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Top garden recommendations from locals

Botanical Garden
“Beautiful to walk around, lots of paid and free events, entrance to the garden is free, parking is paid, but can park for free around the area and walk to the garden. Check their website for events. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Garden
“All of your guidebooks will tell you about the Bean, the Skydeck at Willis Tour and Wrigley Field. This is a real gem and completely off the radar. Either take an Uber or use the CTA trains. Please note the area surrounding is a tad rough.”
  • 123 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“www.meijergardens.org. Botanical Garden and outdoor sculpture park. DON'T MISS THE HUGE AMERICAN HORSE STATUE based on Da Vinci drawings! Ample parking available on site. Expansive 158 acres for walking/hiking, full of flowers and sculpture, historical Michigan Farm barn and garden area, new Japanese Garden with hiking all around the lake, trolley rides, outdoor concerts in the summer, children's water play and education area about the five Great Lakes, Indoor desert plants garden, souvenir store, indoor cafe, Tropical indoor garden, indoor spring Butterfly exhibit. About 15 minutes away.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Garden
“Even in the winter, this place is magical, especially if you visit the Conservatory, a tropical paradise. Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor display gardens and an indoor, tropical conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. In the outdoor gardens, visit the Thai Pavilion and Garden. Olbrich's Thai Pavilion is the only one in the continental United States and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden. Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Garden, opened to the public in 2005. Olbrich's rose garden features innovative mixed borders of Midwest hardy shrub roses and perennials. Also stroll through other specialty gardens such as the Perennial Garden, Sunken Garden, and Herb Garden. Olbrich's outdoor gardens are open daily, year-round.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Garden
“Botanical garden with thousands of plants, from tropical species to seasonal flowers, in a glass-domed structure.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Park
“The Wizard of OZ theme holds true with the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, and Toto statues. The park features such Oz-ified amenities as a playground called Dorothy’s Playlot and a volunteer green space known as The Emerald Gardens. Entrances are at intersections of W Webster & N Orchard (statue of Dorothy) and intersection of N Lincoln Ave, N Larrabee St., and W Webster (statue of the Tin Man).”
  • 42 locals recommend
Garden
“World Renowned gardens. Beautiful to visit. There is a great resturant on site that serves breakfast and lunch ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Garden
“Beautiful walk through garden that is the perfect place for a couple's date! ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Garden
“Great space to walk around especially in the Spring and Summer boasting flowers and a real, working windmill that grinds flour you can purchase.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Garden
“This library is so big, they named an el platform after it! Eight stories worth of books, electronic media, and events are just a few Pink Line stops away.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Garden
“Gorgeous indoor jungle worth a visit. Great for a rainy day activity. Conveniently located right off the Green Line.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Don't leave Detroit without a visit to Belle Isle. There's views and activities for everyone.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Garden
“100 year old conservatory offers a great place for a picnic and area for kids to run around.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Garden
“Visit the Botanical Gardens for a relaxing afternoon. Plentiful parking and easy to explore.”
  • 8 locals recommend
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  • 4 locals recommend
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“Great place to go for a hike, bring the kids to learn about nature, enjoy many of their activities or just sit in the grass and enjoy the day. They have year round activities for the entire family including bicycle rental in the park with miles of roads to ride on. Great trails for hiking.”
  • 9 locals recommend