Encompassing well over 100-acres of indoor and outdoor garden exploration, this fascinating attraction features the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection that I have found anywhere around the Midwest. Frederik Meijer Gardens boasts the largest tropical conservatory in Michigan, and has easy to navigate nature trails, guided tram tours and even a 5-acre Children’s Garden.
We last visited on a windy, sunshine filled, weekday in the Fall. The crowds were minimal and the natural Autumn colors and man-made displays were astounding. A thoroughly relaxing, enjoyable day spent walking, sitting, reflecting, and then walking some more. One of my favorite scultures was the Deborah Butterfield horse that appears to be made of well aged driftwood. It is actually a bronze casting made to LOOK like driftwood! Amazing.
They also have a capable and friendly staffed DeVos Family Gift Shop where I bought a small succulent cactus to remember our enjoyable day.
You should plan to bring your wallet ($12 adult entrance fee) as well as your camera, although there are many areas (i.e., in galleries and temporary exhibits) where photography is not permitted. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress 'outdoors' appropriately. Everywhere we went, the grounds and buildings accommodated wheelchairs and strollers and all of the outdoor areas had fully paved walkways, ramps and trails that would allow for easy maneuverability. Courtesy wheelchairs are also available for your use.
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