Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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View modern sculpture in a stunning garden setting at this combination botanical garden and sculpture park, which features exotic plants, desert and Victorian gardens, wetlands, meadows, and sculptures by famous artists throughout.
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  • Aey
    Boulder, Colorado75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice garden
    Love the park . Highly recommended to take trams tour . Many sculptures. Buddha head in Japanese garden is cool. It is quite hiding so you have to look in a map to find it.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Kernal3
    Illinois66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Gardens
    I really enjoyed Japanese gardens. I really enjoy Sculpture Gardens. I discovered the Meijer Gardens from a random internet link titled The Five Best Japanese gardens in the United States. I went by myself for a 4-day getaway for rest and relaxation. I flew on a Sunday, had Monday and Tuesday totally open, and flew back on Wednesday. I chose to be there the two full days in case it was raining or some kind of bad weather on day one. I ended up going to the gardens both Monday and Tuesday. They are huge! Gorgeous and well maintained. I ate lunch at the restaurant there, and went back and got takeout food for my dinner back at the hotel for both nights. The food was the best. I did take the tram around the sculptures that were more remote on day two. I am glad I did the guide/tram driver was very informative.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Nadine H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gardens
    It is a beautiful garden. We spent the day walking through the gardens. The Japanese gardens were beautiful with its waterfalls. There is a very nice play garden for kids. It's worth taking the tram to get the information about the park and to admire all the sculptors throughout the garden. They have a beautiful gift shop and restaurant reasonable priced.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Bryan S
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place!
    Had a great time as usual visiting. Great variety of sculptures, plants and animal life. Can easily spend hours here making the price worth it. Tickets are appropriately priced for what you get. You can tell this is a true labor of love.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 11, 2023
  • jpatto26
    Blue Mountains, Australia366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sculptures in a natural setting.
    The gardens were recommended by our hotel receptionist as the number one place to visit in Grand Rapids. We went late in the afternoon and didn't really have enough time to do the gardens justice. We took the mini-train tour and the tour guide was excellent, giving detailed information about all the statues that were placed in the gardens. There are millions of dollars of sculptures produced by many different international sculptors, which have been placed in garden settings that highlight their beauty. The gardens themselves are beautifully designed and deserved more than the few hours we would devote to them. A definite must visit when in Grand Rapids.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Patrick M
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature and Art!
    The beautiful gardens are compartmentalized, with meadow, woodland, thicket, grove, and Japanese style. There is also a Children’s Pavilion. Everything is highly accessible for walkers, chairs, and strollers. Did I forget the sculptures? Degas, Rodin, and Ai Weiwei are among the many artists, as a walk through the gardens leads to the sculptures. Lunch was easy and simple in the cafe. And, while dining, look up! Chihuly glass ornaments the ceiling. This is a real treat.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • jode1992
    Georgetown, Texas154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surpassed our expectations
    Such a beautiful and unexpected experience! We spent several hours just roaming around the gardens and took the tram to see all the sculptures. There is an additional cost of the tram ($6 I think?) but you got to get some information about the stuff you were seeing which was nice. It could have been easily walked but we enjoyed the overview and I would recommend it. Also, they had a string quartet there the afternoon we went which was an unexpected bonus. Free concert! There was also a short movie about the making and installation of the amazing sculpture as you enter the building. Very interesting to see that. Runs on a loop so enter at any time. We didn't eat in the cafe but we throughly enjoyed the huge variety of plants, the amazing sculpture collection and the overall ambiance of the facility.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Kelly Cathcart
    Valparaiso, Indiana1,195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a day
    This place was amazing! It is huge so be sure to plan plenty of time, like most of a day. The cafe was quick nice and they have water bottle fill stations around the park. This garden gives you all the best things. There are glass houses, sculptures, water features, kids area, farm, formal gardens and wild wooded areas. The Japanese Garden is outstanding. There is even a tea house that is open on certain days. The current big feature is the Giant American Horse. It is fully worth the price of admission alone. This place is certainly a must see.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • MB122918
    92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blown Away
    Gorgeous grounds and interesting sculptures and art displays throughout the property. Plan to spend a whole day here! The onsite restaurant is also very good, moderately priced, and has Chihuly glass displayed throughout.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Ken C
    Grand Rapids, Michigan7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meijer Gardens English garden
    We are members of Meijer Gardens. We enjoy walking the boardwalk thru the woods. I'm pretty excited about the new formal garden they just opened. It needs to mature a bit, but it's already very nice.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
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Michael S
Ann Arbor, MI32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We try to stop nearly every time we are in town. This was the first time in the winter, it was pretty mild for January, 39 degrees and no snow, so we were able to walk around the sculpture garden pretty comfortably. It is interesting to see the sculptures with the dormant garden setting, some are enhanced and some are a little different. It made us want to come back in the springtime when the flowers are in bloom.
