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Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden

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Address: 1925 S Batavia Ave, Geneva, IL 60134-3309
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+1 630-377-6424

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Almost Drove Right By

My kids and I saw the windmill as we were headed to lunch in the area and decided to pull in after nearly missing the driveway on the way back through. We didn't walk through the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marion, Illinois
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Marion, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My kids and I saw the windmill as we were headed to lunch in the area and decided to pull in after nearly missing the driveway on the way back through. We didn't walk through the entire park because it was cold out but the kids (both pre-teen) enjoyed crossing the river and doing a bit of exploring. It would... More 

Thank ANR_78
Chicago, IL
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

It's easy to blow right by this place, the sign and the entrance to the parking lot are set back from the street. I wanted to get outside and walk or hike even though today was cold and I ended up spending a good amount of time here. The forest preserve is big. A lot of geese and mallards (I... More 

Thank Adventureous1
Geneva, Illinois
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Fabyan Japanese Garden is one of many enjoyable side trips when walking (or biking) along the Fox River. The garden is meticulously maintained and is worth the voluntary admission fee anytime it's open. Depending on the time of year, you may see flowers, frogs, birds and other wildlife. From there, it's an easy walk across the island bridges to... More 

Thank Jane C
Wheaton, Illinois
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298 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Stunning Japanese Gardens and surrounding garden areas are perfect for a leisurely walk or other outdoor activities. Tour of the mansion is especially interesting and is free. Nice for a Saturday or Sunday outing.

Thank jacy2
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49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

The park is a really nice place to walk around and let kids run. The gardens are unusual be not overly fancy. It is free so well worth getting out and enjoying the entire estate

Thank danl32
West Chicago, Illinois
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931 reviews
353 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

There is a lot of history in the Fabyan Villa Museum and it and the Japanese Garden should really be on separate reviews as you pay to take the docent led villa museum but the gardens are free and well worth the time to see them. Be alerted that the Thurs hours for both locations are only in July and... More 

1 Thank sue o
Geneva, Switzerland
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I take visiting guest to this and everyone loves it, even if they are not Master Gardeners! The Villa is so interesting, as was Fabyan.

Thank Granni1
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Great day trip- So much to see. The garden is beautiful, does have a tendency to be closed at odd time, however you are able to view the garden from outside the gate. The Villa museum is very interesting and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the house across the street too (Across Rt. 25). The park around Fabyan... More 

2 Thank Kate P
Geneva, Illinois
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Gorgeous gardens. Take your camera! An amazing place. Unique site. Wander around and you will find wonderful spots to photograph. The Japanese gardens are lovely but there is a LOT more to see there. Make sure to walk across the bridge to the other side of the river to see the windmill. Picnic areas, huge trees. Truly a Northern Illinois... More 

1 Thank zanner58
Rockford, Illinois
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249 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

This is a hidden gem. Be sure to allow enough time to fully explore both the garden and windmill. Also be sure to come back when the seasons change, because the beauty of the garden changes with the seasons.

Thank AJLIllinois

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