Fall Color Weekend Getaway: Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
This fall, I’m happy to share some incredible fall color getaways. If you’re following my travels, you’ve been inspired by the perfect fall weekend getaway to Traverse City, Michigan.
While we’re in Michigan, I’d like to take you to one of my very favorite places in the state, Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, located in Grand Rapids. There is so much to see and do there – from indoor art exhibits and a warm, sultry tropical conservatory - to the outdoor sculpture garden, acres of pathways amidst nature’s bright colors, and enough treasures tucked around corners to delight everyone.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, called one of the world’s 30 “Must-See Museums” by Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, is very large, and features one of the U.S.'s biggest children’s gardens and bronze sculptures by Degas and Rodin. The internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park includes a permanent collection with works by Rodin, Oldenburg, Moore, Bourgeois, and Plensa. Indoor galleries host changing sculpture exhibitions with recent exhibitions by Picasso, Degas, Butterfield, di Suvero, and Calder.
We head to Meijer Gardens several times a year, to explore new exhibits, play in the Children’s Garden, and roam the now-familiar paths, looking for old and new favorites. Wander the paved paths, and be prepared for gorgeous displays of color around every bend, perfectly framing the art set amidst fields, still lakes, waterfalls, and hills. You’ll discover faces of all sorts, animals, structures large and small - even the glorious colors of nature are art.
There is plenty to do in Grand Rapids in the fall for culture lovers – Art Prize (which features art all over the city), several museums, great places to eat, and a short drive to Lake Michigan, if you’d like to catch some fall colors lakeside. I hope you enjoy your visit to Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park!