University of Illinois arboretum

Developed in 10 years from the 1980s to the 1990s University of Illinois Arboretum is beautiful, magnificent, and allows a deep connection with nature. Apart from being more relaxed and less burdened, this place is a gem to students in plant science. A place that supports teaching, research, and public service programs throughout campus. You will feel as if you are walking through a “Living Laboratory”. The University of Illinois Arboretum is located at 2001 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana. The popular places here are the Hosta Garden, Kari Walkway & native pond planting, and the Idea Garden at the University of Illinois.



The idea of building an area of beautiful flora, orchards, and forest plantation was originated in 1867. Students of the University of Illinois and the citizens are lucky to have this place without any admission fee. Here you can enjoy your walk in the Japanese tea garden, Zen Garden, cherry trees, native prairie plants, three-acre sunken garden. Hanging out near the pond is another fun activity at the park. The ⅓ a mile walkway that winds around the Arboretum’s ponds is mesmerizing.


Apart from being a Live Laboratory for students, this place has huge potential to be the hotspot of agriculture traveling. With the surge of agri-traveling where tourists love to be on vacation and enjoy learning the basic planting process. The University of Illinois Arboretum offers chainsaw training, planting the native prairie, native species plot, and demonstration bed. This activity is enriching for both kids and adults.


Be it sports, weddings, or community events make it special by choosing to conduct it at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The beautiful flowers and park setting are an add-on to your amazing photo album. This place is one of the most popular for outdoor wedding ceremonies and reception. The country track is often booked by the area schools or community members to organize a 10k run and track meet.


  • Earlier the University of Illinois Arboretum campus was located where the college of engineering currently exists.
  • During the 1900s the site was shifted to the south campus located near the observatory.
  • The Kari walkway given in Dr. Kari’s memory was built in 2011 by the contribution of his family.


The University of Illinois arboretum is a perfect picnic spot for family outings. You can also eat delicious snacks or grab a bite from the nearby restaurant famous one being Timpone’s and bread company on Goodwin. There are many interesting places to visit near this park. You can also be at Spurlock Museum, Krannert Art Museum, and Meadowbrook Park after your trip here.

What to expect

Being in our houses for more than a year due to Covid 19, this place is perfect to breathe the fresh and a break. The park is open from sunrise to sunset and admission to this place is free. The admission fee for the wedding is $850 with a 20% security deposit. This place offers to book two places at the same time in different locations.

Plan your visit

While visiting make sure to follow the latest Covid 19 guidelines and maintain social distancing. The parking at this place is free and you are allowed to bring in your own food and snacks. For more information please browse the University of Illinois arboretum website.

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