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Normandale Japanese Garden

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Address: 9700 France Ave S, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone Number: 952-487-8145
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The gardens are beautiful. Well maintained and serene. Spent about an hour enjoying the scenery. Very cool that gardens are on a campus.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2014
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The gardens are beautiful. Well maintained and serene. Spent about an hour enjoying the scenery. Very cool that gardens are on a campus.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I've visited several times and always enjoy the garden. Usually only a few other people there, so it is serene and very beautiful. Nice to watch the koi and turtles in the pond and relax.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Normandale Japanese Garden are one of the best secrets in Bloomington. Nobody knows about them. But if you find them your going to love them.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Just ten minutes from the hectic Mall of America this small garden is a great place spot to take a short walk in a quiet well kept garden. A pond with small fish, waterfall,several bridges and benches pathways make it very serene.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Normandale Japanese Garden is a pleasant oasis tucked behind Normandale Community College. The grounds and buildings are well-maintained and pleasing to the eye. I enjoy walking there any time of the year.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I visited this Japanese Garden after seeing it on Tripadvisor. I didn't even know that it was in my own backyard. It is quiet and tranquil with a beautiful landscape of trees, bushes native to Japan surrounding a pond stocked with Koi. It is located within Normandale college. The best thing of all is that it is free.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

On the north side of the Normandale Community College Campus is a picturesque Japanese Garden that is one of my favorite places to visit in Bloomington, Minnesota. The grounds are clean and neatly kept, the trees are excellently groomed, and the atmosphere is tranquil. Students at the college regularly stroll through the garden during school hours and groups frequently visit... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Such a wonderfully tranquil time wondering around the Japanese Garden. It was a beautiful day with bright sunshine. Off the beaten path and FREE!!

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Dallas, Tx
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Visited for wedding pictures and it is a fantastic spot for photos. Also good for visiting to admire and meditate.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Tucked behind Normandale College you will experience peace & tranquility in the beautiful Japanese Garden. This is a lovely place to visit and spend some time. Often enjoyed by the students of the college, the garden is open to the public (except when it is reserved for private functions). This little well-manicured beauty is definitely worth the trip!

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