"Meijer Botanical Garden & Sculpture Park" Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Tip by dracko

 
 

You have to visit the botanical garden and sculpture park if you're in Grand Rapids. It's a great place to spend a day. Start inside and explore the indoor gardens and the 5-story tropical conservatory. Then go outside and wonder the trails of the park. There are lots of sculptures that are planted all over the park and amongst the plants. There is also a boardwalk that follows along the shore of a pond which is teeming with wildlife - from ducks to storks to beavers. The sculpture park is actually the largest collection of outdoor sculptures in the Midwest.

The centerpiece of the collection, though, is a 24 foot sculpture of a horse, originally designed by Leonardo da Vinci and finally sculpted and cast in bronze in the U.S. in 1998. It is truly an awe-inspiring sight, you have to see it to fully appreciate it. Two horses of same size were cast - one went to Milan, Italy; the other to Grand Rapids.

Once you are done with the outside of the park and return to the main building, don't forget to visit the modern art and sculpture galleries inside before you go. Lots of interesting art there.

I have more photos from the gardens in a travelogue on my Grand Rapids page, so don't forget to check them out!

Address: 1000 E Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Directions: North of I-96 on East Beltline, between Bradford St. and Leonard St.
Phone: 888-957-1580
Website: http://www.meijergardens.org/

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  • Written Nov 23, 2002
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