Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is the original home of the Morton family. It was here in 1872 that the idea for the first Arbor Day began — as a way to encourage people everywhere to plant trees so desperately needed. On the first Arbor Day, nearly 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska.
The highlight of this 72-acre park is the historic mansion, with its 52 rooms and countless historic artifacts belonging to the Morton Family. The park also includes an arboretum, Italian terraced garden, log cabin, carriage house, walking trails, more than 200 varieties of lilacs, and a charming whispering bench. The mansion is open for tours and special events under the direction of the Arbor Day Foundation.
Grounds open daily; no admission or park permit required
Mansion Fall Hours (Sept.–Oct.):
- Tuesday–Friday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- Saturday–Sunday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- AppleJack Festival Weekends (Sept. 18, 19, 25, 26 & Oct. 2, 3) Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
- Closed on Monday
- Adults $9
- Children 3–12 $7
- Children 2 and under FREE
You’ll have unlimited year-long access to the mansion.
- Family Pass $59
- Grandparents Pass $59
- Individual Pass $29