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West of the Lake Gardens

915 Memorial Drive, Manitowoc, WI
920-684-6110
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Manitowoc
Type: Gardens
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Flint, mi
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788 reviews 788 reviews
161 attraction reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The gardens in early September are so beautiful and colorful (with the sound of breaking waves from the lake in the background), I felt like I was in some of Hawaii's best ocean-side gardens. OK...the greenery was not tropical, but amazingly, the colors of the gardens were just as brilliant and beautiful. I was so impressed in the layout of... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

These small but exquisite gardens are privately maintained and free to the public. We visited in mid August and every flower seemed to be at peak beauty. The koi pond was lovely and will get lovelier with time. Well worth the visit for even casual garden enjoyers who are in the Manitowoc area.

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Holland, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The flowers and grounds were beautiful, lots of variety, small pond with waterfall. Groundskeepers were available for questions and were quite knowledgeable. Located right next to Lake Michigan, the views were wonderful. There is no charge for admission.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We discovered this amazing garden quite by accident and were overjoyed to spend a very peaceful afternoon admiring and photographing the lovely landscape. The views of the lake were outstanding, the flowers phenomenal and the landscape design to be envied. Paul was in charge of the gardens that day and was so hospitable in sharing his knowledge of the history... More

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Wisconsin
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140 reviews 140 reviews
43 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Driving past the property, you would never guess what beautiful gardens exist inside the fence. My husband and recently stopped at the gardens with 9 other people and had a special treat - the man in charge of the gardens spent 1/2 hour with us, explaining how the gardens came into being and answered our questions. It made us appreciate... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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164 reviews 164 reviews
53 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We found this lovely attraction by chance and were so thrilled that we did. The flowers and landscaping are spectacular. And the view onto Lake Michigan is amazing. A family purchased this home and acreage in the 1930's and Mrs. West made it into what it is today. They have a foundation that funds it's existence for all of us... More

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Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Just heard about this place last year. We went twice and took our parents along. We all thought this place was very nice and really well kept up. The flowers are awesome. They really do a great job, and there is no admission fee:)

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

What a special place this is! I go there several times a year and never tire of it. Everything is so lovely and immaculate! The staff does an excellent job! So many flowers, so many colors, and Lake Michigan as a back drop is stunning!

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Been here a few times and just gorgeous every time ...a must see when you visit Manitowoc if you love flowers...the water...or koi!

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Manitowoc
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I love the West Gardens and stop there every few weeks in the summer. The flowers are always growing which makes the garden look different. The have added several new things in the last few years. It is so well kept it is hard to believe. I visit pubic gardens when ever I can and this is a true gem.

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