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Anderson Japanese Gardens

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Address: 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107-1035
Phone Number: 815-229-9390
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This 12-acre Japanese garden includes a Guest House and Tea House as well...

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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Japanese Garden

Relaxing walk though a Japanese garden that is a beautiful place to visit. Kids would enjoy the ducks on the lake and the fish that are in the lake also

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Robert F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Relaxing walk though a Japanese garden that is a beautiful place to visit. Kids would enjoy the ducks on the lake and the fish that are in the lake also

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Thank Robert F
Rockford, Illinois
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to relax or watch a concert. It is not very large, but the gardens are beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice quiet place to spend some time relaxing. The gardens are nicely planned out the grounds are very well maintained.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well maintained paths meander around lovely and lush greenery. Small streams and ponds offer water features. One waterfall in particular is a stunner. The restaurant had an inviting view of the gardens. We would have had a cup of tea and a bite, but one table of ladies dominated the entire dining area with their chit chat.

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Thank Isthmuse
Roscoe, Illinois
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Could not believe that Rockford could have such a beautiful place for all to enjoy. Plan to spend some time and take it all in.

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Thank fishindude2015
Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have heard about these gardens for many years, and my husband and I decided to go out for a Sunday drive. The gardens weren't too crowded and we could explore at our own pace. It only took about 75 minutes to walk through the gardens. It is an inexpensive outing and worth the drive.

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Thank Blueiii596
Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Rated as one of the top Japanese gardens in the continental US, Anderson Gardens offers a breathtaking stroll in the middle of the city (although you would never know you were in the city). They also offer a wonderful lunch area that supports local farmers and buys produce grown in northern Illinois, art classes, and music in the park during... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading the reviews we were so excited to spend a nice summer afternoon here. 30 minutes later we were done with the whole garden. It is so small and crowded I really am stunned at the reviews this gets. I can see better scenery for free at any forest preserve. Every step we took here we were in the... More 

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AJGRkfd, Manager at Anderson Japanese Gardens, responded to this review

Tahitisteve- We are sorry to hear of the disappointing experience you had and appreciate your feedback. It is our aim to provide a tranquil and positive experience for each of our guests, even on days with higher guest traffic. We appreciate your visit and will take your feedback into consideration. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is worth going out of your way if you are traveling to visit this place. If I lived nearby I would be a regular visitor during all the seasojs of the year. I was there on a busy Sunday and thougth the parking lot was full, the gardens were neither too crowded nor noisy. Lunch on the restaurant deck... More 

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Thank Gaye E
Northbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spent a wonderful couple hours walking around the gardens. At this time of year there is not much color but the setting is beautiful with lots of trees, plants and water elements. There are lots of benches to sit and contemplate. The sound of water is so relaxing. There is a lovely tea house which you... More 

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