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Allerton Park & Retreat Center, Monticello

(4.6/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
Named one of the 7 Wonders of Illinois by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, Allerton offers 1,500 acres of beautiful, outdoor surroundings. This picturesque setting includes:

Extensive formal gardens

More than 100 outdoor sculptures and garden ornaments

Natural areas including the Sangamon River, floodplains, lowland and upland forests, a meadow and a 30-acre demonstration prairie

14 miles of interpretive hiking trails

A century-old, Georgian-style mansion with reflecting pond
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  • I was here as a guest at my nephew's wedding. The ceremony and rehearsal were held in the mansion, and our party had all the rooms at Allerton that weekend. I can't say enough good things about this p...  more »
  • I first became acquainted with Robert Allerton Park as a student at the University of Illinois in the late 1950s when I learned that Illinois' football team always spent the night before a home game r...  more »
  • The Allerton Barn is such a beautiful place for a wedding ceremony. Rustic yet elegant. Great lighting up stairs for a romantic ceremony. Inside and outside of the barn make for amazing pictures.  more »
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  • The park is truly amazing! Have been going since nice I was little with my family. Now I can share this wonderful experience with my own children. Highly recommend. Beautiful grounds and the statues are exquisite!
  • If you're like me and you need a change of scenery from the city & cornfields to the woods and streams, this is a great escape. The grounds are beautiful, from the mansion and its gardens (which have picnic tables and public restrooms if outhouses aren't up your alley) to the miles of hiking trails. It's fun to visit year round and see the changes of the season, though I'd recommend wearing bug spray in the summer, for the mosquitoes are voracious near the Sangamon Creek. This is a great place to get your nature fix.
  • This facility is really lovely. Both the mansion and the grounds are a treat to visit. For large meetings or workshops the first floor of the house is a great location. The staff is very accommodating, and the catering is pretty good too.
  • I LOVE old mansions and I especially loved this one. Even though visitors are not allowed inside unless you have a special occasion, it was still cool to see the outside of it. The amount of acreage around it is totally awesome too! They keep that place upright and clean for visitors to come and hike around to look at all the flowers and statues. Very good!
  • This park is full of nasty old white people. I was there and they all tried to give me a job while. Also, they frown upon pee-ing on trees. PUT THE BATHROOMS CLOSERS GEEZ-LOUIS