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Experience the beauty of the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres on a guided tram tour. This one-hour ride winds you through the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands, and prairie while listening to a narrated tour.

Please note that tours can sell out in advance of departure times, especially on weekends. Ticket sales end ten minutes prior to tram departure. Tram tours are wheelchair accessible.

Tours for families with young children are also available through the Arboretum’s Drop-in Acorn Express Adventures.

Registration information

  • Tram tickets are available at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center for the day of your visit only (no advanced reservations accepted).
  • Tickets cannot be purchased over the phone, online, or for another day.
  • Ticket fees are per person and do not include admission to the Arboretum.
  • Ticket fees only apply to the standard one-hour tours and not any of the Arboretum’s special topic tours (such as our Human+Nature tram tours), which have their own processes and pricing.
  • Coupons or vouchers need to be exchanged at the Information Desk for a timed ticket before riders can board the tram.
  • The Arboretum values the safety of its guests and reserves the right to cancel tram tours in the event of inclement weather.

Acorn Express

The regular Acorn Express tram tours are one hour long and the schedule varies. Please note that tours can sell out in advance of departure times, especially on weekends. Ticket sales end ten minutes prior to tram departure.

  • Adults $10 guests, $8 members
  • Seniors $9 guests, $7 members
  • Children $8 guests, $6 members

Centennial Tour

This special one hour tour focuses on the history of The Morton Arboretum and the Morton family. This tour is offered at 10:30 a.m. daily except on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • Adults $10 guests, $8 members
  • Seniors $9 guests, $7 members
  • Children $8 guests, $6 members

Acorn Express Adventures

This child-focused tram tour is 45 minutes long with craft activities and a hike included. Acorn Express Adventures are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. through the end of October. Each rider must be 2 years old or older and each rider needs their own ticket to ride the tram.

  • $8 guests, $6 members

Human+Nature Tram Tour

Offered on Wednesdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m., this special tram tour will take you on an exhilarating, 90-minute journey through Human+Nature—the Arboretum’s inspiring new eight-piece exhibition by South African artist, Daniel Popper. The walking distance from the tram drop-off point to a given sculpture varies from 0.1 miles to just under 0.5 miles and surfaces are either grass or wood-chipped trails. Complimentary coupons are not valid for this unique tour.

  • Adults $12 guests, $10 members
  • Seniors $11 guests, $9 members
  • Children $10 guests, $8 members

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