Written January 5, 2020
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Travelduo415
Chicago, IL24 contributions
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Apr 2021
We visited on Good Friday which I get was a holiday but oh my was it crowded, almost over crowded. For starters the line just to purchase tickets was just over an hour long. Then when you got all the way up to the counter in their new building to purchase tickets, they had 3 people selling tickets. Then 2 more supervisor type people just standing there chatting up another employee behind the glass by the computers. It was ridiculous. What blows me away was how a place with this kind of endowment doesn’t sell tickets online?! It makes no sense at all. With lines that long, I can guarantee you people would be willing to pay extra to skip the line.

Then the butterflies... they were telling people the line to see them was over 2 hours long. What was annoying about this was the line snaked through the all the other non butterfly greenhouses. This meant you couldn’t go in there unless you waited all through the line that went down the hallway to even get into them. Again, why a place like this can’t do timed entry tickets to see the butterflies is beyond me. It’s frustrating that it renders all the greenhouses closed as well, especially if someone didn’t have the time to wait 2 hours to see them,

The rest of the garden is nice and well maintained and on par with other similar places we’ve been too. But they need to get this ticketing and butterfly thing under control.
Written April 5, 2021
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A2coolcity
Fishers, IN1,716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We were wanting a weekend getaway and randomly chose to drive from Indy area to Grand Rapids MI. When we stumbled on the Meijer’s Gardens our minds were blown with an explosion of beautiful flowers, amazing statues and delicious food.
The Meijer’s family has done an incredible service to the world by working in harmony with God to provide this place of treasures and delights.
There is something for everyone (young & old alike) - both inside and in the incredible outside (weather permitting) gardens and peaceful walks.
We STRONGLY RECOMMEND investing an additional $5/person for the tram ride to get an guided tour of the grounds and the secrets of this haven of rest and celebration of beauty.
Our tour guide “Al” and driver “Tom” are outstanding and made this trip a true TREAT!! 🤩

We definitely will be back to bring friends and family.
Thanks for a great experience worth repeating! 😎
Written June 12, 2022
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Florida-Traveler-888
Wilton Manors, FL209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We arrived early on a late summer day and the perfect weather and light enhanced the beautiful gardens and sculpture . They have recently reopened and are using practical precautions in light of the pandemic. We signed up of a tour of the Japanese garden and were delighted by our guide and the fact it was just the two of us on the tour.
We have toured sculpture gardens around the world and the Meijer gardens ranks at the top of our lists. The tram tour with a guide has limited seating for social separation and is a great way to see much of the sculpture and receive some insight from the guide. Buy your ticket early and reserve your seat.
You can easily make a day out of your visit and the on sight restaurant has a nice selection of food and drinks. It has a very nice outdoor section next to a water feature.
Written September 25, 2020
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JJK
Grand Rapids, MI7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
I've been to FMG in every season and I'm not sure which is my favorite. Their fall display is always so creative and different. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall months the gardens and sculptures outside make for a beautiful walk even for kids. The Christmas season is a gorgeous display of Christmas trees from around the world. Their Corpse Flower always draws crowds when it's in bloom and the butterflies in the spring are so much fun for kids. A perfect outing for grand parents to take grand kids.
