40 Best Stops Between Detroit and Minneapolis (2024)

The top stops along the way from Detroit to Minneapolis (with short detours) are Millennium Park, Horseshoe Hammond Casino, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Other popular stops include Cloud Gate, Blue Gate Theatre, and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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Toledo Museum of Art

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Museums

The Toledo Museum of Art is an art museum located in the historic Old West End district of central Toledo, Ohio. The museum's collection features a wide range of art from classical to contemporary, and includes works by some of history's most well-known painters. The Glass Pavilion is one of the most popular attractions at the museum, and its curved glass walls are simply stunning.

It was a bigger museum than I expected and curated well. The inside layout is a bit confusing but you can see a lot. You get a lot of hope for good items when you first walk in and see the Van Gogh and Monet right away, but that was about it. There was a small Rodin Thinker as well. All in all, a good time, and worth a visit if you are in the area

DK P — Google review

Wow this place is amazing! We traveled from Columbus to check out the museum and we weren’t disappointed. We have a membership with Columbus Museum of Art and through the reciprocal agreement program this was all free for us. The museum itself is free but normally you would pay $10 for parking. But since we have the membership it was free. They had works of art from all eras and I was happy to see a Renoir as those are my favorites! We spent 3 hours and didn’t get to see everything before they closed. We will be back! They have a little coffee shop with food (we didn’t go in so I can’t review that piece). They have bathrooms up and downstairs. Plenty of parking and everything is accessible. Check this out, you won’t be disappointed!

Cheryl E — Google review

Beautiful museum. I've been to several museums and this is one to see. Several unique exhibits 💚💯💯

Kenny G — Google review

I am so grateful to have such an incredible art museum in our city. My son & I frequent this place. We always enjoy ourselves. If and when he does get antsy about not interacting with the art, we just head downstairs where he can touch EVERYTHING! My little dude has been Culturally educated and inspired with the opportunities we've had to visit this place from such an early age. Thanks Toledo!🖼🎨🌃🎵😎

Ashley S — Google review

This beautiful complex is wonderfully curated which makes it easy and pleasant to experience the beauty presented. There is variety, history and culture.I discovered a Dutch painting of people enjoying themselves on the frozen canal. And there were men playing golf! Yes, in 17th C.! The golf clubs were similar to those used in the 1920s.There are many buildings on the acreage of the campus. One is the "glass" museum which also houses a glassblowing demonstration and the Impressionist hall.There is paid parking, but free entry. But be careful: if you switch parking lots to go to other buildings, it'll cost another $10. Better to walk across the street.The staff are pleasant and personable, and contributed to a marvelous experiences we had.

Pamela N — Google review

The Toledo Museum of Art has so much to offer for engagement and wedding photo locations! I much prefer the outdoor locations so I do not impede on museum-goer experiences, but they are so good you won't even miss the indoor spots! There are marble columns for some classic and regal-looking photos and then there are pathways surrounded by unique art. My favorite spot is this cool metal building/wall. Rainy or bad weather? The Glass Pavilion is a very cool spot right across the street.

Luckybird P — Google review

Great museum! The mummified cat was neat. They had some really nice pieces and everyone we spoke with that worked there was super nice. If you get to close to something it announces that you’re too close and to back up. Beautiful pieces in the gift shop as well.

Jessica — Google review

I loved it here and want to go back soon. I went on a Friday when it was not crowded and found it very peaceful. Beautiful building and grounds and the museum features wonderful artwork. And admission is free! You pay for parking inside and it’s super easy.

Madelyn P — Google review

First time visiting the museum. The staff was professional and friendly and the museum exhibits were awesome. Spent 3 hours and ran out of time. Looking forward to going back. The Caravaggio exhibit was special and I learned a lot about the artist, his life, and style. I have a new appreciation for art in the little time I spent there.

Jim J — Google review

Went to see the traveling Age of Armor exhibit that is currently on display. It was wonderfully laid out with an available audio tour. How ever long you think you'll be there, add time. There's much to see.

Michael G — Google review

A beautiful museum filled with amazing treasures. Only 10.00 to park( which you pay for inside) and free admission. I was so happy to see so many people there today. Whether you casually browse or inspect everything it's a great place to go. So excited to go back sometime and try out the cafe.

Dawn M — Google review

One of the best art museums I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to over 30 museums, we didn’t even get to go to the blown glass Art building across the street, so we have to go back. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!!

Deidra L — Google review

One of the very best art museums in the state of Ohio!! Free to enter, just pay parking. Don't miss the wonderful outdoor sculptures too!! Also. Explore the museum of glass across the street. Free to see!!

Jay B — Google review

Came on a field trip with The Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club. We saw an amazing exhibit of artworks by Jacob Lawrence. Very nicely curated. It's such an amazing museum and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. I am happy to have learned this gem that is just over an hour away from Detroit.

Maurice A — Google review

I was in town to visit the museum and I just expected more. The staff was nice and it was a nice day. I just expected a little more. If you are in the area check it out.

George B — Google review

A famous spot at Toledo, where it accommodate varieties of arts and with detailed descriptions. The information is very educative and it’s good to have family trips here.

Allen T — Google review

An amazing museum with a rich collection of exhibits! Here you can spend the whole day and get great pleasure from the contemplation of works of art.

Elina M — Google review

The Caravaggio exhibit and the Marisol exhibit were both wonderful to see! The museum is always interesting to visit and the Glass Pavilion is very special. We had lunch at the museum, too with a nice glass of wine. They have vegan options so it's perfect for me

Lissa P — Google review

This is a great museum with impressive Egyptian collection amongst many others. Don't miss the glass gallery across the street housed in a sleek glass building designed by Pritzker recognized architects. Nothing against Toledo, but this is much more museum than you might expect in such a city.

Mike A — Google review

Wow, they have Van Goghs, Renoir, Tiffany’s and Picasso in their collection. World Class.

A T — Google review

The museum was great. Some modern, contemporary, and a good amount of the great fine arts. It would be nice if parking was free, but I'm sure it goes towards the Museum

Edwin D — Google review

The ceilings are high, the exhibit is large and spacious and beautifully set up. There are multiple items to review in one space. The art is interesting and there is so much to read. You can literally spend 5 hours at this museum just reading everything and learning. It's free with $10 parking. There are multiple places to sit in every room, the staff is friendly, and the environment is quiet and extremely well kept up. Love it here.

Marie W — Google review

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2445 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43620, USA

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Toledo Zoo

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Zoos & Aquariums

The Toledo Zoo is a massive and popular zoological institution in Ohio that features attractions and exhibits from all over the world. It's a great place to visit during the holidays, or any other time of year for that matter, as it's home to some amazing animals and scenery.

This zoo is a wonderful fixture in the community. We have lived here over a year now and have been members since our first week! The summer camps are great, lights are magical, the ice slide is a fun addition. We always get the experience package and definitely recommend the addition to the membership. We went to Noon Years Eve this NYE and everyone in our party had a blast. I lead a local Girl scout troop and our girls have been for the zoo sleepover as well as 2 day programs, everything we have had the opportunity to participate in has been great!

Mollie — Google review

Absolutely amazing place to visit. I hadn't been back since I was in middle school almost 25 years ago. What an amazing transformation and yet still very familiar. I had a blast with my family and will try to get back before another couple decades pass. What a great place to spend the day with loved ones and honestly it's so great maybe even a great place to walk around with enemies as there is so many cool exhibits to look at. Really recommend to anyone who has a few or more hours and is in the area.

Brad ( — Google review

Fantastic zoo! We went in purchasing basic admission and came out running to the membership sign up stand. The animals at this zoo were more lively and active than any other zoo I've been too. There were so many baby animals to see. The aquarium and aviary was stellar and large. The reptile house is always my favorite but sadly the largest, the alligator, was sleepy.General admission for two adults is $58.00. Parking is $11.00 at the Hippo road entrance parking lot. We decided to buy the membership because we absolutely will be back! We were able to combine our ticket purchase from today and the total for the family membership was $48.00! That pays for itself in two visits and you receive free parking with that membership. We didn't stop at any of the restaurants, but maybe next time.

Makayla S — Google review

We love the zoo! It's close to our house, and we have a membership. I highly recommend getting one. The zoo has plenty of special events throughout the year, but the Lights Before Christmas is an absolute must. The work they've put into the new exhibits and renovations is amazing. A few of our favorite attractions...Nature's Neighborhood and the Splash Pad for the kiddos...The Natural History Museum (my favorite)....The Aquarium...The Aviary...the Giraffe feeding...and all the animals of course! I would love to give it 5 stars, but the prices are so high. Also, they no longer allow outside food or drinks. Real bummer.Still a season ticket makes it all worthwhile.

Tonya O — Google review

I am a little biased and a little spoiled because I’ve grown up going to the Columbus Zoo. This zoo is nice and small and does have some unique features and animals that Columbus doesn’t have.The price was absolutely ridiculous. $31for one ticket?? I don’t understand what for. They could’ve made their money in other ways if anything was open. The play areas, train, and zip line/climbing area were all closed. If those were open, it would’ve relieved some areas from being so congested and they could’ve made their money that way instead of charging so much at the entrance.I agree with the other reviews and have noticed for myself that the exhibits are ridiculously small for some of the animals. I would say the biggest ones are the elephant exhibit and the land with the zebras, giraffes, camels, okapis, etc.They have an amazing aviary with very unique birds and it is my favorite part of this zoo, the aquarium is bigger than ours and has a variety of creatures.Love that they had the baby elephant out. He was two months old and at Columbus, we would never be able to see the elephants that close to being born.Another problem I have is there is a lot of walking especially to get to the other side where most of the exhibits are. Also a lot of walking with not seeing anything in between all that walking or you have to walk back through what you just saw to get to something else instead of being able to circle around. It should be better mapped out.

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What a fun day at the zoo. Weather was perfect. Hanging out with my sisters, exchange daughter from Denmark and my great nephew was great. The animals were active and fun to watch. The baby elephant was probably the most adorable animal at the zoo today.The Toledo Zoo never fails.

Sue P — Google review

We always love going to the Toledo Zoo for the lights, and this year was better than ever. After two decades of visiting every year, the Aviary was FINALLY open and we got to see some amazing specimens. Lots of other animals were out, too. Not to mention the lights, which were spectacular as always. The zoo employee screaming at us to get out of the orangutan exhibit did sour the experience a bit, I must say.

Melissa F — Google review

Love this zoo, I've been coming here since I was a kid- and it seems to just get better and better each year. We went on a Wednesday this year and it wasn't very crowded at all. The animals were more interactive than I've ever seen That's gotta be my favorite thing about this zoo, how well the animals are looked after. Their enclosures are large, they seem genuinely happy, which makes this place such a great experience. I've gone to other zoos in major cities and in comparison, they've seemed like backyard barn farms. Despite the stellar review, definitely be prepared for the price of food. It's outrageous, but what tourist attraction doesn't have outrageously priced food? It's a tradition. The souvenirs are also jacked up in price- but the stuff is pretty cute. I personally love my little octopus plushie I got from the aquarium gift shop. And as a native to the Toledo area, its very important they reopen the entrance on Broadway. If you serve the community in such a large way as letting the entire county free on Mondays, at least let the people who live in the neighborhood walk in. They have to put up with a lot due to the zoo- and it would be nice if the zoo extended that kindness. Other than that soapbox speech, the Toledo zoo really is a wonderful place that is near and dear to my heart.

Carrie R — Google review

It was an amazing day I must say. Relaxing, educational, inspiring. We had a wonderful tym seeing everything there & the guides that explain the exhibits r so very appreciated, helpful, kind. I luvd they were there to explain and make it more enjoyable to learn about each animal. I must say the tiniest seahorses I've ever seen there, were amazing too.. it's truly a wonderful zoo.. even in the rain.

Shannon ( — Google review

Had a great day with my family, enjoying the sights and scenery. The zoo has done a lot of improvements since the last time I was there 10+ years ago. The exhibits were great. The food was good, definitely slightly pricey, but there were lots of options. Everything was really clean except for the baby changing station in one of the family restrooms. We bought a membership and I think it is totally worth it because you get free parking (which is normally $10) and also receive 10% off on all food purchases. We can't wait to go back soon!

Leah — Google review

Had a wonderful time at the zoo. Varieties of animals, nice exhibits, lot many ones for children to enjoy. Concession stands all available in the same area instead of scattered across the zoo. Pumpkin carvings, inflatables, play areas, it was all fun!

Satyajit D — Google review

Was a great experience. One of my favorite zoos. And I go to 2 new zoos every year. Seen so many animals I haven't seen at other zoos. Nice to see pairs and no solo animals. Plenty of places for kids to play and have fun. Free water fountains, huge plus there. We pay enough to get in. Love seeing the original buildings in with the new. Will recommend.

