Thanks to our friends' wedding, I found myself in Grand Rapids this July. I'd never been to the city before but wow is it packed with cultural options! With extra time to spare on our way there, we opted for the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Art and flowers? A perfect match, in my opinion.
You're greeted by a large modern building, something you might expect to find nestled in a desert cliff promising a cool space away from the sun. Walk inside, grab your tickets and wind your way back past the themed greenhouses and back outdoors into the garden.
The grounds are quite expansive, but the full loop is about 1.5miles, so it doesn't take too long to complete. If you're pressed for time, confirm which sculptures you want to see most and plot a path that will take you by them. We turned to the left and worked our way along the main loop, clockwise.
I highly recommend the Japanese Garden. Lovely, calming, and in a world unto its own — you'll be glad you took a moment to walk these paths.
Every section has been thoughtfully planned and landscaped, whether manicured to perfection or flowers that have been left to run wild in fields.
With good weather, it's the perfect thing to do in Grand Rapids!