chestnut Hill West (31 mins, 10 stops). Walk to Germantown Avenue & Bethlehem Pike (1 minute). Wait for "L" bus toward Plymouth Meeting or Plymouth Meeting Mall. Bus MUST say "Plymouth Meeting" or it won't pass close enough to the Arboretum. Ask to get off at the Germantown Avenue & Northwestern Avenue stop. Walk down Northwestern Avenue for .5 miles past Chestnut Hill College and the apartment complex until you come to the black wrought-iron gate of the Arboretum.

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Weather Alerts

The Arboretum will be closed on September 19th due to parking lot repairs. Click here for hours.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

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.