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Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

#1 of 4 Tours in Valparaiso Features Animals
450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385
+1 219-462-0025
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Best model train track in the state!

The model train track is one of a kind, and took millions to make it so. From bridges, to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Valparaiso, Indiana

Absolutely beautiful place to go for us senior citizens and our grandchildren!! Dedicated and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bill M
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“model trains” (11 reviews)
“railroad” (21 reviews)
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450 West 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385
+1 219-462-0025

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Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank jzpurdue
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Jim_Deck
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.

Thank toniszym
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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

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 11 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

Thank Explorerfam5
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The staff was delightful, polite, and knowledgeable. This outing was perfect for 2 year olds and up. Can't wait for the summer concerts!

Thank runningbarb
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
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How much time should I plan to spend in order to have an enjoyable visit with small children and seniors?
5 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
Are outside animals allowed?
5 November 2015|
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Response from Taltree A | Property representative |
Hello, We allow pets as long as they are leashed at all times; however, animals are not allowed in the Visitor's Center or Railway Garden
Are there public washrooms with flush toilets? Are there restaurants or snack food and beverages available?
6 August 2015|
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Response from Taltree A | Property representative |
Thank you for asking. We have public restrooms with running water and flushing toilets in 2 locations. We have a visitors center with hot dogs, popcorn, and other snacks and beverages available for purchase.