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Morris Arboretum

Stroll among ancient trees, wetland tours and garden displays, in this peaceful setting that offers a reprieve from urban sightseeing.

The Morris Arboretum is a cultivated park covering 92 acres (37 hectares). The ancient trees are reason enough to visit, and the park also offers gardens, fountains and wetlands, a nursery of exotic species, and a center for horticultural research. 

When you walk the paths under the long-standing trees, it’s easy to imagine the park as John Morris saw it in the late 1800s. The visionary founder of the arboretum planted many different species from all over the world, which is what makes this area still special today. The arboretum is now owned and operated by the University of Pennsylvania. It’s well-maintained for public enjoyment and university research.

Stroll among more than 13,000 labeled plants, trees and flowers from Asia, North America and Europe at your leisure, or take a guided tour. There are many walks to choose from, including interactive educational experiences for the kids. If you are into art, look out for the modern sculptures along the way or take the special Sculpture Tour.

The arboretum offers Family Fun activities throughout the year, such as the Tree Adventure and the Out On A Limb canopy walk. Get high up with the birds to see the landscape from in between the branches of the taller trees. 

Those interested in gardening will appreciate the glasshouse fernery and the exhibits in the arboretum’s other buildings. Find out how the gardeners propagate plants and trees inside the Horticulture Complex. If you just want to relax, take in the fragrant scent of the roses or sit by the marble fountain.

The arboretum is 15 miles (24 kilometers) from downtown Philadelphia along East Northwestern Avenue. There is an admission fee, and the hours vary per season. If you take a full-day excursion, head to the area behind the Visitor Center with a picnic lunch or order gourmet food from the café.


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Lovely Chestnut Hill residence
Lovely Chestnut Hill residence

Lovely Chestnut Hill residence

Philadelphia, PA
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Chestnut Hill, this vacation home is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Morris Arboretum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plymouth Meeting Mall and Fort Washington State Park. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia and Willow Grove Park Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km). Philadelphia Chestnut Hill West Station is only a 4-minute walk and Philadelphia Chestnut Hill East Station is 9 minutes.

    Pilgrim's Rest Bed and Breakfast $110
    Pilgrim's Rest Bed and Breakfast

    Pilgrim's Rest Bed and Breakfast

    876 Manatawna Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Roxborough, this bed & breakfast is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Morris Arboretum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plymouth Meeting Mall and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia. Please Touch Museum and Temple University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Chubb Hotel & Conference Center
      Chubb Hotel & Conference Center

      Chubb Hotel & Conference Center

      800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Roxborough-Manayunk, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Morris Arboretum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plymouth Meeting Mall and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia. Fairmount Park and Bryn Mawr College are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Chestnut Hill Hotel $199
        Chestnut Hill Hotel

        Chestnut Hill Hotel

        8229 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Chestnut Hill, this historic hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Morris Arboretum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plymouth Meeting Mall and Fort Washington State Park. Please Touch Museum and Fairmount Park are also within 9 mi (15 km). Philadelphia Chestnut Hill West Station is 6 minutes by foot and Philadelphia Gravers Station is 7 minutes.

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          20 Minute Uber to Center City Philadelphia

          20 Minute Uber to Center City Philadelphia

          Philadelphia, PA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Roxborough, this apartment building is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Morris Arboretum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Plymouth Meeting Mall and Fairmount Park. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia and Boathouse Row are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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            Not accepting bookings due to Pandemic - Beautiful 2BDR Suite w/Bathroom -

            Not accepting bookings due to Pandemic - Beautiful 2BDR Suite w/Bathroom -

            Philadelphia, PA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Northwest Philadelphia, this vacation home is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Morris Arboretum and within 9 mi (15 km) of Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo. Plymouth Meeting Mall and Fairmount Park are also within 9 mi (15 km). Philadelphia St. Martins Station is 9 minutes by foot and Philadelphia Mount Airy Station is 12 minutes.

              Hampton Inn Plymouth Meeting $97
              Hampton Inn Plymouth Meeting

              Hampton Inn Plymouth Meeting

              2055 Chemical Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Plymouth Meeting, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Hovenden House, Barn and Abolition Hall and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Plymouth Meeting Mall. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

                Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ft. Washington - Philadelphia $75
                Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ft. Washington - Philadelphia

                Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ft. Washington - Philadelphia

                432 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, PA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Hope Lodge and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Fort Washington State Park. Temple University and King of Prussia Mall are also within 16 mi (25 km). Fort Washington Station is only a 4-minute walk.