Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids

After our night at The BOB, we were feeling a little fragile the next morning.

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Wanting to move around and get some fresh air, we decided to go to Meijer Gardens.

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If you don’t know about Meijer Gardens, you’re probably not from Michigan.

Or the Midwest for that matter.

Known for their art, sculptures and gardens – if you find yourself in Michigan looking for something to do, look no further.

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If you go with kids, be sure to keep an eye on them.

They’ll want to touch everything!

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Well, maybe not everything . . .

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These three gents will even sing “In The Jungle” if you ask politely.

They harmonize and everything.

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There’s even a butterfly house which very much had an Alice in Wonderland feel.

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Don’t these blooms look like they’re about ready to start gossiping about you?

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After a very thorough inspection to ensure no butterflies would be leaving with us, we headed to the outside gardens to more tulips!

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I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing these everywhere!

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We strolled along looking at the landscaping and sculptures – contemplating and discussing them like true adults.

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That is until we found the Children’s Garden which seemed infinitely more fun.

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It felt like you stepped right through a gate and right into the jungle.

Complete with your own little house (which if we’re being honest is a mansion compared to my first apartment in Chicago. Jungle living is clearly the way to go).

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You can even pop over to see your neighbors – the Swiss Family Robinson.

Doesn’t this Tree House remind you of the Swiss House at Disney World?

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Even Baloo and Mowgli were there!

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My absolute favorite part of Meijer Gardens is that it is surrounded on either sides by trees, ponds, shrubs and all sorts of wildlife.

It truly feels like you’re a million miles away from home in the best way possible.


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