This season, the Arboretum is looking forward to better facilitating bike usage on the grounds. We advise visitors to walk or bike to the landscape while parking is limited, and to consider doing so even once parking spaces reopen (if feasible). For now, we ask that you use the marked bicycle racks near the entrance to meet your fellow travelers as they enjoy a stroll through the arboretum.
Bikes are not only good for exercise, but also for getting around town when you don't want to drive a car. The city has made efforts to improve biking facilities over the years, and there are many areas within walking distance of downtown that are perfect for exploring by bike. If you're interested in learning more about biking in Philadelphia, visit the League of American Bicyclists' website at phila.mapsoutwest.com/bike/.
The Arboretum is a great place to ride a bike. There are several trails that will take you through wooded areas, by the river, and along the edge of the park.
You can find information about the different trails online or during visiting hours at the visitor center.
Bikes are not permitted on any of the arboretum's trails. The entire trip is roughly 12 miles long and will take about 50 minutes. You can bring your own, or use one of ours with the rental fee included.
Rentals are available from May through October. They cost $25 for adults and $12 for children under 13. Children under 5 are free. There is also a discounted rate of $20 for adults and $10 for children. These prices include keys, locks, and maps to help you find your way around the arboretum. If you would like to rent a bike for a single ride, then the regular price of $25/$12 is applied.
You can rent bikes at either of the two locations within the arboretum: The Hiker-Biker Center or The Little Red House. Both are easy to find; the Little Red House is near the main entrance off of High Street while the Hiker-Biker Center can be found near the Visitor Center.
You can book a spot on the website or by phone. There is no charge for online booking but there is a $3 service fee for telephone reservations.
Location-specific instructions for both sites can be found below.
Throughout the year, pay and display metered parking is available at the Arboretum for a fee of $5 per hour up to a maximum of $15. On weekdays before noon and after 3pm, the price is reduced to $2 per hour.
There are also two free parking areas at the Arboretum: the East Drive Garage and the West Drive Garage. These garages are accessible from East Drive or West Drive. No tickets are sold at the entry gates to these free parking areas.
Parking spaces in both garages are limited on a first-come, first-served basis. They can get crowded, so try to arrive early if you want to be sure of getting a spot.
The East Drive Garage is across the street from the main entrance to the Arboretum. The West Drive Garage is farther down West Drive, near the intersection with Research Forest Road.
Both garages have restrooms available. The East Drive Garage has showers too but they're usually filled by early afternoon. There's also a laundry room in this garage that will wash and dry clothes.
In addition to the two free parking areas, the Arboretum has paid parking at several other locations around the site.
The Bartlett Arboretum is a lovely place for people of all ages to explore, enjoy, and learn about the natural world's ecosystems. Find out more. Concerts and events We always have something planned to connect you to nature and our community, from classical and rock concerts to tours and family events. Check out what's coming up.
The Bartlett is home to over 6,000 plants from around the world. There are also many trails through the arboretum for walking, running, biking, etc. In addition, the arboretum hosts more than 100 species of trees from 50 different countries. The arboretum is located in Bartlett Park on Miller Road (off of Route 102).
Bartlett residents love the park and its programs. Bartlett is known as the "Tree City USA" because of its commitment to protecting its citizens' access to outdoor activities by providing them with opportunities to go hiking, biking, rollerblading, etc. in their town.
People come from across New England to walk among the trees at the Bartlett. In fact, it's one of the largest urban woodlands in North America. You don't have to be a resident of Bartlett to visit the arboretum, but if you are a fan of nature you should consider making the trip here!
The Arnold Arboretum is a free and safe place for children to explore nature's marvels. Enjoy a variety of self-guided family activities in the Arboretum. Pick up a trail map at the Information Center for easy route planning.
There are also weekly events throughout the year at the Arboretum that include live music, food trucks, and fireworks. Check out our event calendar for details on what's happening next month or look through our past events here.
Also free with admission is the ARK, which is home to more than 10,000 plants from around the world. The collection is divided into four main sections: living collections, which include trees, shrubs, and flowering plants; educational displays; cultural collections; and outdoor gardens.
The best time to visit the Arboretum is between April and October. Plan ahead if you'd like to see certain exhibits because some are only available by guided tour.
Visitors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who has registered as such with the National Park Service. Children under 17 can participate in many Arboretum programs but cannot enter certain areas of the museum or take part in some activities (such as rock climbing).
Arboretums are locations where rare plants and trees may be safeguarded and propagated to conserve our planet's biological variety, similar to how zoos have played an important role in educating people about animals and their ecosystems and protecting endangered species. Many araretums are located within or adjacent to parks or other protected areas such as forests, wetlands, or historic sites. The term itself is derived from the Italian word for tree or forest, which reflects the fact that these facilities were first established by men who were mostly farmers or hunters who wanted to grow or preserve fruit trees for their own use.
In general, arboretums are protected by state law or local ordinance. The regulations will vary depending on the location and owner of the arboretum. Some common rules include restrictions on cutting down trees, prohibiting certain activities during certain times of the year, and requiring a permit before you can do any kind of work at an arboretum.
People sometimes break into arboretums to steal trees or plants, so make sure to lock up your yard if it's not inside of a fence. You might also want to put up some signs warning people not to come onto your property. Finally, call your local police department if you see anything out of place at an arboretum. They can help you report this crime and arrest anyone involved.