Since moving to Chestnut Hill from the UK in summer 2008, the Morris Arboretum has been a favorite of ours. We first walked there with our son, a few months old, in his stroller and enjoyed a picnic in the grounds in the shade of one of their beautiful trees. We have been back many times and have enjoyed the seasonal railway as well as the new permanent Tree Tops exhibit, which is great fun for all ages.
On Saturday, the Garden Railway will be open for the summer, until Labor Day, with a theme of ‘American Roadside Attractions’. The onsite Bruno’s Café will be transformed into a 1950s diner for the day, and visitors will be able to enjoy a free scoop of ice cream from 12pm on their journey towards the Garden Railway. With a changing theme each year, the Garden Railway is a miniature world set in the splendor of a summer garden, featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. Logs and branches are also used to create unique tunnels and overhead trestles. Nestled among woody plants, colorful annuals and perennials, the finished product is an enchanting landscape that never ceases to delight visitors both young and old.
The Railway is free with regular admission ($14 per adult) and those under 3 are FREE. See their website for further details on admission prices, memberships and hours (http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/index.shtml ). Also, those who travel on foot/bike/public transport have their admission reduced by half!