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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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The layout of the train tracks with several different trains riding alongside various locations... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2016
Alan U
Wonderfully designed bonsai garden with train set

We came to sit and do pleonasm air painting but ran out of time and walked thru the area So nice to... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2016
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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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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“train garden” (17 reviews)
“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 10 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.

Thank Alan U
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We came to sit and do pleonasm air painting but ran out of time and walked thru the area So nice to see what the Indiana landscape was like when it was native prairie. Black eyed Susan's, coneflower and queens anne lace is blooming. Thankfully...More

Thank mfctennis
Reviewed 28 July 2016

I love this Arboretum and Garden. Taltree does a lot to bring a simple yet elegant beauty to the spacious ancient grounds. If you are looking for a secret garden experience, Taltree is the ideal place.

Thank patricialL8391XB
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great place to hike and wonder to see nature at its best. The train depot is a must for kids to see the impact of the railroad on the growth of the U.S.

Thank d0l0mite
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The model railroad is great entertainment for all ages. You can walk around several times and see something different each time. If you love nature, this is the place to go. There are several trails with plenty to see. There is a garden and small...More

Thank Eriecat
Reviewed 25 July 2016

It started pouring down rain shortly after we arrived at the rail road garden. We didn't get to see the trains running, but they let us see where the trains were stored. It was fascinating. They have other gardens and areas that you can see...More

Thank Kristi H
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We found this place online, and made sure that we made it a stop on our recent road trip. But it didn't live up to what we thought it would be. The main reason we went was for the train garden. Billed as almost an...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

If you love plants, the outdoors, and/or model railroading, you'll enjoy Taltree. Kids and adults alike will enjoy watching the model trains and their extensive North American landscape.

Thank mystic-kat
Reviewed 3 July 2016

We went to the concert at Taltree with another couple. There was plenty of parking and lawn space for seating. Bring your blanket or chairs as there are only a few picnic tables in this area. Nice variety of food, beverages for adults and children,...More

Thank Roberta2301
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

A hidden gem!! Have lived nearby for years and had never visited. I wished I had came sooner! Will def be back! Nature hikes are very relaxing. Saw lots of birds and 2 swans nesting. It is clean and staff is very friendly. Great for...More

Thank JCxKYgal
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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.