Exhibitions

Wonder Woods Mini Golf

The Morton Arboretum is teeing up for a new summertime experience—mini golf!

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This summer, The Morton Arboretum is teeing up for a new interactive experience—Wonder Woods Mini Golf! You’ll enjoy an imaginative, tree-themed adventure with friends and family on this one-of-a-kind course specially designed for the Arboretum with the help of our research scientists.

From giant mushrooms to larger-than-life bugs and acorns, see the Arboretum’s tree science come to life in fun and unexpected ways. Learn how tree rings can tell the life story of a tree, how trees support the ecosystems of bugs and wildlife, and other wonderfully cool—and surprising!—scientific concepts.

Event Details

Located near the Visitor Center, Wonder Woods Mini Golf will run from May 24 through September 2, 2024. The course will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. The last tee time is at 5:00 p.m. each day.

The nine-hole pop-up course is wheelchair accessible See the Accessibility Guide for more information.

Players must be at least four years of age. Children younger than 4 may accompany player groups on the course but cannot play.

Please note that Wonder Woods Mini Golf will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2. The last available tee time will be 3:00 p.m.

Thursday Family Nights in the Children’s Garden

Wonder Woods Mini Golf is open late for Thursday Family Nights in June, July, and August, with the exception of June 20 and July 4. Play a round of mini golf, and then stop by the Children’s Garden to spend a summer evening exploring Adventure Woods.

Ticket Details

Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets must be purchased in advance through the Arboretum’s online ticketing service for a specific time slot. Tickets for dates through Monday, September 2, 2024 are available now.

Members
Child (ages 4 through 17): $6
Adult (age 18 and older): $8

Guests
Child (ages 4 through 17): $8
Adult (age 18 and older): $10

For those who are not members, Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets must be purchased in addition to Arboretum general admission. Children aged 2 and older require a general admission ticket to enter the Arboretum; infants under the age of 2 are admitted for free.

Your purchase helps support the Arboretum’s vision of a greener, healthier, more beautiful world where people and trees thrive together.

 

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Rules

The Arboretum reserves the right to cancel play with no refund or rebooking for groups that violate course rules.

Course Rules

  • Players must be aged 4 or older. Adult supervision is required for players younger than 15.
  • Children aged 2 and 3 may accompany player groups on the course but may not handle the ball or the club.
  • All play must be started from the tee mat.
  • Only one player may tee off at a time.
  • A maximum of six players are allowed per group. Groups must stay together and play one hole at a time.
  • Groups must wait until the group ahead has finished before starting play on the next hole.
  • Only players may be on the course. Spectators may watch from available seating.
  • Swinging the putter above knee level is prohibited.
  • No leaning on, crawling on, or hanging on props, obstacles, and decorations.
  • No food or drink other than water may be brought onto the course.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn on the course at all times.
  • Only trained service dogs are allowed on the course.
  • The Arboretum is a smoke-free facility. Smoking, including vaping and the use of e-cigarettes, is strictly prohibited.

Game Rules

  • The player may move the ball up to 6 inches from the edge of the playing area without penalty.
  • If the ball goes out of bounds, the player may start from the tee area and take a two-stroke penalty.
  • There is a seven-stroke limit for all holes.

Ticket Details

Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets for dates through Monday, September 2, 2024 are available now to purchase online.

Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets must be purchased online in advance for a specific, reserved timeslot. Members enter the Arboretum free.

For those who are not members, Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets must be purchased in addition to Arboretum general admission.

Players must be at least four years of age. Children younger than 4 may accompany player groups on the mini golf course but cannot play. Children aged 2 and older require a general admission ticket to enter the Arboretum; infants under the age of 2 are admitted for free.

Tickets may be purchased up to an hour ahead of tee times; additional rounds of play will be available for purchase on-site for a nominal fee.

Become a member to save Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets and to enter the Arboretum without purchasing advance general admission.

Rebooking

Mini golf ticket purchases are nonrefundable, but tickets can be rebooked for a future date up to one hour ahead of the original tee time. To rebook tickets, call the ticket line at 630-725-2066.

