Family Attractions

Gabis Arboretum offers a variety of experiences for families and children of all ages. Here are some of our favorites:

Treesong Music Garden

This area explores the combination of music and nature with unique outdoor instruments. Each instrument explores a musical concept that imitates a piece of the natural world, like a bird or animal sound.

Railway Garden

This outdoor model train garden tells the story of America’s steam engine history. Children and adults alike enjoy watching the accurately portrayed model trains running through seven train loops with 3,000 feet of track, six water features, 30 handcrafted bridges and 850 tons of limestone. With special appearance runs by Thomas the Train and his friends, the Railway Garden should not be missed.

Trains run May to October on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weather dependent).

Adventure Garden

This exhibit showcases raised-bed vegetable gardening, green roofs, small play houses, a climbable wooden beehive and a giant climbable spider web. With a comfortable shaded seating area for adults, this exhibit can entertain for hours.

Heron Pond

Talk a walk around Heron Pond Trail, which surrounds the pond. This trail is less than half a mile and showcases the various aspects of small pond life. It’s common to have frogs jump near your feet and to see turtles sunning themselves on a warm day.