Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture ParkFeatured

1000 E. Beltline
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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Phone: 616.957.1580
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Since its dedication in 1995, Meijer Gardens has grown to become not only a cultural destination for residents of Michigan, but for the entire Midwest. The 125-acre attraction on Grand Rapids' northeast side is a year round experience comprised of wetlands, woodlands, indoor and outdoor botanical gardens, world-class sculptures and performances by nationally acclaimed musicians. The crown jewel of the indoor gardens is the five story Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, the largest facility of its type in the state and is home to tropical plants and flowers from five continents including 30 feet tall palm trees, coconut trees, bamboo, papyrus and vibrant orchids. The giant greenhouse also features a waterfall, gentle streams and constant 75 degree temperatures. Each year during March and April, the conservatory hosts 'Butterflies are Blooming', the largest temporary butterfly exhibit in the United States. More than 6,000 butterflies representing dozens of species from Asia and South America flutter freely inside the building for nine weeks. Next to the conservatory, the Gardens' indoor horticulture collection also includes a carnivorous plant house and desert and Victorian gardens. In 2000, Meijer Gardens opened three state-of-the-art galleries that have held the works of Picasso, George Segal, Mark di Suvero and Claes Oldenburg.

The outdoor sculpture park is filled with works by famous and world-renowned artists like Rodin, Henry Moore, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Jacques Lipchitz. Some of the works are colossal, the most famous of which is Nina Amaku's 24' high bronze Leonardo Da Vinci's Horse installed in 1999. Others include the 35 foot long Grand Rapids Arch by Andy Goldsworthy, the 23' foot tall Male/Female by Johnathan Borofsky and the recently unveiled B-Tree II by Kenneth Snelson which extends a 42' canopy over The Groves section of the Gardens.

In addition to sculpture, kids can have endless hours of fun in the Lena Meijer Children's Garden. Covering five acres, it's one of the biggest children's gardens in the nation with ten-themed areas like the Tree House Village, Butterfly Maze and log cabin. Kids can also play with boats, build sand castles and jump through fountains. Other outdoor areas include Michigan's Farm Garden, Woodland Shade Garden and wetlands boardwalk.

Throughout the year, the Gardens hosts a number of plant shows such as the Bonsai Show, Orchid Show and Iris Show, as well as classes and lectures. Visitors can also catch performances of national musical acts throughout the summer on comfortable lawn seating at the recently completed outdoor amphitheater.

Admission prices:

Adults (14 and older): $12.00
Seniors (65 and older): $9.00
Students (w/ student ID): $9.00
Children (5 - 13): $6.00
Children (3 - 4): $4.00
Children (2 and younger): Free

Hours:

Monday - Saturday 9a-5p
Sunday 12p-5p.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

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Reception/Rental Information:

Capacity - 30 to 1360 people
Pricing - (based on 4 hour time block) $300 to $5500
Catering - Catering offered by Frederik Meijer or there is an approved list of caterers to choose from
Description - wide range of rooms, many of which offer great views of the gardens, available based on size of reception. There is also the option to have a wedding by the waterfall outside.

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Reviews (3)
Must See!
Reviewed by Fletcher, 2006-04-12 00:00:00

Probably the best attraction in all of Grand Rapids. There's so much to do and see, you could easily spend an entire day wandering around the garden's. The children's garden is very fun, with tons of activities and things to play with. In the spring, the butterflies are fun to see. Also I recommend the Farm Garden and barn.

Probably GR's best attraction
Reviewed by dbrok23, 2006-01-27 00:00:00

If there is one place in GR that truly stands out, it has to be Meijer Gardens. It was already a decent attraction the first time I visited there which was about 1998, but was really only the greenhouses and some outdoor gardens and not much else. Since then, it's incredible what's been added. Off the top of my head, they added the horse statue, a new entrance, shops, restaurant and galleries, an amphitheater, farm garden, children's play garden and numerous sculptures. The atmosphere is very family friendly and it's almost always packed on the weekend. The butterfly exhibit is always fun and I try to make it to that every year. The admission price has gone up, but for the experience you get, I think it's still well worth it. It's one of the best attractions in Michigan.

I love butterflies
Reviewed by Vicki Inman, 2005-01-29 00:00:00

I love butterflies and wanted to check out the dates to come see yours. Very interesting and helpful site and I also got a free butterfly screensaver from this.

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