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Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Valparaiso
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 June 2013

Oh what fun this is. I took our four year old here and he loves trains to begin with so when he seen this his eyes got so big it was funny. There are seven trains running at once. You just keep looking and try to follow where they are going. There is a display of G-gauge trains and miniature buildings and real landscape. There is a canyon, coal mine, rock quarry, and more. The mini buildings are in different scenes and shows the civil war, prairie towns, farm towns, and so much more. Every train had something different, one was pulling circus cars with animals inside, one was a logging train, it was great. I took over a hundred pictures and noticed things when l download them on the computer, like 3 women having tea on a roof top terrace, and a women holding a baby coming out of the bakery. Bring a pair of binoculars if you really want to take time and study each building display. We came home and showed my husband the pictures and now we are going again because he wants to see this. There are also other areas you can explore away from the trains. Bluebird trail, goldfinch trail, Heron trail, owl trail, and an area with live chickens and coming soon is goats. Bring a lunch and make a half day of this place.

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Reviewed 22 May 2013

This is a nice garden oasis in an area full of houses. They have some very nice gardens and the highlight for us was the train area. They have several trains that run through different city settings. The mini plants are a great added attraction.

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Reviewed 21 March 2013

this place has really come a long way! First started off small and not much here but now has really grown into a special place to visit! I love the train garden! and I'm not even a kid. I have be to many it it is alot better then the other that I have visited in Chicago area, and I understand they are going to make it even larger! So much detail really something to see for kids and adults!
also love the small trails around the park and have seen blue birds manay times in this park which is a special treat!They are usally around teh Lake area where the bird houses are. The rose garden is small but many pretty ones in in this garden.
the Wild flowers in spring are really something to see on teh trails. Visit ofen and differant times of teh year !
always something special to see!! FYI can use passes from other places to get in like the Mortan & chicago botantic garden family passes are accepted.

Thank Cheryl677
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

First time ever hiking the trails. We walked several miles in 0 degree wind chills. Unexpectedly came across two captive trumpeter swans which we observed for some time.

Thank JoeAndJen60515
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is a wonderful way to commune with the beauty of nature.....walk and hike the many trails, observe wildlife, attend a concert or an art show, visit the Depot and the miniature railroad....It's all good.

Thank Noreen F
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