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Allerton Park & Retreat Center

Whether you are looking for a place to hold a pet-friendly special event, or just want to spend an afternoon taking in nature's beauty, Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, IL, offers all of that and more. It has 1500-acres of meadows, woodlands, gardens, hiking trails, farmsteads and amazing sculptures. Day visitors can enjoy hiking, picnicking and bird-watching. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash that is 6-feet in length or shorter. Please remember to clean up after your pup. Visit Website

Or call (217) 333-3287 or email allertoninfo@illinois.edu for more information.


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Allerton Park & Retreat Center has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 5 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 136 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Daisy
    Jul. 11, 2021
    Beautiful and wonderful experience

    We were able to walk the grounds and look at everything. It was absolutely gorgeous. Pet friendly for sure!

  • Deb
    Nov. 2, 2020
    Large Park and Meadows for Exercise

    Good variety of places to go walking with your doggie, also with a large open meadow space which is perfect for frisbee or other games. The "Inside Allerton Park" book is a great guide to the trails and gardens here. This is an all-season park to enjoy with your dog.

  • Paula
    Aug. 22, 2020
    Lovely Day In The Park

    Nice gardens, sculptures, and walking trail. After our hike, we enjoyed a picnic. Plus, it’s donation only.

  • Jenn
    More than a year ago
    Nice Time

    Beautiful gardens, expansive property, and very accepting of your pup.

  • Connie
    More than a year ago

    I visited Allerton Park several years ago and was completely impressed.. I wanted to know how Robert Allerton had the money to put together such an enchanting, beautiful place and wondered why he donated it to the college instead of willing it to relatives. It was nice when I saw it, but imagined how it was back in the day. . . The Sun Worshiper, The Centurian, the Foo dogs. . . It was like stepping back in time. A movie should be made of those times. It is so beautiful there.

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