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Anderson Japanese Gardens

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Address: 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: 815-229-9390
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well...
This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings, sculptures and strolling paths.
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Beautiful & Serene

You will love this place for its beauty and serenity. I have visited here several times over the years and its is always changing. You can take your time and sit and enjoy the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Pecatonica, Illinois
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Pecatonica, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

You will love this place for its beauty and serenity. I have visited here several times over the years and its is always changing. You can take your time and sit and enjoy the views at several different spots in the gardens. Maybe you will want to feed the koi. You can purchase food for them. A restaurant will be... More 

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Nw Chicago Suburbs
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This is a positive gem of a Japanese garden -- all the traditional elements blend together beautifully. There are numerous areas to sit and enjoy the beauty. Plus, the waterfalls and the water elements--including fountains and brooks. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is that there was very little explanation of the elements of the design.... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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182 reviews 182 reviews
72 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Everything was starting to bloom and the authenticity was lovely and made everything very peaceful. Wonderful plants and trees perfectly choose and placed with water, rocks, and different pathways. Heaven

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Lake in the Hills, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

It was a little pricey to get into the gardens, but if you really plan to spend some time there it is worth it. Opt for the bag of fish food and feed the coy fish, geese and bass in the 3 ponds. We had a lot of fun attracting fish and geese to the food and watching them swim.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very sceinic and beautiful and it is a very good place to meditate. Well taken care especially the waterfalls and the fishes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Anderson Gardens is one of the gems that needs more promotion. It is a beautiful tranquil spot in Rockford, IL, that deserves to be promoted more than it is now. It makes Rockford a destination and not an afterthought. It has beautiful foliage, flora, water falls, and ponds. Strolling through the Garden is a relaxing and refreshing activity. My only... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is one of the best Japanese gardens in the world. The addition is not as authentic, but still nice. I have been there many times, attended a wedding there.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Nice space for a large event! I had my bridal shower here and enjoyed the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the gardens.

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Rockford, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Ponds, fish, trees, trails, turtles, beautiful. It has them all and many, many people come from all over to visit this Japanese Gardens. They are known the world over. Bring your camera and be ready to relax... bring a book to read on the benches, look at all the pretty flowers... oh hum, I am so relaxed!

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Rockford IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Anderson is among the greatest gardens in the world. Impeccably maintained, there has been a Tuesday night bandshell playing for the last couple of years. It is a great way to view the gardens and have fun with family. There are shuttles from the Medical College for extra parking.

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