There’s a reason Meijer Gardens has been named one of the top must-see museums in the world by the author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”.
Countless reasons, actually.
Opened in April 1995, the 132-acre indoor and outdoor wonderland seamlessly blends together fine works of sculpture by world-renowned artists like Rodin, DiSuvero and Claes Oldenberg with an amazing array of flower displays, woodlands and meadows.
Wander through the five story high tropical conservatory full of bamboo and banana trees that is also home to the largest temporary butterfly exhibition in the nation each spring. The adjacent Carnivorous Plant House and the Arid Garden both provide a warm retreat during the colder months, and the indoor sculpture gallery consistently hosts exhibits by many of today’s most influential artists. During Christmastime, more than 40 trees and displays decorate the main entryway, showcasing holiday traditions from around the world.
Outside, visitors young and old can gaze up at the 24-foot high “The American Horse” (da Vinci’s Horse), splash with boats in the Great Lakes-shaped pool, take a step back in time at Michigan’s Farm Garden or keep an eye out for frogs, birds and turtles along the wetlands boardwalk. In 2015, Meijer Gardens will cut the ribbon on an authentic Japanese Garden, an 8.5 acre addition that won’t be fully mature for several hundred years.
The Gardens’ Outdoor Amphitheater is a gem in itself, where concert-goers can sit on the grassy hillside to enjoy performances by national acts like Melissa Etheridge, Sara Bareilles, Smokey Robinson and Nickel Creek, all while surrounded by tall evergreens, flowers in bloom and the setting sun.
If that weren’t enough, Meijer Gardens also regularly hosts horticultural shows and plant sales, houses a cafe decorated with works by glass artists Dale Chihuly, has its own research library, gives tours by tram and offers large facilities for weddings and special events.
Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $4-$6 for kids. Family memberships are $75.
- Outdoor Seating
- Banquet, Meeting or Rehearsal Dinner Facilities
- Free On-site Parking
1000 E. Beltline Grand Rapids MI 49525