Thanks to a generous donation from the McCraw Family, Allerton’s Visitor Center is currently under renovation, with an expected opening of early 2023. Located across from the Greenhouse Café, this new space will provide informative and interactive elements to enhance your discovery of all things Allerton.
For now, you can find essential information and tips for a successful Park visit here on our Virtual Visitor Center. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
TOP VISITOR QUESTIONS
Allerton is open every day* from 8am to sunset (*Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day).
Office hours are 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.
Find information and hours for the Greenhouse Café here.
There are several excellent resources available for history buffs. The book Robert Allerton: The Private Man & The Public Gifts is available for sale through our online store. If you prefer hearing the information in person, find more information about guided tours here. You can also find more information online here.
things to do
Explore the Formal Gardens
Allerton’s 14 Formal Gardens feature extensive plantings and over 100 ornaments and sculptures to discover. The Gardens were designed by Robert and John Gregg Allerton and are truly one-of-a-kind. As you stroll through his inspired creation, filled with sculptures collected from his travels around the world, you are transported from daily life into a place where cultural artifacts enhance Mother Nature’s best. (Tip: our Third Saturday Garden Tours offer visitors a detailed tour of the Formal Gardens! Learn more here). View the Gardens map here.
Hike the Trails
Allerton Park consists of over 1,500 acres including over 14 miles hiking trails. Experience the natural areas with a hike along one of our 7 trails where you can explore the variety of native species of forest trees and wildflowers. Each trail features the chance to spot various wildlife based on the trail and dependent upon the season. You may also encounter unique artwork along your journey. View the trails map here and check out our upcoming events for opportunities to join guided hikes.
Plan an Overnight Stay
Sometimes a day spent exploring the wonders of Allerton just isn’t enough. Experience more of what you love with an overnight stay. Take time to slow down and really get away as you discover the peace and magic that visitors have enjoyed for over 70 years. Lodging is available in the Mansion, Gatehouse, House in the Woods, or Evergreen Lodge. Find more information about lodging here and call 217-333-3287 to book your stay.