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Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest


450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385-9231


Phone: (219) 462-0025

Alt Phone: (219) 742-2571

Fax: (219) 462-0848


The Gabis Arboretum Railway Garden is a huge model railway garden that engages visitors in the amazing story of America's railroads. The railway lines include: Canyon, Mining, Mountain, Prairie, Steam Passenger, Steel Mills and the South Shore Line. There's even a 1920s-style railroad depot with vintage-style benches, panoramic views of the garden and a gift shop. NOTE: dogs are not allowed in the Visitors Center or the Railway Garden. Gabis is also a great place to walk and enjoy gardens, woods, a pond and prairies. Admission fees apply. NOTE: Although the Arboretum is open all year and has extended hours, the Railway Garden is only open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from May to October. Trains run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


  • Indoor
  • Outdoor