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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description:

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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Great food and gardens

The restaurant has a wonderful selection of healthy locally sourced menu items, and the gardens are to die for.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
dqdick
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Deming, New Mexico
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Deming, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant has a wonderful selection of healthy locally sourced menu items, and the gardens are to die for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this place for the first time. Let me tell you that it's worth every cent. It's very peaceful and it's great for the kids. My nephews loved the fish pond and the waterfalls, I found this place very peaceful and beautiful . Only bad thing was that my phone didn't have any battery so I couldn't record or... More 

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Warren, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I both highly recommend visiting the Japanese Gardens if you are going to be traveling in the Rockford area. We visited the Japanese Gardens about an hour before closing time on the Saturday before Labor Day, and we are so glad we did! Although we did see a handful of other couples and a small family walking... More 

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Thank mmequiche
Rockford, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the trip, whatever time of year. I only get there once or twice a year (and usually one of those times is for Tuesday night music), but it's a great experience. And I'm a bit embarrassed to say I live about two miles away and drive past it many days each week. It'd be better if I slowed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is gorgeous! It has so much to offer and for all ages. My whole family loves to go and take in it's beauty.

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Thank Jen B
Rockford, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Meticulously planted gardens, beautiful views and unusual plantings await you at Anderson Gardens. There is real attention to detail and everywhere you turn is a beautiful photo opportunity! Have lunch at Fresco, with its view of the garden or come for Tuesday Evening at the Gardens and enjoy food on the lawn while you listen to live music! Anderson Gardens... More 

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Thank LovesTravel524
Roscoe, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anderson Japanese Gardens is one of the finest in the United States. Each season offers a unique experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. A large deck offer alfresco dining. Special programs are offered throughout the year. Be sure to check the website for details.

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Thank Barb1217
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These gardens are beautiful. They can easily be seen in 1 to 2 hours, but they are so peaceful you may want to stay longer. They were designed by the gentleman that designed the Japanese gardens in Portland, Oregon, which we have also seen. They have docents that are more than willing to answer any questions, and point out unique... More 

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Wood Dale, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit! Is about 1:20 self tour, economical as well! If you have students in the group mention that when paying you will get a discount (bring student ID) and as you pay for the entrance buy the food for the koi fish! You can also feed the ducks with it!

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Thank Itamargarita7
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are beautiful. A lot of benches throughout the gardens to take a break and enjoy the beauty. It can easily be explored in less than 2 hours or more if you want to take more time to relax.

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