Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway Celebrates an Encore Circus Week with Trapeze Artists from The Secret Circus

PHILADELPHIA –Celebrate an encore Circus Week at the Morris Arboretum Garden Railway (August 27September 5) in “high style,” with the artistry of The Secret Circus, on Sunday, September 4, 11:30am and 1pm in the Azalea Meadow.  With their 18.5 foot portable aerial rig fit for silks, trapeze, and lyra, this traveling aerial and circus performance company bring the gift of cirque anywhere! Free with admission.

 The Secret Circus aerialist cropped

Hear the call of the ringmaster as you watch the colorful circus trains zip around the quarter mile track with their cargo of elephants, tigers & dinosaurs.  There’s even a train transporting chickens playing the chicken dance tune!

P1080361JudyMillerCircusTrain-sharpenedsmallAt the Railway, look for the Awaken the Senses” (the ’16 summer theme) featured buildings that incorporate one or two of the five senses in the structure.  See Sleeping Beauty’s intricately detailed castle.  Imagine the fire heat from the Dragon’s Lair and the sweet smells wafting from Randy’s Donut Shop.  And be sure to feel the various natural materials on the Touch Board of samples used in the miniature world of the Garden Railway.

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.  The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure Exhibit adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing.  Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends10am-5pm.  Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8:00pm.  For more information,


Photo Credit: Trapeze – Marie Ingegneri; Circus Trains – Judy Miller