Dkce — Google review

This zoo was so fun, so much to see and the animals are so much more active than most zoos we’ve been to. The animals looked happy and well taken care of and that’s always nice to see! Definitely worth the drive and the kids loved it.

GABBY M — Google review

Toledo Zoo is easily a place where you could spend the whole day. There’s a huge variety of animals to visit, the enclosures are very well-maintained, the park is clean, has lots of information on every animal there. The staff there are very friendly, passionate, and knowledgeable. Being able to see these beautiful animals up close and personal is an amazing experience. Recommend checking out the aviary where they have a section of that area, with free-roaming birds. Another place I’d recommend is the touch tank where you can touch sturgeon. And lastly the reptiles & museum! So many different species of snakes & a collection of pinned butterflies, moths, bees, beetles, and so on. I 100% would go again.

Cimbery K — Google review

Wayyyyyy better than Detroit Zoo. The aviary is filled with the most beautiful birds. The primates are always so fun to watch. I wish they would get the giraffe feeding open. We are still waiting to do this!

Bill G — Google review

Very nice zoo. Came from Detroit to see animals we don’t have at the Detroit zoo. I personally didn’t get to see very many, as the group I was with was slow moving lol. This is obviously no fault of the zoo but I missed a lot and I will certainly have to come back. From what I did see, it appears to be a very nice zoo and the animals were pretty active. They do also have a small aquarium which is included with admission. You can easily get through the aquarium in half an hour, so don’t expect to spend a long time there. They do have a touch tank where you can touch rays and small sharks. The kids really enjoyed that.The zoo does have a train that doesn’t go very far, but it’s only $2.50 per person, they also have a merry go round for $2 each. They of course also have places to buy souvenirs and get your face painted.The coolest exhibit I saw there was the museum of natural history that had lots of detailed sculptures of animals that were once in America but are now extinct such as giant sloths, mastodons, etc. This building also had a touch tank where you can touch sturgeon.There are quite a few places to eat there, but a lot appeared to be closed. Be prepared to pay a premium for bottled water, you may want to consider bringing your own, as it was $4 per bottleOverall, we had a fun time and I definitely want to come back so I can see everything. I would definitely check this out if you’re in the area and if you’re in Detroit, I’d suggest visiting this zoo as a change from the one in Detroit if you’d like to see some different animals. Zoo is only about an hour away from Detroit.

Paige A — Google review

Easily one of the best zoo experiences I've had:The layout takes a second to get used too with most of the zoo being on the opposite side of the road, they have a nice tunnel and bridge to get to the other side which makes it convenient. When I was here today there was a ramp under construction.A lot of the exhibits are clean and spacious. The animals today were very active and there are a ton of free up-close interactions you can partake in.The staff was friendly and knowledgeable as they wandered the park and interacted with everyone.I would absolutely recommend everyone take a chance here and explore, it's a great and exciting learning environment for everyone!

Jacob S — Google review

I've always liked that it's an easy zoo to navigate with plenty of great attractions. If you have small kiddos, this is the zoo for you. Easy to walk, good concessions, and the exhibits will keep the kids entertained and often amazed. Don't worry, as an adult you'll feel like akud again.

Cyril R — Google review

Good selection of animals to see and they keep improving and expanding habitats. Lots of interactive experiences for kids and people of all ages. Great aquarium, green houses and play areas. Their aviary and reptile house is also nice. They also have a great museum and an outdoor amphitheater. There is also a vegetable patch and pollinator garden. Some cramped quarters for some animals but I can see they’re working on improving the overall quality of life for the animals. Clean bathrooms and nursing areas.Overall good well rounded experience. Well worth the membership/ ticket fee. Highly recommend getting a membership especially if you have kids. Lots to explore even if you end up coming a few times a month like we do! They also have free days/ times. Friendly knowledgeable staff and volunteers

Mahisha A — Google review

It's a good zoo. Some animals weren't out, unfortunately. Lots of walking, I believe most if not all of it is stroller/wheelchair accessible! The aquarium has touch tanks where you're able to touch some sea animals. There is a splash pad, it was closed for the season when we visited but hope to visit it when they open again when it warms up. Some animals are no longer there that were there years ago, understandable but sad 😢 . Buy a membership, it's worth it.

Leslie E — Google review

Too much fun! If you can, get an family pass you should definitely go for it. There’s too much going to see and one day is not enough time!🥰 we also got the experience package which pays for itself. We get to go on as many rides as we want on the safari train and carousel. And we can feed the giraffes with it too. Plus it gets you trick or treating for free and all the other seasonal activities as well.

Mary S — Google review

The zoo is very large and there are many attractions and animals to see. The main food area has been closed both times we've visited, leaving less shaded picnic/rest areas. The giraffe experience, the polar bears and the splash pad were our favorite parts. The aquarium is large and has hands on areas as well. The website says no outside food or drink but bags were not checked at the door.

Melissa C — Google review

I've been coming to this zoo for almost as long as I've lived in the US (23 years), and it never ceases to impress.As a professional nature and wildlife photographer, it offers a great place to practice my craft.

Miguel D — Google review

This was my first time to the Toledo Zoo. I was already in town to photograph the eclipse so I decided to take my camera and visit. It was amazing! From easy parking near the entrance to learning that Veterans are admitted free (just charged 11 dollars for parking) it was a great experience. Lots of different animals - easy to see and photograph. A wonderful day trip. So much fun.

Chris H — Google review

Wonderful place to visit with the family. We visit frequently throughout the year during every season. Beautiful foliage in the spring and summer with wonderful fall and winter decorations as well. There are many fun things to do at the zoo from the carousel, train, ride, aquarium, and aviary. The Zoo is a must DO!

Hilari H — Google review

Most expensive zoo we've gone too. I think prices across the board were a bit higher than anything we've seen from other, better known zoos. Also had to pay for parking.But anyway, I'll always give zoos 5 stars if they treat the animals well. The habitats were well thought out and most were well sized. All animals had forms of enrichment and ways to stay active which was great. There is information and historical data all over the park so there is plenty to read, which I enjoyed.Besides pricing, my only complaint are the information TVs above most exhibits. It takes way too long for most of the information screens to cycle back around and I just couldn't keep waiting. They either need to add more TVs or simply go back to the informational signs like most zoos have.And clean the glass. It was hard to see into a lot of exhibits. But we went late in the year. Maybe that's a seasonal job??

AJ F — Google review

The place was such a beautiful escape from the business of downtown. We got there super early, so our first walk around, they were still letting some animals out. After about 30minutes, though, everyone was ready to play.The staff were well informed and eager to teach and share experiences. I can’t wait to come back with my nephews. This was my “trial run” they’re going to love Kirk the new baby elephant 🐘

Shakiyla I — Google review

Wonderful, cool underground walkway and overhead bridges. While not every feature was open since it's not a weekend but there was still plenty to do. Food at the Bistro was lovely, pricing is what you would expect from a zoo, but worth it. A lot of cool stuff in the gift shop. The animals were so photogenic, and the gardens by the conservatory are so serene. Whether you're on your own, or with friends, it's a nice place to walk around and enjoy your day.

Braeden P — Google review

I absolutely love the Toledo zoo.We specifically went to see "Kirk," the baby elephant. The zoo staff was very careful about managing viewing the mother and baby elephant for the care of the elephants. I'm glad. It was nice to see.I try to go on days that are normally less busy. This zoo does a really good job at keeping restrooms clean at zoo facilities. We had a zoo greeting from staff upon entering, and the young man asked if we would like a group picture. I said yes, please, and thank you.I handed my camera to him. Now, thankfully, I have a great family picture of a very pleasant and fun visit to the toledo zoo. 😀

Frank B — Google review

A great zoo in northern Ohio for all to enjoy! Hippos, Giraffes, and even an aquarium make for a great time at this zoo! Easily spotted from the road, lots of parking, fairly priced entry ticket and vendors throughout the zoo. Most definitely worth stopping by and experiencing for yourself, or with family!

Sean Q — Google review

I love this zoo! Our family has a membership and we live in Ann Arbor. We try to go as much as we can but the membership is worth it. They have awesome animals and activities. Their aquarium is really cool. My fav is the red panda and baby Kirk the elephant! It’s not super huge so it’s easy to get around. They have great food choices. The parking is super close and you don’t have to walk far at all.

Jessica S — Google review

I could spend hours marveling at the beauty of nature housed within the Toledo Zoo. It was truly a day filled with wonder and appreciation for our planet’s diverse inhabitants.Exploring the different exhibits was a journey through various ecosystems. The Arctic Encounter with polar bears gracefully gliding through the water was breathtaking, while the African Savanna transported me amidst giraffes, wild buffalos, zebras, and tiger with her cubs. One of the highlights was the Aviary, a paradise filled with colorful birds from around the world. Moreover, the zoo’s commitment to conservation and education shone through their informative sessions and conservation initiatives. It was heartwarming to witness their dedication to preserving endangered species and raising awareness about wildlife conservation. It was a great experience and still lots more to see & cover, probably when I visit again

Dinakaran P — Google review

Toledo ZooWent to this zoo in 2017. Not bad. When you live next to the Detroit Zoo. Most zoos look small. Good size. Many people. No issues. I do like the fact that you don't need to pay extra to visit the Aquarium.Highly Recommended

Kalvin H — Google review

We love The Toledo Zoo! We typically visit on Mondays when it is free for Lucas County residents. The employees are great and pretty knowledgeable. The Zoo is well kept! The only complaint I have is that the Zoo is absolutely cashless. So I refuse to purchase anything while I am there. I only pay for parking.

Crystal S — Google review

Took my children here while visiting family. The Toledo Zoo is great. So many animals to see! The baby elephant is so cute!!

Rachel W — Google review

My wife and I are visiting from Cincinnati for the weekend. The first stop was the zoo, and we had a great time. The zoo is not really big but is spread out and the habitats are very nice! The Toledo Zoo is a MUST visit for sure!!!

Richard S — Google review

Great place to go. I love this place because it has so many animals to look at including a bird house, reptile house, aquarium, and more. It is also great because during Christmas when they have the lights up it Is so amazing.

Tate's S — Google review

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Pine Knob Music Theatre

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Amphitheater featuring a 15,000-seat pavilion with lawn seating, expansive beer garden & BBQ eatery.

Pine Knob is an incredible concert venue. The layout is great with many bars and restaurants scattered around the main hilltop. It’s definitely worth getting there early to find a good parking spot and have a meal and drinks before the show starts. There are no bad seats here, and the production and music quality is always top notch. Staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful.Leaving can be a bit tough as the parking lot is prone to traffic jams. Recommend parking near the exit and walking a bit extra to get into the venue.

Josh L — Google review

Great place to ski for beginners. They have a decent cafe for food and beer. The coaches were pretty good and patient as we took a few skiing lessons as well.

George V — Google review

Great Venue to see the Dave Matthews Band! The traffic flow and parking flow control are the only headaches. Some concert goers are a bit pushy and not so friendly, especially after when they are wanting to be first to leave. Patience people. We are all leaving after a great show, so don't ruin the vibe.

Angela H — Google review

Great service at the Ivy lounge and overall. The venue is beautiful and definitely a different kind of concert experience. It has the feel of a festival with all the different stands, food and drink options. It's like it's own little town. Would highly recommend. Plan on a long wait in the parking lot after shows though that was probably the most frustrating part of the event. They only have flaggers at the main outlets.

Heather L — Google review

Neil Young was a great show! Staff were very helpful after my wife cut her thumb. One critique... security should tell people on the sidewalk in front of the lawn seats that they can't sit or stand on the sidewalk. People were tripping & unable to walk safely. Other people had their views blocked by people standing at the railing. Just tell people it has to be kept clear & no sitting/standing on the sidewalk.

Michael B — Google review

Great venue! Been going to concerts here for 25 yrs. Nice additions over the years and now have many food and vendor options. Lawn seats still way worth it. Bathrooms are always clean. Pricy for food/drink but what place isn't now adays. Read website for updated bag/purse/chair rule. 2021 they have really limited what you can bring in. Traffic at end is always slow moving but give them a few minutes and it will eventually go quick, 20 to 40 minutes on average, so just have a good playlist cued up!

Kelly H — Google review

What a concert! What a venue! Finally got to see the maestro himself, Brian Wilson, and the band that made horns a part of rock-n-roll - Chicago! The venue is large but retains a familiar vibe that is welcoming to all. There are lots of memories of great concerts in this clean and comfortable place that boasts lots of greenery, ample parking, and thoughtful amenities. And you’ve gotta love the return to the original name (not that I ever stopped calling it Pine Knob)! Turn it up!

