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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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The best outdoor train set ever!

This is a very beautiful Arboretum. The outdoor train is a kids dream come true. It even has a... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Valparaiso, Indiana
Outdoor Model Railroad is a must see

Railroad is amazing and they have a few animals to see as well--chickens, goats, rabbits. Nice... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2017
Lori P
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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
+1 219-462-0025

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Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is a very beautiful Arboretum. The outdoor train is a kids dream come true. It even has a Thomas the Train huffing and chuffing up the mountain. There are numerous trains and sites to see. It's huge! There are animals to see, and they...More

Thank Wimpy69
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Railroad is amazing and they have a few animals to see as well--chickens, goats, rabbits. Nice trails.

Thank Lori P
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great place to go and relax. Be with country,I was able to come when they were taking part in the Valparaiso Garden Walk and it was beautiful.

Thank Marlene H
Reviewed 17 January 2017

As far as gardens go, I didn't find this to be spectacular, except in the model train area! There are a number of different climates and areas of the country represented in the model train "gardens." I love the miniature trees and plantings that help...More

Thank JKJ13
Reviewed 14 November 2016 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...More

Thank Kenneth Z
Reviewed 1 November 2016

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...More

Thank Linda M
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.

Thank kimberleya613
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...More

Thank MisterBuster
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...More

Thank rich08854
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...More

Thank Tony5020
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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!
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
4 November 2015|
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Response from George B | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. Sorry.