Written January 7, 2020
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI939 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Meijer Gardens is a Michigan treasure!! Any time of the year, it's a wonderful place to spend a day...with your honey, your best friend, circle of friends, your kids, or the whole family. You set the pace and pick and choose the paths you want to go on. Love the Sculpture Garden with works by such greats as Rodin, Miro, Ai Wei Wei, and Mark di Suvero. The beauty and serenity of the Japanese Garden invites you to sit and enjoy it all. If you like Marshall Fredericks, don't miss the Children's Garden, whether you have kids or not. Lunch in the Cafe under Lena's Garden, the Persian ceiling by Chihuly, is a treat! And the food is tasty. During this COVID-19 time, your visit is safe as they have instituted one-way entrance and exit routes, mask and social distancing requirements, cashless transactions, hand sanitizer, and safe seating and sanitizing in the cafe. If I lived closer, I would be a member and visit frequently!!
Written July 15, 2020
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WestfieldMel
Westfield, IN113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This is a must see in Grand Rapids. It is an artistic delight! Enjoy the different types of gardens and the unique and incredible sculptures. Allow 1/2 day if possible, 2 hours minimum. Recommend purchasing tram tickets to see the majority of the Sculpture Garden (with commentary provided by a capable volunteer), the largest of the multiple gardens and sit in the first car on the left-hand side for the best photo opportunities. Take the time to go through the displays inside and outside. First-rate attraction! Absolutely loved this beautiful place and would go back.
Written August 1, 2022
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Deborah M
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
While the sculpture and the gardens are lovely as any should be with the amount of money that is available to procure the art and manicure the gardens, the park was a trial to navigate. Everyone gets a map, but there are few maps throughout the park that tell you where you are when you are out there wandering. We encountered one 'ask me' volunteer as we left the park. The tram was nice for the small part of the park it traveled, but it leaves you in the middle of the park (maybe) without visual directions. No option for a ride back to the main building. The tram itself is still gasoline powered so don't sit in the second car of the tram. Their little runabouts for the staff are also gasoline powered and leave you in their exhaust as they zip past. Yes, there is construction going on which might make the necessary walking longer than usual, but no accommodations were made for it if that is the case. The cafe is good, very good. Enjoy lunch and leave.
Written August 8, 2021
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mwooduk
Miami, FL8,945 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We visited here on October 15 and sadly missed the peak leaf season by about four days! It costs $20 to get in to the Gardens, which is well worth it, however, I was lucky enough as a member of Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami, Florida to get in for free on a reciprocity deal so if you are a member of another garden in the United States, check to see if your membership can get you in for free. Unfortunately, we did not have time to see the sculpture garden, but spent most of our time in the outstanding Japanese garden, which was beautiful. We also had a quick stop for a snack at the cafeteria, as well as a quick stop in the gift shop. I would not recommend taking young children into the gift shop, since it is full of very expensive Chihuly glass costing thousands of dollars! The Chihuly ceiling in the cafeteria and the chandelier were a pleasant surprise as I was not expecting them and love his work! The gardens are well laid out and well sign posted. Children’s garden lovely too and pumpkins and fall decorations everywhere were just beautiful. Coming from Miami, Florida, we do not get to see things like that too often! So it was a nice treat. Highly recommended with easy and plentiful free parking.
Written October 25, 2023
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Mary
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Wonderful botanical gardens and sculpture park. The Japanese garden was my favorite - beautiful huge white hydrangea bushes, red Maple trees surrounding the path around the lake. Didn't have children with us, but other little ones were having fun in the Great Lakes water feature. Stayed for the Tuesday evening concert which was fun sitting on the lawn in the cooler evening weather (it was 90 degrees the day were were visiting). Ate at the cafe and enjoyed the Michigan Cherry Chicken salad.
Written August 4, 2021
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