Alternate date rebookings include a free general admission pass for those who are not members.

In the event of inclement weather or a lightning warning in the middle of play, players will be issued a rain check that can be used at a later time that day or on a different date this season.

Accessibility

The nine-hole mini golf course is wheelchair accessible.

Parking Lot 1 (P1) is an environmentally friendly parking lot with uneven pavers. The accessible parking spaces and pathways to the Visitor Center feature smooth pavers. The distance from the furthest parking spot to the main entrance of the Visitor Center is one-quarter of a mile.

Accessible restrooms are located in the Visitor Center.

Merchandise

Visit The Arboretum Store, located in the Visitor Center, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily to purchase a Wonder Woods Mini Golf T-shirt.

About The Arboretum Store

With more than 2,000 nature-inspired books for adults and children as well as jewelry, art, home decor, apparel, and accessories, The Arboretum Store offers you the rare chance to give a loved one the precious gift of nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

Accordion List

  • No. Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets must be purchased online in addition to Arboretum general admission for those who are not members.

    Ticket prices for members are $8 for adults and $6 for children.

    Ticket prices for guests are $10 for adults and $8 for children.

    Players must be at least 4 years of age. Children aged 2 and older require a general admission ticket to enter the Arboretum. Infants under the age of 2 are admitted to the Arboretum for free.

  • You can buy Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets online through the Arboretum’s website.

  • Each mini golf ticket includes access to the golf course, a putter, ball, scorecard, and pencil. Additional rounds of play will be available for purchase on-site for a nominal fee.

  • Wonder Woods Mini Golf tickets for dates through Monday, September 2, 2024 (Labor Day) are available now. Tickets may be purchased up to an hour ahead of tee times.

  • Mini golf reservations are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for a future date or time. Mini golf reservations must be rebooked at least one hour before the original tee time.

    Rebookings less than one hour in advance will not be accommodated.

    If you arrive late and want to play, your group will be fit in as course capacity allows. You also have the option to reschedule for a future date or time, at least one hour before another tee time on the same date.

  • Mini golf reservations are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for a future date or time. Mini golf reservations must be rebooked at least one hour before the original tee time.

    Rbookings less than one hour in advance will not be accommodated. Alternate date rebookings include a free general admission pass for nonmembers.

    In the event of inclement weather or a lightning warning in the middle of play, players will be issued a rain check that includes free Arboretum general admission that can be used at a later time the same day or different date during the season. Rain checks will not be valid following the close of the 2024 season on September 2, 2024.

  • If you arrive late and want to play, your group will be fit in as course capacity allows. You also have the option to reschedule for a future date or time, at least one hour before another tee time on the same date.

  • We encourage groups to wait until the group ahead has finished before starting to play on any hole, which includes skipping ahead.

  • A maximum of six players are allowed per group. Larger groups will split into groups of up to six people to keep wait times to a minimum.

  • If capacity allows, guests may be able to play another round for a nominal $2 fee per player.

  • Wonder Woods Mini Golf features nine interactive, science-themed holes to play through.

  • Players must be at least 4 years old to play mini golf. Adult supervision is required for players younger than 15.

  • The nine-hole course is wheelchair accessible.

  • Certain elements of the mini golf course will be interactive. However, for the safety of visitors, the Arboretum prohibits leaning on, climbing on, crawling on, or hanging on any of the props, obstacles, or decorations.

  • Only participating players may be on the course. Non-participants may use the available spectator seating.

  • Private events and birthday parties cannot be accommodated. Large groups who wish to play Wonder Woods Mini Golf will be split into smaller groups of 6.

  • Food and drinks, except water, will not be allowed on the course. The course is just steps away from the Visitor Center, where food and beverages are available for purchase in the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café.

  • A number of factors, including evening staffing needs, were considered in determining the hours for the mini golf course.

  • Only trained service dogs are allowed on the mini golf course.

  • The Arboretum is a smoke-free facility. Smoking, including vaping and the use of e-cigarettes, is strictly prohibited anywhere on the grounds, including the mini golf course.

  • The Arboretum will evaluate the experience and determine if we will be able to bring mini golf back in the future.

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