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Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
815-229-9390
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Rockford
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well as the other buildings...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Rockford, IL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've seen several Japanese gardens all over the world and it is no surprise that this is one of the top rated gardens in the world. Allow plenty of time to stroll around the ponds. Or try Music in the Gardens on a warm summer night.

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This peaceful beauty is tucked away in the middle of bustling Rockford, but when your there, you couldn't feel farther away. The gorgeous landscape and flowers are outdone only by the serene pond filled with koi. This is an unbelievable value for an incredible, calming experience.

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Rockford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Very beautiful and the flowers are gorgeous. This is a great walk and the scenery is very pretty. Unfortunately I feel that the food is a little bit pricey.

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Roscoe, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It's amazing that a place like this exists locally! When I visited, it felt like I was no longer in Rockford. It's simply beautiful. Tucked away from the outside world is beautiful trees, flowers, a couple of large ponds and what feels like a small adventure! Open year round it's nice to go for the different seasons, fall and spring... More 

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Bring a book and enjoy the serenity. Two large ponds, lots of fun fish, wandering paths, fabulous landscaping! Pack a picnic or try the local fare on Tuesdays for Music in the Gardens. A treasure of Rockford.

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Rockford, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Filled with waterfalls,ponds and exotic varieties of plants, trees, flowers and Japanese architecture, this a national gem not to be missed.

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Rockford, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Visit the gardens for the 1st time since living here and I realized I've been neglecting an incredible, outstanding,breathtaking place.Fall colors were getting started and they were picture perfect.We enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and variety along with the ducks and fishes in the pond.Will be back every year.

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Rockford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Looking for peace and quiet and leave the troubles of the day behind then Anderson Gardens is where you need to be. A quiet place to refect and enjoy nature that surrounds you. Whether your alone or sharing this experience with family and friends you'll be sure to come away having experienced the calm that Anderson Gardens offers all. Make... More 

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Poplar Grove, IL
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Anderson Japanese Gardens is one of those special places that transport you from everyday to the extraordinary. It is many things: a thoughtful and serene Japanese garden; an oasis amidst the everyday life; a tranquil pond and path to encourage peace and meditation; a fun place to learn of Japanese culture and lifestyle. Besides the physical grounds themselves, Anderson Gardens... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We had a great time! The brochures are given at the visitor center so you can follow the trails indicated on the map.

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