Joseph J — Google review

Went to watch Dave Matthews Band. The performance was amazing, but the venue seriously overbooked with the amount of tickets they sold. There were hundreds of people that had nowhere to sit/stand so we had to wait on the sidewalks surrounding the band shell (the view was blocked by huge trees) and only listen to the concert instead of actually getting the full experience you'd expect from a concert, which was very unfortunate. Vendors were great, only issue was the venue itself.I also noticed that most of the venue was not wheelchair accessible. There were many steps throughout the venue (I didn't see any ramps) and even hills you had to climb to get to certain areas with no hand rails. We literally saw a woman slip and fall right in front us trying to get to the Hilltop deck to see the concert. If the venue was able to successfully accommodate that many people, it would've been a completely different outcome.

Rachel B — Google review

It's Pine Knob and you enter on Bob Seger Way! What else do you need? We saw Foreigner there, but the concert venue has everything. It's an outdoor venue with covered seating near the stage and sloped lawn seating (you can bring beach chairs that sit low) around the covered permanent seating. The sight lines are good and the music can be heard throughout! Enjoy!

John C — Google review

Saw Neil Young and crazy horse. The venue was gorgeous! Staff friendly and helpful

Tami G — Google review

“Theatre” doesn’t do these grounds justice… This place is a city! Multiple restaurants, about 100 different stands where you can buy a Bud light and tons of room for fans to walk around without feeling overcrowded. I’ve been going to DTE for years now, and decided to give it the 5-star review it deserves after back-to-back concerts this weekend!

Spencer — Google review

Incredible concert venue! I visited for the first time on 9/10 to see Florence + The Machine and I left quite impressed.The sound quality is phenomenal, the grounds are kept very clean and look quite scenic, and all of the staff we encountered were friendly. I was especially surprised at how easy it was to leave the venue once the concert came to an end. Who would have thought it would have been so simple to leave alongside 14k other people. Whatever they are doing, they need to keep it up!

Liz — Google review

It's a nice venue. It has a very inviting feel. The sound was good, the staff were all friendly. I'm happy I flew here from New Jersey just to see a show.Hopefully, Billy Strings returns in the future.

Charles C — Google review

For context - went to see Simple Plan, Sum 41 and the Offspring.Interesting music venue being half indoor half outdoor.Great place for that festival atmosphere with a variety of eateries and bars when you need an break or sustenance. The toilets are always clean for a concert venue and in good supply.Only downside is when it rains as if you're not under the Pavillion, you will need a poncho or coat since there are few places to shelter.

Mike A — Google review

Magic ✨ of Lights at Pine Knob was a nice family outing.The light displays were impressive. They have an area where you can park and walk an area with lights. They have some food trucks on site that serve hot drinks and snacks.

Matthew P — Google review

These days I have no interest in sitting on the lawn. The pavilion itself is great though. I've seen countless shows over the years here. Included pictures are from 2023 Riff Fest.

Josh S — Google review

Very clean and well organized. We got there early and had great parking.

Josh Y — Google review

I came to see Arctic Monkeys live. My favorite band. Only issue was that some of the ushers were telling me to “go back to my seat” and to “stop wandering around” when I simply was walking around before the show even started. No need for the rudeness. Arctic Monkeys didn’t do anything wrong though, so it’s fine I love them. 10/10 band, but 7/10 theatre.

Star D — Google review

The best place for outdoor concerts! Especially in the lawn section, the moon rises over the mountain and it shines over the amphitheater, it's beautiful!Parking is always good, I've never had a problem getting out after shows.

Connor S — Google review

Pine Knob is an amazing outdoor venue. It makes for a fabulous experience. Drink prices are way overboard, like almost every place is now but well worth the epic night you'll have. Enjoy

Bob — Google review

A gorgeous venue! We were in the lawn seats, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The people there were welcoming and kind, everyone was just having a great time together! The drinks were pricey, but that's to be expected. We had a great time and I can't wait to go back!

Angela W — Google review

We had a fantastic time at Beck and Phoenix! Haven't been to Pine Knob in years and it was so nice to see a concert outside. Everything was clean and well maintained. Getting in and out was surprisingly quick and easy.

Sarah W — Google review

I've been to this venue many times throughout my life and have thoroughly enjoyed each experience. Regardless of the artist or where you sit, each the sounds is phenomenal. Whether in the pavilion or on the lawn (with the cool people), there is no bad spot in the venue and you always feel like you're making a strong connection with the performer as if they were right in front of you. This is my favorite place to catch a concert and I cannot wait to return for my next one.

Kyle T — Google review

Great venue to see a concert. That being said, had negative experience with box office staff who said they had no information for us causing my party to miss a "meet and greet" experience that I bought special tickets just for the ability to upgrade to the meet and greet package. The first woman pulled her shade down without saying anything when I went to her window then the next window person came and sat and talked with her for what seemed like 10 minutes before just blurting out "I have no information for you".

Ryan S — Google review

4.6

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33 Bob Seger Dr, Village of Clarkston, MI 48348, USA

(313) 471-7000

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Michigan Stadium

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The Big House, the historic 110,000-seat football stadium at the University of Michigan, hosted a free Spring scrimmage event that was enjoyable and recommendable. The game was entertaining, and some penalties and calls by referees made it even more amusing. Children were allowed to meet players, get autographs and step onto the field. The stadium is an impressive piece of real estate with a rich history that can be appreciated even by non-Michigan fans. Highly recommended for all visitors!

Nothing short of amazing! What an amazing piece of real estate...all the history. Our tour guide was great. He's been at it for the last 40 years. Highly recommend, even if you're not a Michigan fan. Having said that: Go Blue 〽️🏈💪

theTacticalCigar — Google review

Was at the Michigan vs little brother game with my dad today. Great game. Great stadium. Go BLUE! We are gonna beat Rutgers, Nebraska, Illinois and then that team down south. Parked at the Presbyterian church about 1.25 miles away and April helped us out and was very hospitable. I hope to one day return to see the view of the stadium from the box seats. Also shout out Roman Wilson and moody!

Jackybs — Google review

All I can say is.. if You haven't experienced a game or event at this stadium You need too before it's too late. What an amazing experience !! "The Big House"

AJ. L — Google review

GO BLUE!! First time for our family visiting The Big House! We cannot wait to come back. Hubby born & raised in Dearborn moved to Illinois when he met me! We all had such an amazing experience for our first game. Prices on food were not to shabby! Seats are tight but manageable! The atmosphere the fans the whole effect so we’ll worth the trip!!!

Jennifer M — Google review

GO BLUE! The Big House is a sight to behold, seating over 100,000 people every game. I went here for the Ohio St game last November, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The atmosphere is amazing and visibility is great at almost every seat.Ann Arborites are also very nice! Anyone who wants the best college football experience has to come to Michigan.

Antonio O — Google review

A football game at the big house is an experience like no other. The atmosphere is unmatched. This is the largest stadium in North America and the third largest stadium in the entire world, so expect packed games because they almost always have sell outs. Crowds of over 100k are common place here.

Trevor T — Google review

Well it was our first game at the big house. It wasn't as bad as we were told. There are washrooms everywhere...The seating is very uncomfortable. I suppose it would be if you were 5 foot tall. I'm 6'2".. I had no where to put my knees but into the back of the guy in front of me. Though I suppose it was ok as the guy behind me had his knees firmly pressed into my spine. The stadium holds 109000 though I'm betting if they changed that to 70000 you would have had more comfort. The atmosphere was amazing. Other then feeling like a sardine the whole time... it was a once in a lifetime experience.

RollinHeavy — Google review

I go to at least one game every single year and it is always an incredible experience that I can’t wait to share with my son every year.

James A — Google review

Best stadium of any sport at any level. This stadium was meant for football. Awesome environment and the efficiency with which it handles 115,000 fans (parking, traffic, people movement, food, bathrooms, concessions, support staff, safety) is superior to any stadium - pro or college - by a long shot. The atmosphere and facilities are first rate. The fans are great. The football spirit is great. Not a bad seat in the stadium. The only criticism is that it's too crowded - well no duh, how else do you fit 115,000 fans? As a Chicagoan who travels to many different sport venues, U of M stadium is so much better than any pro-sport venue, its not even close.

Thomas S — Google review

This is my first time being in the big house and I have to say the people who work the lines they're the people who work in the stores they're all in a great mood everyone was in a super nice welcoming mood and I was stupid excited. Of course it was the opening day so what's not to be excited about that but just nice to be in a place where there's so many workers that were nice.

Dr. K — Google review

“This is the University of Michigan where we respect integrity and honor excellence. We are loyal Wolverines. Standing for Midwestern values, hard work, determination and an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. We are the best university in the world. Students athletes and professors achieving to the highest level. This is our legacy and our future. We are proud members of the BIG Ten Conference in pursuit of national championships. We have won more games than anyone in the country. No one has won more. We believe in football... championship football. We shy away from no challenge or opponent. We bow to no man. We bow to no program. We are Michigan.”

Rail D — Google review

Just saw the maize and blues 2022 spring scrimmage with the kids. It was a free event and I can't say how much I would recommend it. Not only the game was entertaining as always but it was additionally entertaining to hear some of the penalties and calls by the refs against the opposing sides in funny ways. The kids got to go down onto the field and meet the players and have signatures! Definitely a highlight of their spring break!

Russ P — Google review

Largest stadium in the US, didn’t disappoint. Looking to watch a game with 110,000+ of your closest friends? Look no further! You’re packed in a little tight and forget leaving for food, drink or the bathroom if you’re not in an end seat, but there is no other experience like this. It was amazing, will definitely go back. Bucket list item checked off. Go Blue!

Joe K — Google review

I love Michigan football. Watching the games is great. But the food is not good, huge lines for men’s bathrooms and I think there are 3 drinking fountains for 110,000 people. U of M has the means to do better.

Stuart T — Google review

I love this place! Beautiful to see the games sell out and looking around seeing over 100,000+ people? It’s really cool! I do wish there could be some form of cushion for the seats, but that’s really it. The food tastes and is fresh for every game. Really I have nothing bad to say even walking to the stadium it’s really cool seeing the other wolverines walking and basically taking over the road lol.

Hello T — Google review

Holy Moly, this stadium is large. My bucket list was fulfilled by purchasing, flying to Michigan, and watching the Wolverines host the Buckeyes and seeing who remains undefeated between two unbeaten and powerhouse teams. I have to say, I was overwhelmed with the crowd capacity, the energetic vibe despite very cold temperatures, and the overall collegiate Big Ten Football experience. I don’t know which is better, a very hyped college game or a dynamic NFL match-up game. I highly encourage true collegiate football fanatics to come experience the vibe here at the Big House when your team comes to play here, it’s unlike any other college stadium and football atmosphere.

Humphrey V — Google review

What an experience! Nothing compares to college football. The atmosphere, the fans and the sport! Definitely recommend going early for tailgating in Ann Arbor. Can't wait to go back for another game this fall. Go BLUE!

Bradley W — Google review

We had so much fun at this game! They really make these games a full experience, it was really nice - once in a lifetime type of feel. We came to a college tour and I initially got scammed on tickets (my fault). During the tour I met some other parents/alumni and they blessed us with tickets they couldn't use. If you wanna come I highly recommend planning way in advance but it was such an amazing time. Getting in was easy and fast despite so many people (100K!). You can't bring bags in, but if you forget (like me) they also have a fast and easy bag check. I was impressed how they accommodated so many people. Even for bathrooms and concessions we never waited more than 1 minute in a line. Also it's extremely accessible for those in wheelchairs. 10/10 highly recommend, if you have an opportunity to go you won't regret it!

Ashley — Google review

This place is awesome. Definitely would be better if they sold alcohol but i understand. O e of the greatest college football stadiums in the country. The fans around me were all good, not too crazy. Concession stands were pretty good lines weren't too long. Parking is pretty high. Paid $70, but i guess it is what it is.

Doug A — Google review

An absolute powerhouse of an experience! The sheer magnitude of this iconic stadium is awe-inspiring. I had the incredible fortune to witness many games here, and it was nothing short of electrifying. The atmosphere was charged with excitement and passion from the devoted fans. And to top it off, witnessing 'The Game' victory here was an experience I'll cherish forever (3 times in a row!). The energy was crazy, the cheers echoing through the stadium were spine-tingling, and the shared love for maize and blue among fellow supporters was awesome. The stadium's layout ensured an excellent view from wherever I was seated, and the facilities were top-notch. This stadium embodies the spirit of college football and leaves an indelible mark on anyone lucky enough to be a part of the action. A must-visit for any sports enthusiast or Michigan fan! Go Blue

Will — Google review

Great place to see a game, "The Game"! The Big House holds a lot of fans and the energy is out of sight! There are plenty of food choices and the bathrooms downstairs are huge! If you don't mind a little walk, you can get out of town fairly easily. Awesome experience!

William C — Google review

Attended The Game on Nov. 25 and loved the experience. Go Blue! Great atmosphere, fans, and venue. If you’re a college football fan this venue is a must.

