Nature's calm serenity encourages meditation, a moment to ponder the forest's immense vastness and consider how to pick up enough cell-phone reception to get back to the highway. Enjoy nature without straying too far with today's Groupon to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get an individual one-day pass (up to a $10 value).
- For $18, you get a family pack of four one-day passes (up to a $40 value).
Regularly priced admission for children ages 5–12 is $5; children age 4 and younger are admitted free.
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens sprawls over three miles of picturesque trails, 360 acres of gardens, prairies, and wetlands resting atop a glacial moraine. Families and Fido can tackle one of four trails, including the Bluebird Trail, a 1.5-mile jaunt that abuts the Savanna Wetlands, where bluebirds and bobolinks soar across the prairie. Other trails offer per-chance views of grazing white-tailed deer or fluttering local birds. Spiderwort and foxglove wildflower blossoms commingle with the prairie's lanky natural grasses; bald cypress trees and ferns loiter over Buttonbush Swamp's wetlands.
For formal horticultural appetites, the Hitz Family Rose Garden features 50 varieties of the flower synonymous with romance and painful prom memories. The Railway Garden weaves seven loops of automated model trains over an acre of gardens sporting 500 plant varieties.
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens beckons guests with 330 acres of oak-lined pathways, themed gardens, and natural amphitheaters. The varied gardens give guests a chance to explore landscapes from around the world, trekking from savanna wetlands to a monarch-butterfly waystation filled with milkweed and nectar flowers.
The staff at Taltree leads guests through these luscious surroundings on guided hikes that explore the grounds and illuminate scientific and botanical principles. From the rose garden to the animal habitats, the tour guides opine on the biology behind the specimens. Guests can even enjoy educational classes that teach a variety of subjects, such as painting, yoga, and science.
450 W 100 N
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385