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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Let your kids run wild at the sand pits and tree house while you inspect the sculptures and floral displays in this park’s various gardens.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a picturesque set of grounds featuring botanical and artistic displays. The 158-acre (64-hectare) park has indoor and outdoor sections, with a waterfall, exotic plants and a Japanese garden among its highlights. Appreciate the utter serenity as you make your way through the sections of the garden.

Introduce your little ones to the interactive exhibits of the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. Fossils and other trinkets await them in the sand pits, while the tree house, beaver lodge and butterfly labyrinth make up the scenery. 

Enter Michigan’s Farm Garden for a representation of a traditional 1930s family farmstead, complete with a barn, a windmill and a vegetable garden. 

Find tranquility in the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, where waterfalls and rock gardens create a Zen-like setting. Lakes and sculptures adorn this enchanting garden. Study the range of large statues gracing the pleasant terrain. Look for The American Horse, created by Nina Akamu in three sizes.

Themed events take place here across the seasons. Marvel at the colorful wings of 50 species in the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies are Blooming exhibition that is held in March and April. 

In the lead-up to the year-end festive season, the park is dominated by the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World celebration. See Christmas lights, take carriage rides and browse exhibits on about 40 different cultures.

Have a meal at the Gardens Café and gaze up at the colorful glass tapestry hanging from the ceiling. The gift shop displays plants, tools and books, among other items.  

Note that the site opens daily from morning until late afternoon, staying open into the evening on Tuesdays. There is a fee for admission, with lower prices for kids, students and seniors. Young toddlers enter for free. 

Find Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in the eastern fringes of Grand Rapids. Ride the bus from the downtown area to get here in 45 minutes. 

See other nearby sights such as Ball Perkins Park, Crahen Valley Park and Manhattan Park.


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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East, MI £107
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East, MI

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East, MI

3251 Deposit Dr, Grand Rapids, MI
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Grand Rapids hotel is located in the suburbs, within a 15-minute walk of Leonardo da Vinci's Horse and Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Cornerstone University and Decatur Vein Clinic are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown £114
    Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown

    161 Ottawa Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, MI
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 17 minutes by foot.

      Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown £125
      Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown

      Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown

      140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 10 minutes. Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown £99
        Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown

        Hampton Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Downtown

        433 Dudley Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Heritage Hill Historic District and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton £137
          Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

          Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

          187 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Grand Rapids Station is 16 minutes by foot.

            Motel 6 Grand Rapids, MI - Northeast £53
            Motel 6 Grand Rapids, MI - Northeast

            Motel 6 Grand Rapids, MI - Northeast

            3221 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Creston, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Huff Park, Donald Lamoreaux Park and Provin Trails Park. DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center and Public Museum of Grand Rapids are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport £72
              Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport

              Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport

              3063 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in East Paris, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Centerpointe Mall and Woodland Mall. Patterson Ice Center and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Hilton Garden Inn Grand Rapids Airport £103
                Hilton Garden Inn Grand Rapids Airport

                Hilton Garden Inn Grand Rapids Airport

                2321 East Beltline Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in East Beltline, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Calvin College, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and Grand Rapids Art Museum. Public Museum of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Children's Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).