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Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

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Address: 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles, MI 49120-9020
Phone Number:
+1 269-695-6491
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

A living museum of delicate ecosystems.

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Beautiful in all seasons. Explore the many trails in the tranquil setting. Spy numerous wildlife. Spring and summer bring lovely flowers, fall foliage is amazing and Christmas at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
April V
Niles, Michigan
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Niles, Michigan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful in all seasons. Explore the many trails in the tranquil setting. Spy numerous wildlife. Spring and summer bring lovely flowers, fall foliage is amazing and Christmas at Fernwood is always a treat. Great gift shop, too!

Thank April V
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Fernwood is a very kid friendly place. You can take hikes on trails and observe wildlife. You can also take a board walk out onto a stand to look into the Saint Joe River. They also have summer camps during the summers.

Thank KaylaTrip
Three Rivers
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A great spot for our book club field trip. Wonderful gardens and great food at the cafe. Nice walking trails.

Thank Mary D
Elkhart, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We recently bought a groupon for this place. I'm so glad we did! It is a lot bigger than our local botanical garden. There's so many trails. So my 13 year old was happy about that and the model train area (that is pretty big and very detailed) kept my 4 year old attention for over an hour(until we had... More 

Thank Stephanie H
South Bend, IN
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Beautiful gardens, sculptures, trains. Nice cafe. Nice gift shop. A nice afternoon visit for family and friends.

Thank Diane C
Shorewood, Illinois
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We love botanical gardens, so we went out of our way on a trip to stop here. We thought we were lost finding it. Don't let the gravel road dissuade you. It was very nice, if small. The workers were nice. The cafe served very good food. The map for the hike through the woods was inadequate (we got lost).... More 

Thank czook52
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Beautiful gardens, clear creeks running next to quiet trails in the woods... The colourful prairie was the absolute highlight. This is one of the most beautiful parks I have visited. The front desk has free biscuits for visitor which were delicious! There was also mosquito repellant - not edible:-) - essential if you want to take a walk in the... More 

Thank U9497UKhelenh
Mentone, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I loved this botanical garden. I just stopped because I was a little early getting to my hotel. It was a very warm day but the gardens are full of benches and shaded areas. I only saw 2 others people the whole time I was there. I would highly recommend a stop here.

Thank JKeesler
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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98 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Today a group of us went to Fernwood for lunch. It was really excellent. We also spent time in the very unique gift shop where I really like to buy presents. We are Fernwood members so we visit often but usually our time is spent touring the gardens, going to plant sales, or attending seminars. It is a wonderful nature... More 

Thank Gardener2014
Chicago, Illinois
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111 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

It is a lovely place full of beautiful spots. Bring your walking shoes, camera and sunscreen or a hat. There is a lovely indoor space with a train that runs through it with some tropical plants. You can view them from a little balcony in the main building. Walking out into the garden proper is a little magical with the... More 

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