FFKDTP1 — Google review

My step daughter graduated from University of Michigan this year. The ceremony was in the big house. It held the 70,000 people fine... but that's because they ripped out the seats with backs and armrests and installed all low skinny benches numbered about every foot. Also we sat close to the field so we had a long hike up stairs with really tall risers to leave. I would also plan showing up an hour early to make time for the lines getting in. All in all, it was well worth the trip and I'd go again. Thanks for reading!

Len S — Google review

Great experience! This was my first visit to The Big House and it did not disappoint. They displayed the new light show and it definitely got the crowd hype!It's a nightmare trying to get through the crowd so "quick" trips to the bathroom or concessions can be daunting.Worth noting - Invest in a seat cushion. I'll be getting one with a back rest because it can become uncomfortable sitting on the bleachers after a while.

Nyx H — Google review

I am honor that Katheryn’s Catering hires my business to provide balloons every year for this event.

Top C — Google review

4.8

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(734) 647-2583

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Frankenmuth River Place Shops

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Frankenmuth River Place Shops is a charming shopping center designed to resemble a traditional Bavarian village. With over 40 unique storefronts, visitors can explore the Alpine-inspired architecture and enjoy activities like old-time photos, gourmet cupcakes, and wine tastings at Modern Craft Winery. The shops offer a variety of experiences for families to enjoy while immersing themselves in Frankenmuth's European village theme.

40 shops, all connected. You walk outside and enjoy the decorations, the music, and the fairy garden.They have many specialty shops, that carry very different merchandise, don't forget to check out the bakery and the store for cat's and dogs.They have an arcade also.Restaurant are with in the path.You also can take your pet for a great stroll, take very great pictures of a waterfall and the covered bridge.The only store I would not recommend is the Frankenmuth store, high priced and really touristy.Be sure to check out the store Sticky things, this place has honey, syrup, butter, oils and all kinds of yummy tea's. You can sample all their products and the staff is very helpful and knowledgeable about where their merchandise is made and for health benefits they carry so much and the staff is, well I cannot say enough, they also offer to but online, a definite must stop.

Mary M — Google review

Great little place to stop and shop while you're in Frankenmuth. Lots of options to pop in and look around. There's an arcade to keep the kids occupied for a while and you're steps away from some good restaurant choices on the main drag. It's a pet friendly area as well. They gave a spot near the middle to let them do their business too.

David S — Google review

If you think of it as resort pricing then many of the stores are priced right. It's a lot of very cool shops that are creatively laid out. Every shop I walked into was polite. They wanted to make sales but we're not pushy. Either you found something or you didn't if you knew what you were looking fir they would happily assist.There are goldfish in the water feature. Doing pretty well for March.

nightsky03 — Google review

They have alot of cool things to look at and shop. My favorite was this place you can try hot sauce and BBQ sauces in weird flavors.Water is $2 in there so maybe bring your own. They have an arcade, book store, blacksmith experience, pet stores, candy, and fudge shops. It was definitely worth going highly recommend.

Meghan P — Google review

Frankenmuth River Place is a great place to spend a relaxing day with friends and family. There are plenty of food options on site or very close by. The shops are varied and interesting to browse. I loved the honey and tea shop, the samples were amazing. And definitely make a stop at the beignet shop. Delicious!

Lori B — Google review

Very taste place. Samples of honey, oils, vinegar and maple syrup. Tea was only available to smell in jars. The smell and taste should resemble each other. Per the owner. We purchased a sampler box with a honey and a couple different teas. Can't wait to try the tea. One of many places to experice in this quaint little town.

Frednando B — Google review

This place is so charming, and feels like a mini town all on its own. It is beautifully landscaped, with photo opportunities everywhere. From 5-9 everyday, there is a free shuttle bus that runs continously from Bavarian Inn Hotel, to River Place Shops, to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.The shopping is great and this is also where you'd catch a ride on the ferry padded boat.I live this place !

Cynthia B — Google review

This is my second time here, there’s always something about this little nice town that keeps me from coming back to it. Maybe it reminds me of every time I’ve been to Europe. Out first time back was couple years ago and it was summer but this time around we went during fall season and it’s a beautiful experience to see the colours of the leaf blends in with the vibrant colour of the shops around the area.This place has a bunch of store for you to walk around and get indulge with different kind of experiences. It is a dog friendly mall and you’re more than welcome to walk around and take pictures around it. There’s quite a bit of parking space here and perfect place to park as well if you’re planning to visit this little town.Overall, if your in Michigan and near Detroit area, I would definitely recommend visiting this area and explore. This little Germany town won’t disappoint you and you’ll be glad that you visited this!

Kevin F — Google review

Such a great cluster of shops.A great way to spend a few hours of your day.Be sure to try the crepes. Sweet or Savory. You can’t go wrong!

Shawn P — Google review

The area is well landscaped,, clean, and maintained. There are 20+ shops, all unique to included medieval, Irish, chocolates and fudge, children's ware, and food. In every shop that we visited the staff were courteous, helpful, and friendly.

Francis H — Google review

Amazing German city feel. Must try famous chicken place(which we didn’t fry but it is famous). Nice shopping place, Year long Christmas party, fun sunflower festival. Great brewery especially for German beers.

Monika V — Google review

Hidden Gem! Nice place to hang out with friends and family. Mist visit nearby gaint Xmas store.Many restaurants, coffe places and patio to enjoy. Super well decorated street with blooming flowers and traditional Europe style housing.

Patrick L — Google review

This is a beautiful Bavarian style shopping area with various specialty shops. Most of the stores that sell candy, chocolate, hot sauce or other food products offer some free samples. You can find a place to get an ice cream cone or coffee and enjoy walking around the area that is beautifully landscaped with shrubs, flowers, and water fountains.

Tamara — Google review

We went to see the ice sculptures and the snow sculptures. Very busy place, have not seen any put traffic like that since I visited the Las Vegas Strip. There must have been 4 or 5,000 people in that town checking that Festival out when we were there. We got to see the river Ice Break while we were waiting to get out of town. That was something never saw that before in my life. Be prepared to walk a long ways as to find a parking place there is very difficult you'll be driving around a little bit to find one but you will. First time I ever been there it's pretty cool.

Peggy V — Google review

A fun place to spend a few hours. So many great places to eat and you can find every kind of souvenir you could want.

Dax M — Google review

It was a pleasant, sunny, wintery day at the shops. It's not too cold to shop outside from store to store. The village was nice and clean. Close to restrooms. Village shops were clean and interesting, had a great time in the bookstore. What a selection! also visited the blacksmith. Enjoyed the ladies clothing shop as well as picking up some treats for my dog. They were getting ready for an ice carving show and festival...hope it turned out good.

Lisa H — Google review

It is the perfect one stop a shop that just came out of a cartoon or a movie. It was the perfect place when it was pouring outside.

Inas S — Google review

As I mentioned in the review with the Bavarian Inn, the shops are endless!! The people of the city are kind and welcoming. It is an amazing experience. The entire city has a certain charm and feel about it. Absolutely adored the theatrics!! It’s all within walking distance. They also have carriage rides. And as I have mentioned before in other reviews, the have live entertainment every evening!! I want to definitely suggest that you look into Frankenmuth Michigan as a future vacation/holiday!! You most certainly will be glad you did!!

Toni C — Google review

It is a MUST to stop by and explore the nearby/surrounding areas and shops. It was my family’s first time really exploring this area and there’s so many wonderful bakeries, souvenir/gift stores, and truly just a fun place to walk in! Love it & the Christmas air!!!

Gail S — Google review

Lots of shops for nerds. Grab a hot chocolate and head to the gaming parlor or spend outdoors boating when it isn’t cold. Lovely lights that reminds you of christmas all year round

Sayan M — Google review

4.7

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Potter Park Zoo

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Potter Park Zoo houses 500 animals from four different continents, including endangered species. The zoo's on-site eatery and snack bar provide food options for visitors. The zoo provides an intimate experience with the animals and offers them the choice to be seen by the public or to take some alone time. The establishment takes excellent care of all its animals, as they have sweet stories about how they were brought in, some being rehabilitated while others are endangered.

It's a beautiful zoo to see animals with little add-ons. A "quiet area", play and pretend for young children.There are a lot of signs with information about the individual animals (which is a cool way to get your child to read instead of you reading it to them😉)The staff is very kind and helpful, the zoo has a park in front of it that is nicely set with trees so that you won't have to sit in the burning sun.The prices are pretty reasonable considering they are used to manage the zoo and everything it entails.Currently the Zoo is undergoing construction to make the walk ways better, so while we did not get to see all of the animals on our visit we did receive tickets for free entry for our next visit. (Which is pretty awesome and kind)

Running H — Google review

The biggest animals are the Rhino and Camels. The pony rides were closed when we went. I loved watching the silver eyed wolf pacing about. The Rhino was quite active but all the big cats were being lazy at mid-day.I recommend mosquito spray! Not as many kid play areas as other zoos in the state, our kids commented on this as we left.Overall it's a fun way to spend an hour or 2 in the morning to see more activity. A nice excuse to get some exercise!

B D — Google review

Winter rates are low and the crowds are less, so I definitely recommend going during off season if you want a more intimate experience. The animals mostly walked right up to where we were observing from which was really amazing! I’ve loved visiting this zoo since I was a very young child, but I’ve realized more recently that some of the enclosures seem…. Small. Don’t get me wrong, most seem to be a nice size, but it’s difficult to process a tiger or lion living in the space they’re given when they naturally roam much bigger areas. Otherwise I think the animals seemed well cared for and I saw many employees working hard to take care of them!

McKenzie — Google review

My boys and I love exploring all the zoos around Michigan. Potter Park happened to be 35 minutes from my house so I figured we'd give it a shot. We went last Thursday around noon. At first it was incredibly busy with tons of schools on field trips. But around 2 o'clock the park was pretty empty so it really was a perfect time to be there.It's a nice zoo for being as small as it is. It took us about 2 hours to see everything and that was with taking our time.It was only $40 to get in for my 2 boys, my bf, and I, which I was utterly surprised about tbh. The only thing I did find that was outrageously priced was the souvenir bucket for drinks, $18!!All in all we had a great time 😊

Amy H — Google review

We LOVE Potter Park Zoo! I went there as a kid for field trips and now bring my kids there. It is plenty big to see a wide variety of animals but small enough that my 3 year old will walk it with no complaints. They have both endangered species as well as local animals such as elk and Bald Eagles.

JNB-Rad E — Google review

We had an AMAZING experience. My daughter is in kindergarten, and this was her first field trip. There were 3 other schools there at the same time, but I never once felt crowded or waited in any lines. They have food in the park, a gift shop that's affordable, a tornado machine ($3), and a photo booth ($7 for 4 slips). There was plenty of parking and a huge park attached to the zoo for the kids to burn off more steam. Plenty of shaded benched areas for eating and relaxation. There are plenty of benches throughout the park. The animals are beautiful, though their enclosures are small. I'm sure they're happy and taken care of. $15 adult entry, $5 parking. As for a wristband, if you plan on going out and coming back in.

Hannah R — Google review

Awesome local zoo. Now is a great time to visit: not only the zoo has many cute animals, camel rides ($7/person), goat hair brushing... but also lots of interesting and beautiful flowers blooming all over the zoo! A great outdoor experience! Looking forward to be able to do pony rides again.

Sylvia L — Google review

Super relaxing zoo. All the animals are amazing. The lion had a lot to say as did the bald eagle and most birds. And we were joined by 2 peaco*cks. Was very enjoyable. Would be back if I lived here. But when I come back to MI I’ll swing by when it’s a bit warmer. Also the cows and goats were having some words lol. Was funny and a good time.

Crystal W — Google review

It is an old zoo, but renovations have been done while more are currently happening. It's a smaller zoo, but has a decent amount of exhibits. Nice place for photography. The price for entry is a little high for what you get, and it can be fairly crowded.

Joe C — Google review

The best zoo I have ever been to ! I have never been to a zoo where you could get so up-close to the animals. You could also tell that all the animals here were well taken care of and shown lots of love. The animals here all had sweet little stories of how/why they were brought in. Some were there to be rehabilitated, and others were there because they're endangered. It was so amazing how the animals were given the option of being out in the open to be seen by everyone & then to also be able to have their alone time. My favorite highlights were the bats & the owls!! I will definitely come back for the butterflies though, because it was closed when I went.

Kylie A — Google review

I visited in March - Good: price was low and there were only about a dozen people there. Not as good: a third of the animals were off exhibit. Yet is an great zoo for a city of Lansing's size. I explored the whole thing and it took 2 hours. Animals range from big (rhinos, camels, lion, tiger, cows) to small (snakes, lemurs, penguins). They have a petting area, pony rides, a nature play area, and camel rides. Nearly all is shaded, so in the summer should be good. Nearly all the animals are outside; there are 2 small building for monkeys and reptiles.

Dave C — Google review

Nice zoo, clean, and easy to walk around.There are currently no wolves; it seems they were transferred to another zoo to keep a sibling company after they lost their companion. Nice zoo keeper talks and fun reptile house. There is a decent playground outside of the park and plenty of bathrooms with changing tables.

