Morton Arboretum : Human+Nature

Located just 25 miles west from downtown Chicago lies the Morton Arboretum, a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city, you can make a day of it with dinner or lunch in downtown Naperville. (You can find additional directions or public transportation options here )

The Morton Arboretum is a 1700 acre outdoor museum with living trees, nature walks, outdoor sculptures and Childrens garden are just a handful of the experiences offered when visiting. Just released is the Human+Nature exhibit designed by internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper. Popper created five 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It is his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world.

The Arboretum also offers a wonderful Childrens garden for you and your littles to enjoy. Wooden bridges and tree root caves, musical garden sculptures and a giant, scalable acorn. There’s something around every corner in this creatively designed space geared toward kids—with parents’ needs in mind too (i.e. bathrooms, shaded picnic tables and benches). Divided into the Backyard Discovery Gardens and Adventure Woods, the four acres include 10 themed areas. The hands-down winner is the Wonder Pond, where kids navigate across stones to get a closer look at what’s under the water, including (in spring) thousands of tadpoles. Word to the wise: If your kid is inclined to take a dip into any body of water they encounter, bring a change of clothes. Other popular spots include the playground equipment built among trees, giving kids more of a bird’s eye view of the flora around them. But another fair warning: One of the climbing structures states it’s not so good for toddlers. On a steamy, summer day, head over to the huge watering can, which will cool you off with its misting spray.

A visit to the Arboretum is a must this summer or fall!

Adults are $16 and children aged 2-17 are $11 (kids under 2 are free) Note reduced price admission on Wednesdays.

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