Located in the middle of one of the world’s finest growing regions, influenced by the horticultural prowess of our Dutch ancestors, Grand Rapids offers plenty of inspiration for visitors with green thumbs – and plenty of natural eye candy for everyone else.
Choose from the following to create your itinerary:
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
One of the world’s top 30 “must-see” museums features the Midwest’s most significant collection of outdoor sculpture, a diverse variety of indoor and outdoor gardens, and guided tram tours. 6-8 hours.
Grand Ideas Garden
This garden showcases thousands of plants, from perennials/annuals to vines and woody bushes, all labeled for education and inspiration. Maintained by master gardeners from the Michigan State University Extension office. 1 hour.
Veldheer Tulip Gardens
Visit this lakeshore attraction from the end of April through mid-May to wander through more than 5 million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses in bloom. A summer garden features Dutch lilies and other rare perennials.
Windmill Island Gardens
This lakeshore oasis features a 250 year-old working Dutch windmill towering 125’ above 36 acres of manicured gardens, dikes, canals and picnic areas. See tulips in the spring and annual plants and flowers in the summer.
Tulip Time Festival
Named America’s Best Small Town Festival, this annual event features hundreds of thousands of tulips in bloom, national entertainment acts, and events and activities for all ages. Held each May in Holland, just 30 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.