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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 Arboretum; But the Train Garden puts it OVER THE TOP!

We took our 1.5 y/o to Taltree to see the Train Garden because he loves "choo-choos" and we were... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Jamie W
Great Fun

Truly a great place to take the kids! My 10 year old loved it as much as my two year old. It's so... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Adrianne J
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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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450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385
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Reviewed 12 July 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

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Reviewed 10 July 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
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Reviewed 10 July 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

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

A beautiful little Arboretum located just outside Valparaiso, Indiana. This lovely wooded area is a great place to spend the day hiking the few paths, bird watching, checking out their small live animal area or taking in our all time favorite, their fabulous -outdoor-model train...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

The model train track is one of a kind, and took millions to make it so. From bridges, to waterfalls, to mountains, to the plains, it has it all. There are also some animals on the property which my kids love to watch and nice...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful place to go for us senior citizens and our grandchildren!! Dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers help make this place a wonderful experience and well worth the visit!!

Thank Bill M
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

While Taltree offers a look at beautiful trees,flowers, and a chance to see some of Indiana's rare birds, there's another treat in store. The huge garden railroad rivals the old indoor one at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. It is simply model railroading at...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2017

Plenty of shorter trails make this an easy run or hike. Just loop a couple of times to get in distance. The red trail is a bit more steep and wooded.

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Taltree is a gem located outside of Valparaiso, Indiana. It has many activities and also boasts of venues where outside activities (such as weddings and family reunions) may be held. Depending on the day of your visit, you may see different types of foliage and...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I occasionally take the kids here for events they hold. They are so fun and such a great time. Very family friendly. A wonderful place to go for a walk and spend time outdoors. Their 4th of July fireworks are very fun. We have gone...More

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JesseKats
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!
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itsMoustachio
4 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
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