Completely handicapped accessible - all indoor AND outdoor displays.

Has many themed Gardens - English perennial, shade, farm, sculpture, volunteer garden opening in the fall of 2006.

Indoor gardens/exhibits include the Lena Meijer conservatory, which is tropical, Victorian garden, seasonal garden, carnivorous plant, arid garden.

Sculpture inside and out - major sculpture park outside,  and a few indoor galleries, along with pieces scattered through the building.

Houses a large Dale Chihuly chandelier, which was commissioned by/designed for the Gardens and is a one-of-a-kind.

Largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibit in America - runs March & April every year.

Extensive Christmas/Holiday tree exhibit Thanksgiving through New Years - 40 different cultures represented.

At Christmastime, houses a "Polar Express" train exhibit, in honor of the area native who wrote the book, Chris VanAllsburg.

Contains one of two DaVinci horses (2-3 story sculptures) - the other is in GR's sister city in Italy.  The largest equine sculpture in the world.

Hosts a popular concert series in the summer in the outdoor ampitheater - schedules vary.

Outdoor Children's garden open year-round. The whole facility is actually, indoor and out.

Has a great cafe, which serves coffee & pastries for the morning visitors, sandwiches, soup, and salads through the rest of the day. Has special hot entrees (sometimes themed ones, depending on the current exhibitions). Kid's menu available. Wine and beer available.

May be a bit expensive for some for a one-time visit. But the memberships are quite reasonable and a good deal.

Gift shop has two different "themes" - one half is garden-oriented, and the other classy and unique gift items and Meijer Gardens merchandise. 

A wonderful, easy-to-get-to location. A 10-15 minute drive from downtown. Right off of the highways, near where 96, 196 and the East Beltline come together.