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Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids

4.8
#1 of 267 in Parks in Michigan
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Frederik Meijer Gardens is ranked one of the "30 Must-See Museums" in the world by the author of "1,000 Things to See Before You Die." See over 170 sculptures by some of the world's best artists, as well as beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens. Rock landscapes by Philip diGiacomo and plant designs by Stephen Rosselet are the foundation of the gardens aesthetic. The Japanese Gardens showcase sculpture by international recognized artists, such as Anish Kapoor. Other areas in the gardens include the Gwen Frostic Woodland Shade Garden and the Michigan Farm Garden. Each area represents a different garden design from English coutry garden aesthetic to wild growth. Consult the website for a calendar of seasonal happenings and concerts in the attraction's outdoor amphitheater. Add Frederik Meijer Gardens and other attractions to your Grand Rapids trip itinerary using our Grand Rapids itinerary maker.
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4.8
  • Enjoyed the children's garden, Japanese garden and the Butterfly house. The tea house was sort of meh.  more »
  • I was pleasantly surprised at the magnitude of this property, the beautifully manicured gardens, the extensive variety of plant species and the delightful sculptures. What a wonderful contribution by ...  more »
  • i can not say enough about what a wonderful visit we had . the park was absolutely beautiful , the tram driver and tour guide were awesome and knew so much about the park ! it was a steamy 94 degrees ...  more »
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  • Great place to just hang out and see all the different plants! Every time I go there's always a different set up with different plants! You can find your inner peace in the Japanese Gardens or sail you boat on Lake Michigan in the children's garden. Walk across a board walk and see many animals Or refuel with great tasting food (defiantly better than cafeteria food)!
  • Absolutely love this place! The workers have a lot of knowledge on the sculptures and exhibits. It is breath taking with many garden scenes. My favorite was the Japanese garden and the second was the sculpture garden. You can ride trams, but I personally would walk to get the full experience! Plus you will miss out on sculptures that are hidden around turns that the tram can't drive to. Advise you to pack a backpack with sandwiches and drinks but they do have a refreshment area and convenient water fountains/bathrooms. Even if you don't have children go to the children's garden! Didn't see it all but what I did was so fun. They have wheel chairs if you want to bring an elder with you as well. Will go again!l
  • Totally sucks. They measure your chairs for concerts for what? Don't want them too high for what? They have yardsticks and actually measure every single chair for seat height and back height and if they pass put a band on them. Then they let everyone stand during the concert. Impossible to see the band or even any part of the stage. Never ever coming back and wouldn't recommend this venue. If I just wanted to hear music and not actually see the band I could have stayed home.
  • Beautiful and fun outdoor options for adults and little ones. Butterfly exhibit is a must visit. I'd love to see more indoor options for little ones but the treehouse and water table (shaped as the Great Lakes) are always a hit with my children. Absolutely amazing areas for a nice walk or run with the stroller.
  • Very interesting and fascinating art pieces! Tram tour and guide were excellent and well worth the $4 fee. The Japanese garden was truly remarkable. Great way to spend the day as part of our vacation.

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