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“A nice time, but pricey if you just want to spend an hour in the Railroad garden.”

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours 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.
Columbus, Ohio
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77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A nice time, but pricey if you just want to spend an hour in the Railroad garden.”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We had a very nice time visiting the Railroad Garden. We went with my Grandmother who uses a walker. Although her rate is discounted it was still a little pricey since all we did was spend about an hour there. But the trains were fun and the garden beautiful. Made some great memories.

Visited July 2014
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Taltree A, Public Relations Manager at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Thank you for coming out! We're always looking for feedback to improve the customer experience. Glad you enjoyed your limited time with us. We hope you come back. Travel tip: First Tuesday of the month offers free general admission.
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Dubois, Indiana
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice stop”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

We didn't have a whole lot of time to spend here and my kids (8 and 12) were nearing the end of their "vacation mindset" but they still enjoyed the train set. It was pretty neat. We didn't realize that it went in a certain order, so we walked through the entire thing going in the wrong direction! Turn RIGHT when you go out the door! They also enjoyed the musical "instruments" and the vegetable garden in one of the outdoor areas. This is worth going to, whether you have just an hour or several hours to kill.

Visited June 2014
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Taltree A, Public Relations Manager at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Glad you could stop by, even if it was only for a short time! The Railway Garden and Adventure Garden are always fun to check out. Come back and see us again!
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Ogden Dunes, IN
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64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“kids want to return again and again”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I signed up for a family membership with Groupon. We live at Lake Michigan and don't often wander South to hike as there are many trails here. But, with one child in a daily summer camp in Valpo, I thought that this might be a nice activity for my other children. We activated the membership on Monday and they have insisted on returning on Tuesday and now on Wednesday. I even presented them with other options involving slides and yes - laser tag. They said no to the other options and insisted that we return to Taltree. They have had so much fun exploring the trains, the Adventure Garden, and they even enjoyed reading the signage on the various Oaks in the Oak garden. I have enjoyed the easy hikes and just being out with the kids. . . and yes, they told their dad tonight that we are going back tomorrow.

Visited July 2014
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Taltree A, Public Relations Manager at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Glad to hear you are taking full advantage of your membership! We are so happy they love it here. The landscape changes daily, so there is always something new to see.
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orland park, il.
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187 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Great place to take your grand kids”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

The model train displays is the biggest and best I have ever seen. We took our grand kids and had a wonderful day. They totally enjoyed the trains. Then we walked the gardens. They loved taking pictures of the animals and playing the musical instruments in the adventure garden.

Visited June 2014
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Taltree A, Public Relations Manager at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
So glad you and your grandchildren enjoyed your visit here! The Adventure and Railway Garden are definitely fun places for the whole family to check out! Come see us again!
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Palm Bay, Florida
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946 reviews
477 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
“Weather was cold but model train displays worth the visit”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Very picturesque place with great gardens. Not to be missed is the large model train displays. Would have spent more time if the weather was warmer.

Visited May 2014
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Taltree A, Public Relations Manager at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
We’re glad you enjoyed your visit here! The Railway Garden is definitely a must see. Thanks for coming out!
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