Soak in the Beauty at The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan #ExperienceGR

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 132-acre botanic garden that has both indoor conservatories and outdoor gardens. One area of the property, Sculpture Park, contains more than 200 sculptures dispersed throughout the grounds. For those planning a visit, the park is open daily with $12 admission for adults over the age of 14, $9 for students and seniors, $6 for kids 5-13, and $4 for kids 3-4. My family – my husband and myself, my teenage daughter, my toddler son, and my mom – visited the park as our last stop before heading home from our road trip to Grand Rapids and spent about 3 hours here. I regret not visiting the park sooner, as I felt we missed so much during our short time there.

Frederik Meier Gardens Greenhouse

Frederik Meier Gardens Entrance

After entering through the main building, the first exhibit you see is the Tropical Conservatory inside the large greenhouse. We saw banana trees, cacti, carnivorous pitcher plants, and other tropical plants. We then walked over to the gorgeous Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. I love how there was a child-size gate to enter through too.  It felt very Alice in Wonderland to me – and kids loved going through over and over.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Childrens Garden

My toddler spent a lot of time at the Great Lakes Garden where he launched boats from one of the great lakes to another on the tiered water table.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Water Play

There were numerous opportunities to learn about the plants in the Children’s Garden, with some areas even allowing you to use your senses to learn about the plants. Our favorite was the Touch section where there were four different plants with varying textures to touch – the fuzzy leaf was interesting to feel.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Touch Section

And to continue with the whole Alice in Wonderland feeling I had – there’s the white, err, bronzed rabbit!

Frederik Meijer Gardens Rabbit

We then ventured to the Sculpture Park to head to the Waterfall. The sculptures were larger-than-life works of art – most of them very unique, and all of them beautiful.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Sculpture 1

Frederik Meijer Gardens Sculpture 2

Frederik Meijer Gardens Sculpture 3

The waterfall was breathtaking with lily pads and even a bunch of koi fish in the pond.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Waterfall

Probably the best part of our visit to the park was the lunch we had in their Taste of the Gardens Café. Seriously, probably one of the better meals we’ve had in a long time. The food was so fresh and delicious, I felt like I could eat there every day. My son had the peanut butter & jelly kids meal, while the rest of us chose sandwiches that were served with a fresh salad. I had the Calder City Pulled Pork Quesadilla and it was divine. Tender chunks of pork and pepper jack cheese, served with a honey chipotle sauce drizzled on top. A little spicy, but just how I like it.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Quesadilla

Again, I wish we had more time to spend at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, but I figure that it’s a great reason for me to make a return visit since we still have so much to see.

Disclosure: My family received complimentary admission to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in order to facilitate this review, and I was not asked to provide a particular point of view. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. The place is so lovely – it’s so nice to appreciate these things.
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  2. What a fun place to spend the day! I love the greenhouse.
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  3. this looks like someplace i’d love to take my family this summer. I’d never heard of it before so thanks for putting it on my list.

  4. Wow! What a great place to visit! I’m sure my daughter would love to spend a lot of time in the Great Lakes Garden.
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  5. This looks like a really relaxing place and experience. I love how the web brings people and places together that would ordinarily go unnoticed.
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  6. This looks like a place I’d love to plan a day trip for. I love your pictures!
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  7. What nice scenery! That looks like a place that I would love to visit.
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  8. This museum is beautiful! I love the sculptures!
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  9. What a beautiful park! I love the design and all those little “Wonderland-style” touches that you pointed out. What a great afternoon!

  10. This looks like a beautiful place. I love that the children’s garden provides opportunities for learning!
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  11. Absolutely beautiful! My kids would love the kids garden! I would be just fine sitting near the rocks listening to the flowing water. Peaceful!
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  12. Wow this place looks so neat! I love the fountains where you can launch the boats!
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  13. That looks absolutely amazing! I could spend all day there, no problem!
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  14. One of my favorite places in Michigan! We love to go there in the spring to see the butterflies and take in the sculptures.
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  15. That is a beautiful place to visit. YOu could take amazing family photos with those nature backdrops
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  16. The fountain looks relaxing. I love the little boats in there!
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  17. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.
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  18. On my MUST see list now! We love gardens and this is just serene
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  19. We love going to sculpture gardens with the kids. There are quite a few of them in our area. They’re great to see art and a wonderful way to spend some time outside in nature!
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  20. I’ve heard it’s a great place to visit. We haven’t made our way up yet, but it looks like it’s worth the trip!
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  21. What a gorgeous place to spend the afternoon. I love big, sprawling gardens like this.
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  22. That statue of the man lying down is super cool!!
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  23. My family loves to take day trips to the museum. This place looks amazing! I LOVE the garden!
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  24. Wow….this looks like an amazing place to visit! If I’m ever up that way, I’ll definitely have to check it out!
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  25. Wow, I am impressed. This place looks wonderful and somewhere you could visit multiple times and find something new and interesting each time. If ever in the area, we will visit.
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  26. They built that right after I moved from GR. I am so totally bummed I still haven’t been!
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  27. This place looks spectacular! I would love to take my kids here, I bet they could spend all day with those boats!
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  28. This place looks gorgeous! The kids garden looks quite fun as well :)
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  29. What a pretty garden! I’d love to visit this place some day :)
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  30. That looks like a fun place! The sculptures sound so neat!
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  31. It sounds lovely! Even that building is pretty!

  32. What a great place to get children interested in different plants. It is absolutely beautiful and I would love to explore there.
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  33. Wow that us a really beautiful place! Thanks for the introduction! It certainly looks like a place I Would love to visit one day
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  34. Looks like a spectacular location. Picture perfect!!

  35. My niece is obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. I bet she would absolutely love to visit there. We don’t live too far either. I may have to suggest a trip there soon!
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  36. Gardens like this are so beautiful I remember going to one for a field trip when I was just a kid and loved it.

  37. This truly is magical looking. We will have to plan a visit!

  38. This looks like such a beautiful and family friendly place to visit. I love that a lot of their activities can be enjoyed outdoors.
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  39. I had to scroll down and back up to view the statue of the man laying on his back. He looks SO real! I can only imagine how it appears in person. This looks like a beautiful place to visit.
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  40. My kids would have loved the Children’s Garden! That place looks so beautiful!
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  41. This looks like such a great park. The kids would love it!
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  42. It seems like such a beautiful park.
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  43. Looks like a beautiful place to visit! I love those sculptures, and that lunch looks delicious.

  44. Wow those are some amazing sculptures – I could imagine spending ages checking them all out. x
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  45. That place is beautiful. I love going to botanical gardens. We always visit the one in Alabama when we visit my MIL. There aren’t any huge ones where we currently live.
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  46. What a beautiful place to visit. I’d like to go to the pond and the Great Lakes Garden. Looks so relaxing.
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  47. Wow, that look amazing. I love all your pictures and would LOVE to get there someday to see it in person!

  48. What a beautiful place! I think I would like to stay all day.
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  49. Oh wow! Amazingly beautiful! Wish I could visit one day!

  50. What an amazing garden! It really does look beautiful. I hope you are able to visit again soon!
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  51. The place looks so serene and green. I’m sure there are lots of spots to just sit down and drink in the beauty of the gardens
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  52. What a gorgeous greenhouse. I especially love the statues and artwork. Natural and manmade all in one place.
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