Izzy M — Google review

I went for one of the 21+ evening Zoo Nights and it was great! Definitely eat beforehand because there isn't a ton of food available but there were lots of drink options and a really fun scavenger hunt information sheet to fill out and get more drink tickets. It made it an adventure and I really enjoyed it, probably more than I have previous years. There was also a baby lemur which was adorable.

Ali B — Google review

As a kid I grew up loving this place and I still do, it's a treat to get to know all the animals and their names, and the employees are the kindest people and take phenomenal care of the animals. They also go all out on decorations for the different seasons, Halloween had so many big spiders and cobwebs and getting closer to the holidays it's lit up with a bunch of beautiful x-mas trees. (If you play pokemon go this is a great place to play it as well)

Ollie ( — Google review

A small but beautiful zoo. It was rather hot, so many of the animals were sleeping in the shade. Enjoyed the shadey zoo and seeing many animals. My son enjoyed the okapi the most. They have a lovely barn yard area. He enjoyed the goats and cows, too.

Heather H — Google review

Potter Park Zoo aka Lansing ZooA simple zoo. If you live in Lansing, you should visit this zoo. It's your city zoo. Simple. Lots of parking. Nothing bad to say.Good way to spend a whole day looking at animals.Recommended

Kalvin H — Google review

My mom and I took my daughter for her fourth birthday and had a fantastic time. Not too busy, especially for a Wednesday. I think the only thing I'd complain about was the food pricing - but with the rate of inflation how it is.. I'm not shocked. I think it would also be fun to hand out small things for children's birthdays, things like a couple stickers, maybe a small coloring book? Just food for thought. 😁

Sarah A — Google review

Potter Park Zoo is a great local attraction and an easy way too spend quality time with the family. Like many things these days the zoo can get expensive quick. Eat before you get there. My personal favorite attraction are the big cats. Not sure how accurate my assessment is but every time I go when it is a bit chilly the tiger is always enjoying laps around the enclosure. You are a couple feet from him when he passes. It always hits home for me how majestic, life can be when I see him. The zoo could do better with PR letting customers know when there is construction that closes a major piece of the zoo. But besides that if your In The area it’s worth the trip.

Alec C — Google review

Such a nice walk through for a zoo, clean, organized. I went over the weekend and it was quite cold, only 37° so 2-3 animals weren't out (kangaroo was huddled in back corner, rhino didn't see at all, and the otters weren't out either) but overall absolutely so cool, I would definitely go again, there's weren't many people so I didn't feel rushed or overcrowded, I'd definitely recommend if in the area! (Alot more animals than posted, I like to leave alittle curiosity for people)

Maddie K — Google review

Lovely zoo located in Lansing. Animals were lively and active. On the small side at 20 acres but did not lack in animals. Well worth the drive from our area, and it left a lasting impression on us both.Do recommend, will be back.

Samual E — Google review

Perfect size zoo for young kids to walk around even older elementary. They have plenty of animals including my kids favorite the red panda! I like that they have a great selection animals from kangaroos to great reptiles to the farm petting area!

Ann R — Google review

Went to an event this month in the evening and it was so much fun. We got to really experience boo at the zoo. The animals were so social we've never had a chance to be that close to the big cats and we've been here so many times. It was really cool! These were taken with like the worst camera too so excuse the quality 😒 anyhow again, as always, it was fun, the staff are always so helpful too at these events and I know we're there after hours so I don't even know if they get paid but everyone is always so kind. I've got a really bad back so people can often see I'm struggling to walk and the zoo staff have been helpful more than once regarding my back. I only wish the scooters cost less or there were a way to get like a waiver I don't know just an idea.

Heidi W — Google review

Loved how close you the animals are! Loved the drinking fountains around the park as well!! Food prices are a bit high but expected. Cost of entry was low and lots of parking so Definitely will be back!!

Kay W — Google review

Really nice zoo with a lot of beautiful old architecture that you normally don't see at a zoo. Lots of happy animals and really nice exhibits. It's definitely a smaller zoo as far as zoos go, but bigger than the Saginaw Zoo we normally visit. It's also got lots of room to expand and fill out.

Michael B — Google review

Love this little Zoo! So many great exhibits, clean, some exhibits under construction but to be expected at this time of the year, still plenty to see, has snack shop, easy viewing of animals, low entry fee, had a wonderful time❤️

Kris H — Google review

4.5

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1301 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48912, USA

(517) 483-4222

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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

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Museum

Historical landmark

Museum & gift shop dedicated to classic cars, including Auburn, Cord & Duesenberg models.

The museum was beautiful. There was art as well as all the old vehicles. Definitely worth the trip to check out old cars that you may have never seen before. My husband and I enjoyed our visit. The place is huge with so much to see.

Summer C — Google review

If your ever near Auburn Indiana I recommend visiting the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg museum. The cars here are priceless and beautiful. I had never seen any of them in my life, they are quite rare. I never even heard of Auburn or Cord. Really majestic, amazing craftsmanship. These cars are just breathtaking eye appealing mind blowing. There is history and it was so special. We spent 3 1/2 hours but could have made a day or so out of it. Simply spectacular space and collection. Another amazing stop on this journey. Also my wonderful co-pilot to enjoy it with.

FromHereToday — Google review

Had my wedding ceremony here, we only had about 30 people and a few months to plan it. Not only was it the wedding of my dreams, but everyone on their staff was so helpful, Alishia was awesome to work with, and the pictures turned out awesome. In the couple days that I visited, I didn’t even make it thru the whole museum because there were so many cars on display. The price of renting the building was unbelievably good. 100000% recommend for the best event ever, or just to look around!

abigail — Google review

ACD Museum was a fantastic experience. Couldn't ask for a better selection of cars, combined with the opulent decor of this original building made this 'car moment', one to remember. We can't wait to come back.A note on Staff: Friendly, informed and dedicated to making sure your experience is the best they offer!

Kath F — Google review

WOW!! This place is a gem. Been wanting to get here for years and have always put it off for some reason. What a mistake! As far as the building itself goes, this place is impressive! Add the cars in and this place is quite a marvel. After looking at 10 cars in about 2 hours, my father and I decided we better pick up the pace. Need to go back, and soon. I will probably bring the wife and I think she'll enjoy it. These machines are regal.

Brian F — Google review

So much more than I expected! The facility is beautiful with its original 1930's decor and flooring. Staff was very friendly and helpful. And the cars, so many and such great specimens! Our party ranged in age from 10 years old to 85 and EVERYONE had a great time. Can't recommend highly enough!

Jeff C — Google review

Exceeded my expectations. Simply incredible museum to visit. Truly the golden age of automobiles. Don't rush through it. I was there over 4 hours and missed some things. Going back to see the truck museum next.

Robert H — Google review

Love that theres still a place preserving the history of cars and even better this is in the wonderful location of Auburn Indiana. A little off the beaten path, yet so close to bigger cities. It’s one of those spots where if you appreciate the finer things in life, you’ll see what real craftsmanship and quality truly are. Automobiles here are of the highest caliber and not only are there prefect Auburn Cord Duesenberg examples there’s also a another onsite museum featuring classic muscle cars and early Trucks. Facilities are clean, staff is friendly and there’s plenty of local dining to choose from. Let’s not forget the building itself! If you love architecture and visualizing what it was like back in its hay day, this building has it going on.

Car J — Google review

This place was awesome! Not only is it in the actual factory so the history is felt the moment you step in. If you like vehicles and history this is a great place to go . They have two building and a basem*nt to go through so allow a few hours to enjoy the history. The staff is knowledgeable and very helpful. I would come here again for sure

Los L — Google review

We finally had a chance to visit this museum. This place is amazing, so much history and cars so well preserved. I had no idea how much Indiana contributed to the car industry. There is a lot of cars and history, so it will take at least 3 hours to visit the whole place. The visit is worth it.

Viviane R — Google review

😅we come here alot, we still haven't looked at all of the cars. Every time we come here there's always one thing new and cool to explore. We love coming here. Dad has almost all of the posters 😅😬 no I don't have multiple shirts...more than I want to admit but they are so comfortable! They have anything you can think of in the gift shop and I'm not even joking! Go check it out it's totally amazing! 3 floors worth of amazing!

Caitlin. L — Google review

Loved looking at all the cars! Plus there is another museum next door that you can buy both ticket to view them, definitely recommend this one more, its more organized and better signage

Meka P — Google review

Even if you are not a car enthusiast, this is a must-see. The history of Auburn, of EL Cord, and the beauty of the Art Deco style of the building is just wonderful. You can spend hours here.

Bob R — Google review

The building is absolutely stunning, inside and out! If you are a fan of art deco, 30's architecture/design, and/or enjoy seeing a by-gone era... this place is certainly worth a visit! Oh.. and if you like automotive history too.... then you will have an amazing time here! Amazing displays. Very friendly people too! Auburn is very lucky to have such a place!!! Certainly worth a visit and also a re-visit in the future.

Bob 8 — Google review

My sister and her now husband just got married here and it was beautiful. Very nice venue. The whole experience was amazing. The museum has a ton of vehicles and a couple of airplanes.

Matt M — Google review

What an awesome place! There are so many cars! Can't imagine what it would have been like to actually drive any of these cars! Makes you want to go back in time just to see all the really cool roaring 20s. It's definitely worth the 2.5-hour drive!

SD C — Google review

Absolutely amazing automotive museum. This is one that you will forever judge other museums against. When was the last time you were allowed to be this close to a $50m car?!

Adam Z — Google review

4.9

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1600 Wayne St, Auburn, IN 46706, USA

(260) 925-1444

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FireKeepers Casino Hotel

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Casino

Fun & Games

Bar

FireKeepers Casino Hotel offers a modern and luxurious space for classic table games and slots, located within a resort-style hotel with various restaurants and bars. The hotel provides beautiful standard rooms with top-notch amenities, including a stunning two-level pool with small fountains. Guests can enjoy the gorgeous casino and indulge in fantastic dining experiences at upscale restaurants like Smoke N Fire, where they offer an innovative tablet menu.

We were there on a Saturday afternoon and evening. FireKeepers has so many slot machines it was never an issue getting on one to be able to play. A lot of different varieties of machines. Something for everyone. Only played slots, so I can only comment on those. Lots of fun!

Scott V — Google review

It was a great experience! We received an email for a free night stay in a king room.My husband called to set up the reservation and verify the validity of the email.Our check-in at the hotel went smoothly. Everyone at the front desk was so friendly. Whenever we encountered an employee whether walking in the hotel or casino, we were greeted with a smile and hello!We spent 4 hours on the casino floor. We won some and lost some…lol! Then we grabbed a bite at Davy’s Sportsbook. My street tacos were delicious.Our room was perfect! The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and quiet. I loved the shower and the set up of the bathroom.It was a good night!

Haile H — Google review

Great place to go normally. However this time half of their games were not working! I was very surprised. However it was a good time. Even though I never get lucky here! Hopefully you will have better luck than me! Definitely recommend it after they fix all their games! Good luck hope yours is better than mine!

Carrie W — Google review

First time taking a bus trip with the Furniture City Ladies Auxiliary Post 258 to the fire keepers casino! What a blast! Ate at the 24/7 restaurant and had great service and food! Anita checked us in and hooked us up with our red hot rewards card and showed us how to get even more bonus credit/money!Total blast! Our small group of four did our own thing and two of us braver players came home with big winnings!🥳🤪😳🎰

Rick B — Google review

Well it's a casino and it's very clean let's get down to the very important part. The food. Eat at the smoke and fire restaurant. It's very upscale they have tablets for menus. I got the rack of ribs with two sides mac and cheese and spicy coleslaw. Everything was good The coleslaw could be a little more spicy but was still delicious. The wife got the pick two with the spicy jalapeno sausage and the pulled pork. She enjoyed both of them she also got a Carolina beans and sweet potato pan bread and the corn cake. All of them were very good.

Chris L — Google review

The hotel itself is BEAUTIFUL - We stayed in a standard room with 2 beds, and it felt like we were VIPs. The amenities were awesome also. The pool is 2 levels and has small fountains that spray a small stream of water (one on each side). We played some at the casino (which is gorgeous). We tried most of the restaurants, and the food was fantastic. We were usually given so much that we couldn't eat it all. We REALLY enjoyed our stay. The next time we visit, we would like to stay in one of the suites (they have fireplaces).

Wanda C — Google review

Came up for a romantic getaway and had a great experience. We love roulette and was a little disappointed that only two tables were open but the wait wasn't long at all. The room was great, including the view. The Staff was friendly, from check-in to the security staff. The location is right off the highway which is convenient.

Tisha L — Google review

Hotel was fantastic. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Pool was beautiful.Gaming was horrible. 1st and last time in this casino. We spent 2 days and it was the worst gambling I have ever done. Someone called it Money Keepers. I now understand.

