Mini-Golf is Coming to the Morton Arboretum!

We are so lucky to have the Morton Arboretum in our own backyard. Not only are they the champion of trees, but they also do a lot of really fun and interesting things year after year (the beer and cider fest being one of my favorites).

But now, they just announced, they are bringing in a 9-hole mini-golf experience to their forests in Lombard!

Thy are calling it Wonder Woods Mini Golf. The nine-hole pop-up course will be open May 24 through Sept. 2, with interactive, tree-themed features designed for all ages.

Each hole brings the Arboretum’s tree research to life in a playful way,” said Amy Scott, head of exhibitions. “People enjoy connecting to trees and nature through the Arboretum’s outdoor exhibitions, such as Of the Earth, and this imaginative mini golf course will be another fun way to develop an appreciation for trees, their benefits and their vital importance to a healthy environment.

It is being designed by the Arboretum and will incorporate whimsical features at each hole to illustrate different scientific concepts, including how sound is used by researchers to detect tree decay or what tree rings can tell scientists about the life of a tree and its environment. What a fantastic way to incorporate learning into a really fun, family experience (which seems like their area of expertise!).

Vibrant visual elements will also illustrate the roles trees play in reducing the impacts of climate change, supporting ecosystems and benefiting communities. For example, one area will include a fabricated tree canopy overhead that will provide shade to minigolfers, highlighting how trees cool streets and homes on hot days.

Our aim is to create a unique course that will be unlike anywhere else,” Scott said. “It will have unexpected elements, such as a foosball-inspired hole with acorns from various species of oak trees to a replica of the Chicago skyline with a stylized urban tree canopy.

The Mini Golf course will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Tickets for the attraction will be in addition to Arboretum general admission. Member tickets will be $8 for adults and $6 for children, and nonmember tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for children. Additional rounds of play will be available for purchase on-site for a nominal fee.

Also, make sure to check out the Of the Earth sculpture exhibition which will continue through spring 2025, and is also included with admission.

More information about the Arboretum’s new Mini Golf experience will be available at in 2024.