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Address: 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone Number: +1 219-462-0025
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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to...

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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We have just moved to the area and found this placed by accident. We had a friend visit and we went to take a look. We came to this area from Chicago, where there are a few... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kenneth Z
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have just moved to the area and found this placed by accident. We had a friend visit and we went to take a look. We came to this area from Chicago, where there are a few arboretums this one is modest but very nice and a nice place to take a walk. Worth a visit.

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Thank Kenneth Z
Lake Villa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Taltree on a weekend get away with folks with whom I used to teach. There were 6 couples all together but we didn't try to tour the grounds in a big group. We were walking with just one other couple. Our first stop was the G-guage railroad set up. It was enormous and all in great working order.... More 

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Thank Linda M
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We only visited the train garden that was spectacular. Just amazing how the vegetation matched the size of the model trains. It will entertain families of all ages.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This was a find on the PBS show Tracks Ahead. It is a magnificent garden railroad which we were fortunate enough to visit on a brilliant sunny Monday just as the trains were being set out.at 10 a.m. The visitor center staff were all friendly and helpful and the head trainsman for the day was a delight and a font... More 

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Staff was helpful in navigating the grounds. Many volunteers help keep the arboretum trimmed and clean. Train layout is unique and interesting. Has play area for children. Pond had surface growth, due to farm run off (about the only thing con of the place) Would recommend this arboretum to anyone who enjoys flowers and nature.

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is a young arboretum with an extensive model train layout. The varieties of trees and bushes are labeled. A nice place to visit with kids. Arrived early and trains not running. Volunteers most helpful and knowledgeable.A better self guiding tour sheet is strongly recommended.Located in a nice neighborhood.

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Thank Tony5020
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

You need a full day to explore this place. The train garden is super cool, the playground could be bigger and wish it wasn't next to a pond - all my toddler wanted to do was play in the pond so it distracted her from the equipment, gardens were nice, and just an overall pleasant experience. We will go back... More 

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Thank Christopher D
Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Natural environment. Lots of wild plants and flowers. Small areas with some domestic animals for children to watch. If u like snakes there are some in the wild! Tadpoles and frogs. Many hiking paths. Just a great place to relax.

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Northwest Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Taltree is absolutely beautiful any time of year! It makes a perfect spot for a wedding, for peace and tranquility, a fun train, and abundant flora and fauna! Not to be missed for the nature lover.

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Hebron
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

The layout of the train tracks with several different trains riding alongside various locations displayed in amazing & accurate detail. Great experience for a range of ages.

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