Rene S — Google review

We were having a girls trip to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. The front desk manager Kimberly was so kind and ensured that we had a fantastic time. We stayed in the Aqua Fire suite and had an adjoining room to a double queen. We had a rollaway bed in the suite brought up as well as a birthday treat (6 jumbo chocolate chip cookies half covered in a coat of hardened chocolate) which were absolutely delicious! The rooms and the hotel were clean and beautiful. The TVs were a good size and the beds were comfortable. Each room had a tablet to control the TV. The suite had a full bath with a corner tub in the seperate master bedroom and a half bath by the kitchenette area. The vapor fireplace was a neat feature! It really enhanced the room vibe. The mini fridge in the double queen was extremely tiny and didn't fit much. The mini fridge in the suite was a little bit bigger which was nice. The down side was that they were both on the ground so you had to squat down to get anything/put anything in there. All the restaurants were delicious. The casino wasn't the cleanest. The machines were not whipped down regularly and there were dozens and dozens of cups laying around the machines/floors that guests just left there. Out of 4 friends, 3 lost their $200 personal spending limit and I won about $200 after my spending limit. The decor was super cute and the parking was not very crowded and felt safe. The hot red rewards had a couple perks, a free $10 credit for signing up and a chance to spin after reaching 100 points. My group each won another $5 credit with their spins. The red hot rewards were explained quickly when signing up so it can be confusing. You can only cash out your points once you reach a $5 threshold and I believe it was 100 points = $1. My group played for several hours on two different days and we only earned between 200 and 300 points each. The only issue we experienced during our stay was I had asked if we could have a late check-out the next day during check-in. The front desk clerk said to just let the person who calls in the morning that we request check-out at 12pm vs the normal 11am (which is the latest time for a late check-out). I never received a call in the morning so I called the front desk a little after 11am who said that they were not offering late check-out and needed to check-out asap since it was already past 11am so we had to scramble to get everything together. Overall, it was a very pleasant stay, but was not cheap so just be prepared to spend, spend, spend lol!

Amanda — Google review

Huge amount of slot machines to choose from! Several places to get food and drinks. All your table games too. I have been to several casinos in Michigan and this one is pretty big. I prefer Detroit area for the walking distance to dining but there are several places only a short drive away! 💚💯💯

Kenny G — Google review

I have fun in the casino, but I REALY LOVE the live shows! They almost always have $10 roulette tables 🤩This is a GREAT place to see live performances! It’s a relatively small venue, so you really get the up close and personal experience!I HIGHLY recommend checking out any live show at Firekeepers!Also, if you have a higher tier players card, the casino host can get you free tickets.

Christian — Google review

Excellent hosts. Games pay out well. Excellent food. Great rooms. Love it here!

Phil T — Google review

Went to celebrate anniversary.Splurged and stayed in Fireplace Suite.Great bathroom soaker tub.Even had an additional half bath.Wonderful experience.Highly recommend for a special stay.

William H — Google review

I love this place. Went yesterday for an early birthday celebration. Didn't have any big wins but no losses.

Sandy J — Google review

It's always a nice getaway. Staff is helpful and friendly. The place is always clean. All around fun and exciting experience. Recommend 100%

Angela D — Google review

Bar tenders were friendly, lots of space to play, and overall a good experience. I did get told not to take photos... but, I wasn't taking photos... so there is that. These two photos I was specifically told I was allowed to take. One was obviously my room.

Mackensie M — Google review

Loved this place till today. I saw on the kiosk i was invited to join the jackpot party, i had 1 entry the night before. Then on the day of, my entry just disappeared. The host/supervisor just say everyone can see it, but it is not the case. My bf cant see the invite, but i can. They said my jackpot party would have been in december, but i never gotten an email, like they said i should have with this one. I won 2 jackpots. Where are my 2 invites then? Take pics of your entries, these people will lie to you and false advertise. You can see i was invited. My entry just randomly poofed. Way to ruin an experience.....

Memoria — Google review

Very nice casino. Large gaming area. Very clean! Workers were cleaning the machines throughout the day. Nice selection of games. Not overly crowded on Thursday night into mid day Friday. Room was very clean with everything needed for a nights stay. Decent restaurant selection with reasonable prices.We had a good time with friends.

Kim M — Google review

Beautiful place! Wife and I stayed a couple of nights, place is clean, room was nice, staff was great! Casino is nice and clean, had some luck! Didn't walk out with a bunch of money, but didn't lose a bunch either! Great bloody Mary's from the bar! All around had a great time! Ben coming here since 2019 and enjoy it every time!!!

William S — Google review

The room was beautiful and well worth the cost. Very clean, all the amenities. Excellent water pressure which is a must. The casino itself was clean, the machines well maintained with no empty drinking glasses or bottles around. Plenty of different types of games to play and the staff was wonderful. Friendly and inviting yet not bothersome!!!

Machelle “ — Google review

I suppose I could save some time and gas if I would just mail them a check, but seriously the wife likes to go and it's always good time. The slots are okay- win, lose, break even. Today was a win.The place is very clean and it's always entertaining. Migem Buffett has good a crab leg buffet Wednesday evenings with a nice choice of side dishes.

David — Google review

4.2

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3.5

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11177 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49014, USA

(877) 352-8777

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Blue Gate Theatre

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Performing arts theater

Concerts & Shows

Concert hall

Dinner theater

Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana is a popular venue that offers a comfortable and entertaining experience for both locals and tourists. With a seating capacity of 330, the theater hosts a wide range of events, including over 300 shows by more than 100 artists. Visitors can enjoy live performances such as plays, musicals with Amish storylines, and concerts featuring various genres from country to gospel. The venue's small size ensures good views from all seats and easy access to amenities like concessions.

For the area and what it is I always have a great time! I love all the great plays & shows offered. If you stay at the Blue Gate Hotel it's got a great package deal to enjoy a night away. Have authentic Amish dining, a show & a nice stay did I mention shopping and just lots of cute photo ops everywhere!! Do not come on Sunday everything is basically closed!!🙏🙌❤

Michelle B — Google review

A top notch concert venue. Attentive help and workers. Personalized unique decor spacious area to explore and get souvenirs or snacks before the show. Great lighting sound and intimate location

Darby F — Google review

Our first dinner and a show here and we loved it! We always enjoy staying at the hotel but having a show next door was awesome! I look forward going back!

SallyAnn1972@gmail.com A — Google review

Went to see the Rush Tribute Project. The theater was great. The music was awesome. My only gripe was that now they serve alcohol. The drunks were obnoxious and constantly getting up and bothering us non-drinkers. I took my 15 year old son to the concert, and he said if they serve alcohol at the next concert, he's not going, nor will I.

Steve T — Google review

Saw Clint Black here on June 30. Loved this venue! Loved looking at the country music decor, and the seats are so comfortable! I'd definitely come back for another show sometime!

Breann K — Google review

Best buffet ever. It always tastes great. They have a salad bar with fresh made bread. A desert bar with numerous selections. The main course always has the best chicken. Along with mashed potatoes, veggies, sides, and several other meats. Up stairs, you need to go to their bakery and load up on tasty treats.

Theresa D — Google review

This is a great place small venue no matter where you're at in the auditorium you can see the stage. The audio was nice and clear it wasn't blasting on like other places I've been to.

Shaun P — Google review

We visited the all-you-can eat buffet in the same building as the shows, but did not see a show. The buffet was good - but not great. Some of the advertised offerings (in our case turkey and dressing) we're missing.I certainly understand why, however, given that we were early to dine, there wasn't the usual crowd, and, even in Amish country, it's hard to find help in a pandemic.The wait staff, as always, were very kind, attentive, and gracious.

Trisha G — Google review

First time experience and I thought it was great! Great seating with cup holders.

Joe M — Google review

The show I went to see gets five stars. What I’m upset about is that women are NOT allowed to bring in a purse, nothing bigger than 4 x 6. Really? I need to carry certain items with me at all times, like heart meds and inhaler. They need to review this nonsensical policy.

Margaret B — Google review

Great time, very intimate setting! Get ready to be up close & personal with great performers!

David B — Google review

My first time at this venue and during my visit, I saw two different shows. Very convenient to where I camped.The venue is fairly small, 1500 I read, and all seats are quite good. They do have a bag policy so check that info before going. But because it's small, it's a short walk if you do need to get to your car to leave things. Lots of guitars and hats from previous performers, a concession, too. For the 2 shows I saw, guests were alowed to bring food or drinks inside, which I thought was very nice. That way you don't miss any of the show or have a line during intermission.

Darlene F — Google review

Very nice venue for a concert. Good sound, screens to see the perfomer, pleasant staff. What brings the rating down is their new policy restricting even small purses. It is very inconvenient. I saw older people walking with canes back to their cars who were carrying nothing bigger than a wallet! Did something happen there??? Also, the dinner package includes dinner at the restaurant that is about a mile away. They bigger problem than the fact that dining is in a different location is the fact that they do not prioritize dinner/theater guests. So, for a 7:30 show they recommend that you get there between 11a and 5p. If you get there around 5, you will definitely have a wait.All and all......we would go here again, but it is not convenient, especially in bad weather.

Mary C — Google review

Saw Marie Osmond here. Wow the stage is the perfect size & there's plenty of seating for hundreds of not a thousand.

Suzi N — Google review

We cannot get enough of this place. A gem in such a small, beautiful and peaceful community. Fabulous shows playing 3-4 days every week of well known groups. We've been driving 2 1/2 hrs one way almost every month for shows we want see. There are so many we want to see we can't do them all but what a great theatre to go to as there are NO bad seats at all. We just got back from seeing Gene Watson and Eagles tribute in which both were phenomenal!!! Ricky Scaggs show so good we want see him again!Blue Gate restaurant is where we eat and cannot get enough of it. It's the only place we want to eat at while visiting!!! A must go to place!

Patricia S — Google review

Loved the artist we saw. The sound was great. Venue was clean. Adequate parking. Seats are roomy with good leg room. Here's my complaint... I set an alarm to make sure I was in front of my computer to buy good seats for this concert. I paid for the good seats. And yet, security did nothing about the people who crammed themselves up by the stage and in the aisles. So instead of 2nd row, I had more like 6th row. See photo for context. Next time, I'll buy the cheapest seats and just cram myself in front of the first row if this is the behavior they allow. Would also like to add, handicapped patrons couldn't see anything over the people standing at the front.

Amber R — Google review

Ate at the buffet lunch and then saw The Christmas Candy Caper, a play.The food was delicious with many choices including a salad bar with soup, a warm dish area with nain dishes and a dessert area and ice cream machine.The play lasted 90 minutes and was very interesting. It was set in an Amish candy store owned by Sadie. She loves to play practical jokes and like the boy who cried wolf, it came back to haunt her.

Laura B — Google review

We saw Jordan Davis 2/29/24. Loved the foyer with the guitars and other items from other artists. The seating was very intimate. We enjoyed every minute!

Kristine T — Google review

Great venue! Super cool musical artifacts all the way around!

Todd G — Google review

Always love going to this theater. Jeremy Camp is my favorite Christian singer & concert was great

genericqueen — Google review

What a GREAT music venue! 1500 seats, and not a bad one in the place. The sound system was finely tweaked, and was not muddy or overly loud. There was a full house to see Brothers of the Heart, and everyone enjoyed the full 2-hour show. The quartet stayed around and greeted everyone who wanted a picture or autograph- a big plus that larger venues usually don't accommodate. There's lots of paved parking and hotel rooms nearby, so we walked from our hotel to the concert. We highly recommend enjoying a show here!

John J — Google review

The Blue Gate Performing Arts Center, not to be confused with the small Blue Gate Theater uptown, is a Fantastic place!By far, the Best sound system in the Midwest…. And the lighting is just unbelievable. This venue rivals many Las Vegas theaters.And the thing that puts them way above all the other theaters is their huge 50’ LED wall.Walking through the lobby and seeing all the signed photos of the thousands of stars that have played there is unreal. And on top of all that, is they have a Bar!Absolutely a spectacular place to see a concert.

Curt P — Google review

Wonderful place in the heart of Amish country. Plenty of hotel, restaurants and local store to choose from. There is a dedicated parking lot onsite. They also have a typical concessions stand for food and drink.

Tony R — Google review

For starters, there's not a bad seat in the house. The entertainment variety that is booked is wonderful. I was surprised they have regulations on the purse/bag size you can bring to the venue. This is not a stadium. But us ladies did adjust. I plan on attending more often. Ticket prices are reasonable. The staff was very friendly.

Nancy K — Google review

4.6

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175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565, USA

(260) 768-4725

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Gilmore Car Museum

Museum

Specialty Museums

Sprawling museum home to 400 cars & motorcycles, plus a restored 1941 diner still serving pecan pie.

Fantastic museum for car lovers. A little bit out of the way but it's worth the drive. Museum is in multiple buildings so dress appropriately. Touring the buildings takes at least 3 hours - much longer for car lovers. Must see museum!

