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West of the Lake Gardens

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Address: 915 Memorial Dr, Manitowoc, WI 54220-2240
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+1 920-684-6110

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Beautiful Spot for a Break

My husband and I love to stop here as we are biking on the Maritime Trail. The gardens are beautifully arranged, with Lake Michigan as a stunning backdrop, and there are lots of... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
Erica S
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

My husband and I love to stop here as we are biking on the Maritime Trail. The gardens are beautifully arranged, with Lake Michigan as a stunning backdrop, and there are lots of places to sit and contemplate. I especially like the collection of roses on the north side of the garden.

Thank Erica S
Mishicot, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Want to spend a quiet afternoon on a hot summer day, this is the place to go and cool off, as it's right on Lake Michigan, and it's one of the most beautiful places along Lake Michigan. My sister and I use to bring our mother here all the time because she just love looking at all the different types... More 

Thank rogerv804
Springfield, Missouri
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We did not know about this garden in advance, we stumbled upon it on our way out of town after a visit to the Maritime Museum. It was in its glorious late summer best, it could not have been more delightful to see the beautiful flowers with the lake in the background. All the beds were so carefully planned for... More 

Thank Pam B
Denmark, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This place is amazing. My honey and I visited the FREE admission gardens in August. Everywhere you look we saw beautiful flowers. Some annuals and a lot of perennials. Their roses are to die for. They must have over 14 different varieties and the colors will take your breath away. The views of lake Michigan behind the gardens would be... More 

Thank Patricia M
Olney, Illinois
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199 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We rushed through the gardens because we got here 15 mins before they closed so we looked around real quick. Allow at least 30 min to an hour to enjoy the scenery and the flowers. Well worth it if you are near Manitowoc

Thank chuckie_css
Champlin, Minnesota
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60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Great gardens and lot of work place into them. If you want to relax and enjoy a calm afternoon vist the gardens. You will enjoy the roses, the combination of all the other plants and forget about the outside world

Thank Lucian B
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

The gardens are located on the main road in Manitowoc, and it is free. The location is beautiful, being on the shores of Lake Michigan. The gardens are impeccably maintained and very enjoyable.

Thank dianepdk
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14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This was a wonderful surprise located just next to Lake Michigan. The flowers were all in bloom and had a wide variety of well maintained and designed gardens. We had a nice walk around the grounds. There are some paved walks but most are through the grass.

Thank Cathy L
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126 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We were in Manitowoc on our way to Green Bay looking for an activity to do. We heard about the gardens and went to check it out. What a wonderful garden, so beautiful and well manicured. The best garden I have ever seen. And best yet, it is free. I highly recommend the self tour.

Thank Robert H
Marshfield, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We stopped here thinking we would have to pay, but was surprised to find it free (although they take donations.) A photographer's dream, with all the beautiful flowers and the lake in the background. We didn't have the grandkids with us, but I think they would have loved it too, because the lawns are quite expansive with lots of room... More 

Thank Linda R

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