Located just outside of Grand Rapids, MI is the gorgeous Fredrick Meijer Gardens. This botanical garden is a nature and art lovers dream. They have an amazing children's garden, hundreds of sculptures and complete Japanese garden this is a wonderful location to explore while in the area.
We spent 2 days exploring this beautiful location and would have loved to have had time to go back another day. You could see it all in one day but we prefer to break it up to keep little minds engaged and little legs from getting to tired.
Children's Garden area has a water play area in the shape of the Great Lakes and a cool Tree House. Our kids really enjoyed this space.
The Japanese Garden was stunningly beautiful, complete with a bonsai area and gorgeous pond
The sculpture garden was beautiful and filled with sculptures both ancient and modern
Things to know before you go
Admission: Free with American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission
Adults (14 – 64)$14.50
Seniors (65 and older)$11
Students (with student ID)$11
Hours: Sunday11 am – 5 pm
Monday, Wed- Saturday 9am-5pm
Food: They have an on site restaurant with a gorgeous Chihuly Glass ceiling. They have a kids menu with kids meals that include juice and a side for $5. The adult menus feature a variety of foods that have been locally sourced from local growers and bakers, with prices start at 4.95 for soups and $10.50 for salads and sandwiches.. They offer soda, Michigan craft beers and wines.
Stroller and Wheelchairs: Stroller rental is not available but they are permitted in the gardens. Complimentary wheelchairs are available on a first come first serve basis and garden is wheelchair accessible.
Parking: There is a large open air parking lot for free on the grounds.
Pet friendly: Pets are not permitted on the property but service animals are welcome.