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“Best attraction in Grand Rapids”

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
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Owner description: 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.
Grand Rapids, MI
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Best attraction in Grand Rapids”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

I've been to many gardens, including the famous St. Louis Botanical Garden, and my local Meijer Gardens, I'm proud to say, trumps them all. Sometimes I go for the art. Sometimes for the seasonal exhibits (glorious tulips or mums). Sometimes for the gardens, to get ideas (shade garden and perennial garden). And sometimes for the kids to play in the fantastic children's garden. This is a world-class place. Thank you, Mr. Meijer!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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122 reviews
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“Something for everyone!”
Reviewed December 12, 2011

I have a membership to the Gardens because I love to go sit in the conservatory at lunch in the winter and let my skin enjoy the warm, humid air while I admire the tropical plants, canaries, orchids, and sculpture. It's great to watch the kids play in the tunnel that goes behind the waterfall.

The rest of the year, the gardens outside provide great walks through sculptures, the 3/4 scale farm, and around the giant "Leonardo's Horse" - so impressive. The Children's Garden is a huge favorite with my young nieces and nephews. The cafe restaurant provides nice choices for young and old, but the best part is sitting under the chain of rainbow-color Chihuly glass flowers that "grow" from the ceiling. Nice gift shop, too.

Visited July 2011
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Flint, mi
Level 6 Contributor
1,165 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 589 helpful votes
“Great visit any time of the year”
Reviewed December 5, 2011

I've been to F. M. Gardens in the summer, and went back this last weekend (first weekend in December). I have to say that this place is great to visit any time of the year.

I am going to focus this review on the seasonal Chistmas displays. In the main building, the hallways are lined with christmas trees and displays of Christmas around the world. Very Beautiful. In the temperate gardens, there is a railroad village display, created by the famous artist Paul Busse (google this name... amazing).

If you have a Bank of America card, you can visit for free on the first weekend of the month (which we did). The program is called Bank of America Museums on us.

The regular adult admission price to the F.M. Gardens is $12.00

Thank you Fredrick Meijer for creating this wonderful place, and you will be missed.

Visited December 2011
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Grandville, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A West Michigan Area Gem”
Reviewed December 2, 2011

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.

Visited October 2011
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Everything is first class.”
Reviewed November 27, 2011

From the exhibits inside- sculptures,dessert room,tropical greenhouse,cafeteria- to everything outside - childrens area,sculpture park,giant horse statue,farm,nature walks - a wonderful place and a treasure for the community.

Visited October 2011
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