John L — Google review

We loved the museum! The staff was so nice, helpful, and knowledgeable. The museum's display of cars is both beautiful and extensive. The buildings and barns that hold the cars are beautiful and well maintained. Our 8 yr old enjoyed the interactive activities located throughout the museum. We've visited a few auto museums, and the Gilmore is definitely one of our favorites.

Blanca — Google review

It was a neat place to visit, especially if you love cars and history.My personal favorite part was the small race track they had for kids. My 18 month old didn't want to leave that spot. We were able to build Lego cars and wood models and race them down the track. My husband had a blast, he's a car fanatic!It was nice and quiet and the staff was helpful and friendly.

Elisa J — Google review

Wonderful collection of luxury automobiles from the past.We visited on a Tuesday, no crowds. The staff is very knowledgeable and can give a detailed history of many of the displays.Much larger than I had imagined. Several large air conditioned buildings, well lighted displays. The whole grounds and museums are spotlessly clean.I was amazed by how large the older vehicles were.We spent about two hours, would have stayed longer, our teen aged Grandsons, kept us moving, they loved it.

G2OK T — Google review

We had such a good time. The $20 we spent for admission was so worth it. You start at the front desk. Head into the museum from there, and it all starts. My favorite was the section that had the cars from the 20's and 30's. The cars look almost like they were designed with art deco in mind. Bill and Steve were awesome in their knowledge. Bob drove us around in a Model T. Even the food at the diner was awesome, along with the staff. The grounds are so clean and well taken care of. Kudos to all that are a part of this museum. I would recommend to anyone to go.

Bruce C — Google review

This far surpassed my expectations! Usually my husband and I zip through museums because he doesn’t want to read anything. The information about each car was so interesting and concise that we spent almost four hours here. There are many buildings with hundreds of cars. They are arranged by era or manufacturer. I saw cars that I had never heard of before. The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. I cannot express enough how amazing this museum is! I’m so glad we visited.

Elizabeth D — Google review

If you can plan your trip here well in advance, you can try to access special features they offer. Be sure to visit the website to see the full list of options on certain days and times. I took my father here and participated in the Model T driving school. The experience was fantastic and well worth it. We're going to have to go back again because we didn't actually see all of the exhibits due to the couple hours the driving experience took.The museum and the exhibits are impeccably well maintained. The outdoor paths are smooth and well cared for as well. The 1940's diner was beautiful and a nice touch added to the property.The staff was beyond helpful and knowledgeable. It was easy to see that even the volunteers there REALLY enjoy being a part of the Gilmore experience which makes the visit even more pleasant.One small touch I appreciated was that in each building/section there were at least a couple places that my dad could sit down and rest for as long as he needed and most of the time the spot would have a spectacular view of whichever collection you were currently viewing...so it was like he was still actively a part of the visit during those resting times.I highly recommend the Gilmore Car Museum.

CooperGoalie — Google review

This place is a bit of heaven on earth. I have been 4 or 5 times and it is always wonderful. People are friendly, the exhibits are amazing and the cars are happy...you can tell, because they are well cared for.Wednesday night cruise-ins draw hundreds of local cars. Everyone is having so much fun that cell phones are forgotten. People are taken to a place and time were they can learn and reconnect with history and each other.. Go any chance you get!

Andrea I — Google review

There is an amazing amount of beautifully displayed cars and occasionally other vehicles. The grounds are well kept and all vehicles are on display in theme-based barns. Ample parking. There's a little historic diner on the grounds for snacks are sandwiches.

Peggy S — Google review

Amazing! You don't have to know a lot about cars to enjoy this museum. They have vehicles from various decades, manufacturers, and countries. All of them have explanations and are kept in wonderful (and in some cases original) condition. The grounds were beautiful, the docents were friendly and knowledgeable, and you can even drive a classic car during specific times. The museum doesn't put out all the cars they have, so you can go multiple times and still see something new.

Emily S — Google review

Love coming here! Usually once a year I try to make it here! The displays change here and there. Summer time is the best time to check out the Gilmore when they have all the buildings open.

Andrew S — Google review

What a phenomenal museum! A friend told us about this museum and we planned a visit on a Saturday after seeing a show in Kalamazoo. A few exhibits were closed because we visited in March, but it hardly mattered. There were enough cars and exhibit areas to keep us occupied and enthralled for hours. The collection of cars is impressive and the documentation and historical information is excellent. Volunteers and docents are engaging, passionate and know their stuff. Highly recommended.

Paul M — Google review

This is a fantastic museum. Much larger than I imagined and filled with all sorts of cars. From old Model A’s to corvettes and cadillacs, this museum has everything. There are a few places for Children to interact with model cars (build a car, race some legos, etc.) so I found it to be fairly family friendly. The diner out back is really cool and the food was on par for the experience. We only stopped for a couple of hours but will definitely be back, because you’ll need a whole day, or maybe even two in order to fully experience everything.

Alexandra M — Google review

Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners is one of the BEST vintage and collector car museums we have ever visited. This museum contains over 400 vintage and collector cars and is spread out over a large area somewhat like 90 acres so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk. The museum was not crowded and you can get up close and personal to these vehicles. This is truly a hidden gem of Michigan and even if you do not like cars, it is a fun place to visit.

Angela B — Google review

What a nice outing day...Fascinating to see beautifully restored old cars from days gone by...and cars we remember our parents might have had....some quite luxurious in past days..and some quite unique...What style cars used to have..quite beautiful...A wonderful collection of cars to see.Nice facilities, gift shop...Lots of walking between buildings but nicely set up...beautiful restored ..saved barns from the area with different eras of cars in each building.....with a donation $ you can take a ride in a vintage vehicle and drive around the whole properties..with the driver giving info on the history of the gilmore museum or about the cars..really nice..enjoyable day.

Mabel — Google review

Lookin' Back performed at Gilmore Car Museum a couple of years ago, and they treated us like the rock stars we've only fantasized about our entire lives.Some bands get a Green Room (more like a prison cell), but we got a centennial cottage for the entire afternoon/evening, and we were delivered to the stage in classic limousines.1st rate sound stage, great people, and probably the most impressive car collection in the world.

Todd S — Google review

I went on a school field trip so things were a bit rushed this time. This place is huge and has so many things to see, too many to see in one day honestly. The people giving lessons are volunteers who love to teach the history, and there are many aspects of history to appreciate.

wierdawgg — Google review

First time here and we had such an amazing time exploring classic and vintage styles cars. There are tons of different types of cars to look at and multiple buildings to go into. Make sure you get your walking shoes on cause you’ll be doing plenty of it.

Eric R — Google review

Great place for everyone. Tons to see and well organized and curated. Something for everyone cars, slot cars, motorcycles and a dinner. Great place to visit especially one of the big car shows during the warmer months.

Ryan L — Google review

This place is amazing! The collection here is huge, from 100 year old cars to motorcycles and everything in between. Better spend a whole day here to be able to fully check out all the cars. The employees are full of knowledge and are very friendly. The Bluemoon Diner had very tasty food, and the service was amazing. Had a great visit and can not wait until the next visit.

Jeremy — Google review

This place is a gem. Immaculately kept, kind and informative staff, interesting vehicles that are easy to see are just some of the reasons our group of 3 found this to be a highlight of our road trip. All vehicles have informative descriptions and some come with really interesting backgrounds. Even if you’re not a car geek, you’ll love seeing this piece of American history.

Shari S — Google review

The volunteers and donors make this museum an incredible place.Each person i spoke with took time to share knowledge about these beautiful cars that it would take decades to memorize.Such as why tires at one point were white, and how one car even has mysterious nautical aesthetics.On a whim, with 30 minutes to spare, i stopped in and spent almost 2 hours and can't wait to be back. Definitely check this place out.

James R — Google review

This is truly a cool place! Especially during Christmas time with all their decorations and Christmas light drive. Gorgeous cars from new to old. Loved the super cars! They have a little food shop in the main building and a dinner outside on the grounds. They have a little bar next to the dinner. Inside before you leave you go through a nice little gift shop. Strongly, strongly recommend going!

Matt Q — Google review

Best car museum in NA set up like a village. Christmas displays, lights & activities are wonderful for the whole family! So great to see the lights in a vintage car driven by a volunteer docent with loads of fun facts. The Diner is a must along with the huge display of good ornaments and the old gas station. Memories were made at the camp fire and got us all in the Christmas mood!

Christine W — Google review

We went for the Christmas adventures! What an amazing job they did to put this all together! We took our 2 grandsons and the oldest loved it as well! He actually sat on Santa's lap too! The cars were even more amazing to see. All the way back to the very 1st car invented! It was very impressive!

Tamera L — Google review

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Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum

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The Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a unique and educational experience for the whole family. Located between Detroit and Chicago, it provides hands-on fun and limitless opportunities to learn about science and aeronautics. The museum features rare aircraft, full-motion flight simulators, indoor rides, 4D theaters, and immersive exhibits.

We went on a family outing here and had a great time. We went during the week so it was not busy at all which allowed for a more leisurely walk through the museum. There were exhibits, interactive learning stations, and rides. It has something for all ages. I appreciate that the museum makes a effort to highlight minorities and women for their contributions to aviation. We watched a movie on women's suffrage in the theater. We are planning another trip to be able to spend more time. We spent about 2 hours and could have spent more.

Kortney M — Google review

Amazing! I cannot say enough good things about this place! It was the highlight of our trip to Kalamazoo! The staff was very friendly and incredibly helpful. The exhibits were fantastic and the fact that one price gets you everything once you're inside was awesome! My youngest son and I loved the flight simulators! It was a blast and truly fun for the whole family! If you are in the Kalamazoo area, I HIGHLY recommend a trip to the Air Zoo!

Travis H — Google review

Museum is amazing! The exhibits are awesome and very interactive. Most of their planes are real and have flown/fought in real life before being brought to the museum. It is a very educational and fun place. The rides are exciting, especially the flight simulator. The art on the wall and floor are well done and clever. (Climb up to the cafeteria to see the aircraft carrier on the floor.) Speaking of the cafeteria, it has some pretty good options for a good price. Don't forget to visit the other building to see the F-117 for no additional costs!

Daniel R — Google review

This place is very unique and enjoyable for all ages. The kids love coming here because they have some really cute, clean, safe rides that they can enjoy. The lines are usually very small or even now wait. They keep the place very clean and tidy. The staff are friendly. There are so many things to do here. There are a lot of things that you can look at, some things to play with, some things to ride in, a movie theater, and a good mix of everything. I definitely recommend checking this place out! We bought a membership and the membership even gives you discounts on other museums.

Cassandra L — Google review

We are from Iowa and are visiting family in the area, so we decided to check out the air zoo. My four year old loved the rides and all the interactive exhibits. The adults enjoyed all the cool old planes and learning about them. I enjoyed the androids section! Lots of fun stuff. Worth a visit. The volunteers are great too, very friendly and helpful.

Lauren J — Google review

We had a great time here!! It was a return visit for me and my husband though it had been years since our last one.Came on a Sunday and while it was a little busy it was not crowded. There were long waits for the simulators and the moon ride, the moon ride is understandable there's only 1, but there are 4 simulators and only 1 was going. We decided to skip them because of the wait. Did they need more help to run them? Not sure but that was a disappointment.Other than that our kids loved the other rides and everything to see!The WIC discount was super nice even though we were planning to pay full price!Will definitely return in the future.

J. H — Google review

Found this gem place , 45 minutes from GR, the place is totally underrated , but thank god it was not crowded.So many air planes , helicopters, fighter planes from WW2 , Korean War , Vietnam war and much much more…There are 2 buildings , we could only cover 1 building as we went on a Sunday afternoon , there are some indoor rides for all ages…Tickets are $18 per adult.There is restrooms, cafe , souvenir shop…Staff is super friendly…

Vik M — Google review

This museum is amazing! I went with my husband and we had a great time with all of the interactive displays. I can see how families would love this, too. It’s definitely not just for kids though. You can get free admission if you have a NARM reciprocal membership with another museum. I used my Ohio History Connection membership for free admission. The space and science fiction exhibits were really fun! There are also 3 carnival rides (indoors) that you can ride. There are many cool planes. We spent 1.5 hours here, but only because we were there towards closing time. We really enjoyed our visit.

