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Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

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450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385
+1 219-462-0025
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Beautiful place!!

This is such a beautiful place right here in Valpo! If you like to walk/hike the membership is the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Valparaiso, Indiana
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Taltree Arboretum

The grounds are very nice and the model train set up is extraordinary. Be prepared to walk a lot... read more

Reviewed 2 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 woodlands, wetlands, and prairie, Taltree hosts a variety of public classes, exhibits, and events. During visits, guests can explore approximately 6 miles of hiking trails and diverse landscapes, relax in the formal gardens, visit animals in the children's garden, enjoy the intricate Railway Garden, and more.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“model trains” (12 reviews)
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450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385
+1 219-462-0025

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is such a beautiful place right here in Valpo! If you like to walk/hike the membership is the way to go- several trails (all mowed) to choose from. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. They hold many workshops/classes throughout the year and have many events. A...More

Thank Bkelly270
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The grounds are very nice and the model train set up is extraordinary. Be prepared to walk a lot (easy walking) if you visit the entire garden and field areas.

Thank Larry S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing place. The whole place is so put together. The trains and the little towns and landscaping for the trains to run thru is unbelievable. It is a MUST see!

Thank HappyHoosier59
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a pond, railroad garden, plentiful flowers and biking/hiking trails. Events and classes are held here. Have been to a shower here, very pretty. Dog friendly.

Thank Melanie L
Reviewed August 4, 2017

The place is very nice. A real enjuyable afternoon. Trains are great! Animals are fun. Beautiful surroundings. Great flowers. My beef, the cost. I thought at $8 a head it is way overpriced. I think $10 per car would bring them lots more people. I'm...More

Thank john b
Reviewed July 25, 2017

They were meticulously landscaped. The details were stupendous! All the miniatures are rendered faithfully. As I even look at pictures, I can almost forget these are not full sized. Children visiting the same time we were also were having a ball. The other gardens are...More

Thank capturedbygrace
Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

this gets a 5/5 for the train garden alone! We visited with three young kids and only made it to the children's garden and train garden in 3 hours! There is even a great little train themed play area behind the trains. Our kids loved...More

Thank Jessie P
Reviewed July 12, 2017

We took our 1.5 y/o to Taltree to see the Train Garden because he loves "choo-choos" and we were NOT disappointed. We went first thing in the AM so it wasn't busy and he had full run to look at and point at all the...More

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Truly a great place to take the kids! My 10 year old loved it as much as my two year old. It's so easy to spend as much time hear as you want, or even just stop for a little walk!

Thank Adrianne J
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Taltree was a last minute, "something we have never done" type of trip as we were at our annual Indiana Dunes camping trip. The model trains along with the area displays were a definite treat and the attention to detail was remarkable. The Fairy Gardens...More

Thank mthornton213126
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August 9, 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!
June 4, 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
November 4, 2015|
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Response from George B | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. Sorry.