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 Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m by reservation only. (weather dependent).

We are pleased to announce that the Railway Garden will reopen on Saturday, August 8th and will continue to be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Timed-entry tickets are required to reduce the number of visitors in the Railway Garden at any given time to promote social distancing. Tickets are free with admission. All visitors MUST get a ticket online for the time they want to visit the Railway Garden. The ticket indicates the time you need to enter, but once you enter, you may stay as long as you like.

Only the outdoor areas of the arboretum are open so facial coverings are not required. All visitors must maintain social distancing of six feet or greater at all times from Arboretum employees and other visitors not in their immediate household.

The playground in the Railway Garden will be open and social distancing and hand sanitation is required. All arboretum facilities remain closed. Portable restrooms are available.

Reserve Tickets

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.