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Grotto of the Redemption

Highway 15, West Bend, IA 50597
+1 800-868-3641
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You have to see to believe!

A very peaceful place to visit. The collection of gem stones, rocks and shells is breathtaking. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
London, Kentucky
Beautiful and Inspiring!

Such a beautiful and inspiring oasis! This place is a testament to devotion, focus and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Fairfax, Virginia
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“gift shop” (13 reviews)
“small town” (8 reviews)
“guided tour” (6 reviews)
Highway 15, West Bend, IA 50597
+1 800-868-3641
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A very peaceful place to visit. The collection of gem stones, rocks and shells is breathtaking. The pond is a nice addition to add to the peaceful feeling. Highly recommend anyone take the time to visit.

Thank nettieagee
Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a beautiful and inspiring oasis! This place is a testament to devotion, focus and inspiration. Located in lovely West Bend, we are so glad we stopped to visit. Free, ample parking. Free entrance to the grotto as well as the adjoining church in which...More

Thank lmsgroup
Reviewed 1 week ago

This grotto is very beautiful and the story that it tells is something that everyone will enjoy. This is an attraction for young and old alike. I recommend that you take the guided tour and hear the story of the beginning and the current work...More

Thank MissS4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's not an exhibit or attraction, this is just an amazing beautiful example of a man thanking God through the use of nature. A must see!!

Thank Sheila W
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

Amazing collection of gem& rocks. I have heard stories on how beautiful it was but I was still blown away by it all. We will be back.

Thank Aimee R
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Truly an amazing place to see. Everyone is welcomed with a religion without or any kind. Beautiful art rock work done by hand. Friendly place. Family or single its a must see.

Thank MJ R
Reviewed April 10, 2017

My hubby and I enjoyed a little road trip to West Bend, IA and on the advice of a friend visited the Grotto of the Redemption. What a remarkable place with a touching history of a priest's artistic vision, gratitude and hard work. It was...More

Thank Mary Alice H
Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I like to take impromptu day trips when time on the weekend allows. This past weekend we set out for the thriving Iowa metropolis of West Bend to see what others touted as 'the 8th wonder of the world' ...the Grotto of...More

Thank Joy S
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

I grew up in northern Iowa, and remember my mom taking us here as kids in the 1960's and thinking it was really cool. We moved to Arizona in the 70's, and didn't make it back to Iowa until last year. We decided take a...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed March 23, 2017

Great place! I recommend packing a picnic lunch or even grabbing subway before your visit ad eat at the park and watch the swans. It truly is a must see.

Thank Carly S
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Lisa S
Is the gift shop open in December?
December 7, 2016|
Response from 341jlb61 | Reviewed this property |
The Grotto itself is not open after October, but there is a phone number listed for the gift shop. That number is: 515-887-5591
Good place for a busy, active, 5 Ur old boy? What to do there? How far from des Moines by car?
June 6, 2016|
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Response from Bountiful-IA | Reviewed this property |
At least 2.5 hours to Des Moines. I do not know if a 5 year old would get a whole lot out of visiting the Grotto.
Is it a good place to visit even if your not of Christian faith?
December 4, 2015|
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Response from Mary G | Reviewed this property |
I would say yes. I was amazed by the sheer magnitude of effort put into this by so many individuals. It's like nothing you will see anywhere else!