When you stay in the well-appointed accommodations at the Country Inn & Suites hotel in Grand Rapids, you are just one block away from the spectacular Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
. This 158-acre garden features more than 200 works of art and dozens of green spaces, including a tree house village, an heirloom vegetable patch, a labyrinth, a storytelling garden, a zen-style garden, a chrysanthemum wall, a rock quarry and an eight-acre Japanese garden. Whether you wander the paths on your own or take a guided tour, you can learn about the center’s extensive preservation work and discover botanical wonders.
Visit the gardens every day of the week, which stay open until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, so you have plenty of time to see everything. Be sure to check online before you visit to see what seasonal attractions are available. Spring brings a mesmerizing display that features more than 7,000 colorful, tropical butterflies. In the summer, catch a live music performance in the outdoor atrium. Fall offers a vibrant showcase of chrysanthemums and fall foliage. You won’t want miss the spectacular holiday festival with 40 international Christmas trees and 300,000 lights.