Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 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 & Sculpture Park and other attractions to your Grand Rapids trip itinerary using our Grand Rapids itinerary maker.
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  • We had never even heard of the Meijer Gardens until we were on our weekend away to Michigan. Wow am I glad we read the tourist brochures and took time to visit. This park has something for everyone; a...  read more »
  • We went during artprize and these displays were free. However we could not resist paying the entrance fee to see the rest of the various garden and sculpture displays. There are several sections and a...  read more »
  • We arrived only 90 minutes before closing time, but that was enough to at least get a peek at the carefully manicured gardens. It would have been nice to have time to leisurely stroll the extensive ga...  read more »
  • Can't believe we've lived here 10 years and only just got to this experience. Such a beautiful, serene place! It was a spontaneous Saturday trip and we caught a perfect day to stroll the grounds. Parking was easy, volunteer/staff were friendly and helpful, and while the parking lot appeared to be very full, the grounds are so spacious that we never felt crowded or rushed. The Japanese Garden lived up to the things we've heard about it (all great) and the sculpture collection was amazing to see. We are very fortunate to have this in our West Michigan community
  • Needed to get out of the house with a newborn. This was a nice stop during cool spring weather. Went during the butterfly exhibit. Admission for adults is pretty steep, but worth it. We were able to make a day of it. It's nice that it is such a large area - I was able to find a quiet spot to nurse, even though the gardens were really busy! We went right at opening during the butterfly exhibit - Would definitely suggest that, as when we were leaving, the line to get in was out to the parking lot. We didn't have a wait :)
  • Try to get here at least once every year or so. Interesting sculptures spread out throughout the venue. Japanese Garden is exceptional. The Children's Garden can be enjoyed by all. They always seem to be adding something new and interesting.
  • Grand rapids is blessed to have such a dedicated nature, art, and music venue with such generous donors (woo WMSC!) However the system for selling tickets for concerts is severely flawed. All of the tickets for the season shouldn't go on sale at once... that's laying a welcome mat down for ticket scalpers. We logged on with a Member account within 15-20 minutes of the member pre-sale starting, and we were unable to get tickets for the show we've been dying to see (of monsters and men)... I would've been willing to pay $80 a piece for two tickets, but I had no way to :(
  • Beautiful venue, but do not attempt this without an aggressive wedding planner. Staff is unresponsive in the planning stage. You can only email them or leave a voicemail message and hope they call you back. They only work on events in due date order, so if you have a question that affects other decisions, you may have to wait as long as a month for a response. They may or may not acknowledge your email, and they may only answer some of your questions. They will not give you guidance, so if you don't have a wedding planner, you are on your own. Actual schedules that they give you are subject to change on the day of the event. Important note: even though the website states you have free admission to the park, they mean only during the ceremony. We paid an extra $2500 to rent the waterfall space for our wedding. Our wedding was rained out, so we held the ceremony indoors. When the rain cleared after the ceremony, guests wanted to see the waterfall but they were prevented from taking a walk, being told they had to stay in the reception space. So embarrassing! Banquet staff was great, the food was good, but there was way too much unnecessary stress leading up to the event, and the issue of not leaving the building to enjoy a walk when we thought we had paid for that felt deceiving. We told our guests to enjoy a walk during the cocktail hour so we were embarrassed when they were apprehended by security! A wedding is probably the largest party you will give, and there are so many details. I can't recommend this venue unless you have an aggressive wedding planner. For outdoor venues, try Bay Point Inn - they were a breeze to work with, and there was no "fine print" in their contract.
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