Looking for a family spring outing? Spend a long weekend exploring The Morton Arboretum and stay at the affordable and nearby Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside!
Your children will enjoy “Bird is the Word,” a Saturday program in which kids match bird moms to bird babies, play with nest materials, and make a baby owl call to take home. “The Morton Arboretum Photography Society Photography Exhibit,” May 3-4, features nature photography at its best. The “Tree House Tales Exhibition” features six trees and tree houses. Learn about flowering trees, oaks, silver maples and more, and enjoy exploring the decorative tree houses. Daily. The “Vanishing Act: Trees Under Threat Exhibit” allows your family to come learn about the gifts that the world’s endangered trees give us—and how you can join the Arboretum in saving them. This award-winning outdoor exhibit shows that trees that we know and love are endangered in the wild. Adults will enjoy “Drinks With The Drunken Botanist,” featuring cocktails derived from plant origins, on May 15. The Ginkgo Restaurant offers breakfast from 9-11 am most weekends.
The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants from around the world. Situated on the rolling Valparaiso moraine and bisected by the East Branch of the DuPage River, the Arboretum features miles of hiking trails. Your family can enjoy nature, explore and smell the wildflowers.
The Arboretum is at 4100 Route 53, Lisle. For more information, call 630-968-0074.
Best Western Plus Chicago Hotel at Hillside, just a short drive from The Morton Arboretum, offers affordable, comfortable rooms, a breakfast bar and restaurant, 24 hour airport shuttle and much more. The hotel is pet friendly and offers AAA rates.