The picturesque Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
, located only one block from the Country Inn & Suites, Grand Rapids East, MI, features more than 158 acres of gardens and green space. You can spend the day browsing more than 200 works of art and exploring the park's highlights like a tree house village, an heirloom vegetable patch, a labyrinth and a rock quarry. The featured gardens include a Zen-style garden, a storytelling garden, a chrysanthemum wall and an eight-acre Japanese garden. Whether you wander the paths on your own or take a guided tour, you can also learn about the center’s extensive preservation work and discover botanical wonders.
Visit the gardens every day of the week, and stay later on Tuesday since the park is open until 9:00 p.m. Be sure to check online before you visit to see which seasonal attractions are available. If you're in Grand Rapids during spring, don't miss the display of more than 7,000 colorful, tropical butterflies. In the summer, you can catch a live music performance in the outdoor atrium. Fall offers a vibrant showcase of chrysanthemums and fall foliage. Come winter, experience the holiday festival with 40 international Christmas trees and 300,000 lights.