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Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
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Beautiful Prairies, Oak Forests, Walking Trails and Model Train Gardens

We stopped here on Oct 22 to take a walk prior to our drive back to Chicago. If you are a Chicago... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Great for Kids and Adults Who Still Love Trains

We brought our grandchildren here for an outing. The trains are the star of the show. They... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving the environment, educating the public, and conserving a natural space for guests to enjoy. Situated on a beautiful 330-acre oak preserve of formal gardens, and restored...more
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450 W 100 N, Valparaiso, IN 46385-9230
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on Oct 22 to take a walk prior to our drive back to Chicago. If you are a Chicago Botanic Garden member entrance is free. We love the outdoors and really enjoyed their walking trails. The prairies are gorgeous even after the...More

Thank maryjok456
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We brought our grandchildren here for an outing. The trains are the star of the show. They operate outside and the landscaping reflects different settings. Our grandson especially was very impressed.

Thank RexGermanorium
Reviewed 7 September 2018

Lovely tranquil place to visit. Staff were around but were quite happy to leave to to mooch around. They had the uncanny knack of knowing when you wanted to ask a question. Well worth a visit

Thank martinbirch6215
Reviewed 22 August 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the short hikes, the gorgeous flowers and of course the trains! There is so much more here than we imagined. Even a small zoo. Parking was plentiful. I would suggest you bring your own picnic food and a make a day of...More

Thank Betsi B
Reviewed 6 August 2018

A place near US 30, but away from it all.Includes trails through and by pounds, Prairie, woods, gardens, and a entire miniature train village

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We heard about this place from the "I Love Toy Trains" series my children watch on Prime. Our travel route was passing through the general area, so we decided to take a detour to see the trains. We were there on a hot weekday afternoon...More

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 4 August 2018

So due to weather we stopped here on our way out of town and I am so glad we did. The railroad display was amazing with real trees and shrubs grown to scale. We were there the last day of the fairy house which was...More

Thank Christy C
Reviewed 30 July 2018

My wife and I took a drive to see the Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, We thought there would be more gardens to see besides the Railroad Gardens. The Railroad Gardens was a beautiful site to see. The rest of the place was basically walking trails....More

Thank cwillini
Reviewed 11 July 2018

The railroad garden is phenomenal! We enjoyed the trains, the history connected to them, the garden setting, and talking with the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. The railroad garden alone is worth the trip. We had mixed feelings on the balance of the facility. First it...More

1  Thank Norm F
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Trains for me made the visit! The trails are to be enjoyed for the walk in nature! The guided tour is well done and informative. The fee is a bit high but still worth the adventure. Go! enjoy nature. did I mention the miniture trains?

Thank 677rods
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9 August 2017|
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Response from runningbarb | Reviewed this property |
We did not see an owl at Talltree, but you can see (and pet) Saw-whet owls at the Indiana Dunes State Park. Check out their website for info. It's pretty amazing!
5 June 2017|
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Response from toniszym | Reviewed this property |
If you aren't going to be hiking then an hour should be plenty to visit the model railroad and the farm animals. The hiking trails vary in length and intensity if you decide to hike they could take anywhere from 45 minutes... More
5 November 2015|
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Response from George B | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. Sorry.