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.


Arbor Lodge State Historical Park
2600 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410, United States



Fall/Winter Hours (Nov.–Dec.):

Friday–Sunday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day, and New Year’s Day

Closed on Monday–Thursday


Grounds open daily; no admission or park permit required

Mansion Admission:
  • Adults $9
  • Children 3–12 $7
  • Children 2 and under FREE


Contact Details

Phone: +1 402-873-7222

Official Website: Arbor Lodge State Historical Park


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Arbor Lodge State Historical Park:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is a must-visit state park in Nebraska. Check out other state parks in Nebraska here.

Nebraska State Parks