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June 13, 2018

Morris Arboretum's Garden Railway will get a circus-themed makeover

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the much-loved railway

Family-Friendly Morris Arboretum
Circus Week at Morris Arboretum's Garden Railway Judy Miller/Morris Arboretum

Circus Week at Morris Arboretum's Garden Railway will take place Saturday, June 30 through Sunday, July 8.

Morris Arboretum's popular Garden Railway is a must-see at the historic public garden. Toy trains chug past miniature Philadelphia landmarks made from natural materials, like acorns and twigs.

For 20 years, the quarter-mile of track with 15 different rail lines has been a family-friendly favorite.


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This summer, for one week only, visitors to the arboretum will have the chance to see the railway transformed.

From Saturday, June 30, through Sunday, July 8, it will be Circus Week at the Garden Railway.

Circus trains transporting elephants and tigers will chug past, and one will even play the "Chicken Dance."

At the railway this season, also look for new knickknacks related to the theme, "Time in the Garden." There will be a "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" clock, a rabbit with the book, Alice in Wonderland, an hourglass sculpture and a sundial.

Admission to the Garden Railway is free with arboretum admission, which is $19 for adults and $10 for those age 3 to 17.

The Morris Arboretum is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.


Circus Week at the Garden Railway

Saturday, June 30 through Sunday, July 8
Free with arboretum admission
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118