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Normandale Japanese Garden

9700 France Ave S, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN 55431
952-487-8145
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Bloomington
Type: Gardens
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Rochester, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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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
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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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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 reviews 19 reviews
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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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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

If you are looking for something simple to do check out the Normandale Japanese Garden. This a small, quaint, yet peaceful garden. Considering the location close to a major road you really do not get a lot of noise. You can easily spend a good 45 minutes here just walking around and sitting at one of the many benches that... More

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is a lovely quiet park. Sometimes the students study in the garden. It is clean and well cared for. My husband and I loved it so much we got married here.

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Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

high esthetic value, very well designed, very Japanese in sensibility. Definitely worth a 30 to 45 minute visit

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I have been to a few other Japanese Gardens, but this is the real deal. Check out their website for details: http://www.normandale.edu/JapaneseGarden/index.cfm Very authentic, and FREE! (Unless you want to do professional pics or weddings or other events.) Very relaxing place to walk around. It is mostly accessible, but there are some areas of the garden that are not wheelchair... More

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