Elizabeth D — Google review

This air museum is beautifully constructed and each mural is painstakingly painted. The items in the museum are well taken care of, the information, the guides, the exhibits. You can't come to this air zoo without feeling something about the amount of history you visually see. The aircraft alone can take your breath away, just imagining the machine when they were in their hayday and the lives that were changed from wars and tours. There are sections of the museum that will open your eyes to what some of the young men and women who served in wars and what they endured. This place bring you as close to the machines as possible. You get the insiders perspective from the outside. We have gone here a couple times and each time we walk away with more information and appreciation.With COVID still lingering social distancing is a must and mask wearing highly recommended. We went as soon as they opened and it was wonderful the lack of people made the experience of viewing the aircraft very intimate and the solitude very peaceful. We didn't feel rushed nor felt the need to engage except for the occasional button to press. They sanitize the exhibits regularly for those being touched and also have the cafe open should you get hungry. I recommend the caesar salad is was generous in portion and very delicious. My son had the turkey sandwich which was also a great portion. We purchased our meals ahead which was nice as once it turned lunch time we were hungry and the items were ready.The staff were amazing and helpful and just like anything else in this time frame be patient as low staff does affect businesses. I would recommend spending at least 4 hrs to seeing it all and go back in time from the exhibits. You will thank yourself for taking the time to appreciate the past.

Danielle B — Google review

What an incredible place! Best air museum I’ve been to. $16 and we spent 3.5hrs there — if you love aviation, plan for 4+ hours here. Ran into a volunteer named Ed who was amazing - lots of stories and knowledge of aircraft. They could charge double and it would still be worth every penny.

Brian P — Google review

This air museum is one of a kind, with tons of unique air craft that you won't find anywhere else! Among the highlights is obviously the SR-71 trainer, the only one ever built. They also have the only XP-55 in existence. The museum has many more aircraft on display for you to walk around and look at, and have an exhibit in the back about World War 2 and the Guadalcanal campaign. The flight simulators they have here are also fantastic as long as you are tall enough to reach all the controls. Honestly one of the best museums in West Michigan, and one that I have enjoyed going to since I was a kid

Daniel S — Google review

A very outstanding place to learn about the history of flight in the military. The exhibits are amazing getting up close as well as having simulators to test visitors skills. Great price too. The staff was very welcoming and went out of their way to point out some of their favorite exhibits. Definitely a place to see when in Michigan.

Joseph O — Google review

I just visited the Air Zoo a few days ago with my fiancée. The staff are excellent in terms of providing further back stories to some of the exhibits currently displayed. Additionally, a well rounded experience for all ages to enjoy. A person can definitely spend 4+ hours at the museum without any problem, which is well worth the $18 per adult admission price.

Luke B — Google review

Do not miss this one! There is something for everyone here. We had a family group with ages 7 to 65 and there was plenty to keep everyone entertained. Kiddie rides, all the way to WWI history and before. Over 100 air planes and other vehicles. All in a very large, climate controlled building. The static displays were incredible. If you are someone in your group who has mobility issues, don't worry. They have you covered. Plenty of benches and easy access for all types of mobility devices. It's a fun day. It was not over crowded and there was lots of parking.

Dan S — Google review

One of the most enjoyable visits to any Air & Space museum we've had. Genuinely surprised at both the size of the facility and the quality of the displays. The volunteer staff was knowledgeable and enthusiastic... they all loved answering questions. They even gave us private tours inside some of the aircraft! I'll tell you, it's a special feeling when a vet walks up to you, asks if you want to go on board the aircraft you're ogling, and they reach down to that clip on the end of the rope to let you step inside history. Most highly recommended!!!

Lloyd I — Google review

We were recently in town for my wife’s sister, who had a baby. We had a morning to kill a few hours, so we decided to come here. Our bar was pretty high, considering we’re from Dayton Ohio, where we have access to the right Pat Air Force Base museum. Ours back home is free. This one cost us about $50 to get in as a family of four, my daughter who is four years old was able to get in free.One thing that’s nice is that fee includes all of the rides and attractions inside of the museum, so it was nice to not have to pay for anything extra while we were in. My kids loved it and had a blast plenty of rides attractions and airplane co*ckpit simulators for them to get in and enjoy. I’m a history buff so I got my fill as well.Also, our whole family enjoyed the space part of the exhibit where we had all of the sci-fi In theory from movies! I especially enjoyed the second building, not as much for the kids to do but at the time they are restoring two airplanes recovered from Lake Michigan.This is an amazing private museum that has a ton of volunteers. As far as staff goes, was friendly, kind courteous and informative. Some of the best customer service I’ve received ever.. There was one young man that was running the airplane attraction for the kiddos. He stood out, especially super friendly, made my kids feel warm. We need more people like him. I wish I would’ve got his name to give him a shout out in this review I was very impressed!I don’t know if we’ll come back only because we’re not from this area but if you haven’t, then I would recommend going 10 out of 10!

Skyler R — Google review

Really cool Air & Space museum, especially for kids!We stopped here on a Saturday and it wasn't too crowded, though it was the day before Easter, so I don't know if "normal" Saturdays see more patrons.The main focus is on planes, and boy do they have them! There are tons of planes, from various eras, available to look around and read about. WW II is probably the biggest collection, but they have some more modern jets as well.It's pretty great if you've got kids who like planes - as soon as we entered my 3 year old said "WOOOOOOW, ZOOOMS!" and was completely beside himself.The main area has a couple of carnival-type rides - enough to occupy kids for a bit, but not too many to eat up all the time you've allotted for the visit.There's also a space section, which has both true and fictional spacecraft and replicas. This was the favorite section for my older kids.There's another building of exhibits, but we didn't have time this trip to go visit it - it includes additional planes and some open co*ckpits you can sit in.The cafe is overpriced, but not at much as we expected, seems fairly reasonable for a museum cafe. The gift shop, too, didn't seem unreasonably priced for a museum gift shop.All-in-all, it's a nice museum, and would recommend stopping if you enjoy aircraft, the history of aircraft, or especially if you have kids who like planes.

John K — Google review

This place is incrediblyy huge, awe inspiring, and extremely awesome to visit. We found out about it because my girlfriend and I collect squished pennies and were supper happy to see they had not 1 but 2 machines! 😍 it is hard to express how BIG this place is, they have the main building and then the original one which is smaller but definitely a must visit. They have these gorgeous hand painted murals that wrap around the inside but they also have some extremely beautiful and rare birds like the SR-71 and some incredible helicopters, they also have lots to do for little ones, babies, and kids :) 10/10 would recommend, it is worth every penny and more!

Tyler R — Google review

Very nice place to visit, veterans, first responders, and active military get half off price. Plan on being there a while as there's a lot to see. It's very interesting and informative. If you have questions on anything there's a very knowledgeable volunteer staff. Great place for young and old alike, they have flight simulators. Don't miss out on the flight Discovery Center just a short drive down the road as they have A unique restoration program where many planes have been restored and the workers who are restoring them are most happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have about the restoration process. A must-see!

David — Google review

If you are into airplanes, this place is for you! Tons of planes inside and out. There is a movie theater. Flight simulator is a must do! Upstairs there is a restaurant for snacks if you get hungry. The gift shop has many unique items for all ages! For smaller children they have a kiddie ride area. Highly recommend 💚💯💯

Kenny G — Google review

Worth every cent! My kids loved this place, even the teenager! The staff was amazing at every turn, I loved the older people who were full of information. I can't believe some of the things they knew, what I wouldn't give to have spent an hour asking them questions. Definitely go to the other building. It is a short walk, but the drive was fun as well. They have a cute electric bus that was great, I loved the gift shop too. Everything was reasonably priced.

Casondre — Google review

This place was amazing do not miss it. The staff is super friendly and answered all our questions. There was so much to see and do and our kids didn’t want to leave. You can definitely spend the whole day here if you have younger kids. But big kids (adults included) will have a blast too! Also great picnic area if you want to bring a lunch.

Down H — Google review

So much fun, especially if you have any veterans you know, or don't know where to take your boyfriend. It was really kid friendly as well even though we were 2 adults. The staff was lovely. Going back for sure!

Madeleine M — Google review

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a beautiful botanical garden and sculpture park located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The attraction contains a collection of sculptures by famous artists such as Jonathan Borofsky, Mark di Suvero, and Nina Akamu. It also features a botanical garden with many different types of plants. This park is a must-see for anyone visiting Grand Rapids!

My husband took me here as a surprise day trip and I was absolutely floored by how amazing this place was! I never seen so many incredibly cool sculptures and artwork and so much historical things and then the best part we hadn't even got to the BEST PART yet which was the butterfly gardens. Butterflies are my most favorite thing in the whole world and it was so jaw dropping, they land on you, they're everywhere! So beautiful!! they're so colorful and amazing! The butterfly House where the butterflies live the best life ever in itself is absolutely breathtaking! Everybody in the world should come visit this place! There's only one negative the line is so so long but that's understandable they do their best to work you through fast so come early.

Shana B — Google review

Honestly always a beautiful place to go for a walk. Excellent area for kids to experience and learn. Little gift shop has some beautiful items. Honestly I could never understand how someone may not like this place. Whether you go by yourself to take pictures or just to clear your mind. Or you're going with a significant other for your entire family and kids. Definitely worth the experience and the money spent. Some may think ticket prices a little high however we fully understand that the ticket price doesn't just pay wages and basic upkeep that it also pays towards donations and contributions to keep this place up and running and growing. You're ever in the area I highly recommend you check this place out.

Rayne S — Google review

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is an enchanting destination that offers a perfect harmony of indoor and outdoor beauty. The indoor aspect features a breathtaking butterfly conservatory that is simply stunning. The vibrant colors and delicate fluttering of the butterflies create a captivating experience. On the outdoor front, the park offers scenic views that are equally impressive. From well-manicured gardens to picturesque landscapes, the outdoor aspect of the park is a visual treat. Whether you're exploring the butterfly conservatory or enjoying the serene outdoor scenery, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a place of unmatched beauty and tranquility.

Ye M — Google review

You can easily spend all day here. There are so many different things to see and experience. There is a wetland area that you can just watch the blue herons, turtles, frogs and other wildlife enjoy. There are sculptures and art galore. Beautiful landscape and flowers everywhere. Such a peaceful serene atmosphere all over that makes it wonderful it just walk through. There is also a kids area that is interactive with splash pad and more.

Kelly — Google review

FM Gardens and Sculpture Park is one of the gems of Michigan (the whole country, really!) I’ve been a member over the years, and they keep making a great place even better. I go there often, to walk amongst the beautiful grounds, and to see the art - they have over 200 sculptures by world-class artists! If you have kids (I took mine when they were little and now bring my granddaughter) there is a special children’s garden full of interactive things to do, as well as an awesome indoor play area. The whole place is a wonderland for children, full of plants and wildlife, including swans and geese and ducks and turtles and frogs in the wetlands boardwalk area. And there is a great cafe, wonderful gift shop, picnic area where you can bring your own food, and plenty of spotlessly clean restrooms :) They also offer many special events, including parties and concerts, and things like the butterflies in the spring and holiday trees from around the world in late fall. If you haven’t been, I recommend it as one of the top things to do in Grand Rapids!

Lynn S — Google review

Wow…what a great experience! Visited in early May (Tulips Festival too). The grounds were immaculate and beautiful. Volunteer staff were so helpful and informative. We saw a couple visiting art exhibits that were amazing. The tram ride around the sculpture gardens was really good. Informative and relaxing.

Brian B — Google review

Such a neat place. Loved the indoor plant displays. We were there while they were doing their butterfly exhibit, which was awesome. (Butterflies are my favorite!) We also did the nature walk, visited the Japanese Garden, and walked around the sculpture park. Highly recommend!

Miranda E — Google review

This was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. There is way more to see than the eye let's on. The ticket price of $18 is well worth the amount of park to cover. There is also a great indoor area to explore as well. The park sections are well taken care of and it was a true delight to walk the trails and see wildlife in its natural form. We probably spent more time looking at the frogs, tadpoles, and chipmunks than anything else. There is staff readily available anywhere in the park. The Japanese Gardens is definitely a highlight and a must see.However, there is not nearly enough shaded areas to take refuge in during hot summer days in some of the outdoor sections. With little cloud cover the particular Sunday I went, it was too much to continue on and finish the park.The park recommends giving yourself at least 2 hours, but honestly, you should plan for 3 or 4 if you like to stop and observe. It's a great way to spend a large portion of your day.

Kalamity D — Google review

Beautiful gardens and museum! Highly recommended! I haven’t been here in 10 years and I was pleasantly surprised with all the recent renovations! This place is top notch! My adult children, my toddler grandchild and I all loved it/Perfect for all ages! I can’t wait to go back!

Mary D — Google review

It was a bit hot but the trolly ride was very worth the extra $6 each. Then we strolled around the absolutely beautiful and relaxing Japanese Gardens. There are a lot of benches throughout the park. Definitely plan to go back and check out more of it.

Lisa S — Google review

What a fun way to spend the afternoon! There's lots to see.. so many pretty plants & trees along the many pathways. They have a neat children's play area. Make sure to bring drinking water!! It's a long walk, but we seen everything within 2 hours.. if you're wanting to move slower and take your time you could easily spend all day here tho. The greenhouse was really neat, lots of tropical plants & trees.. the cactus room is amazing also! As for the art.. well it's was ok. I'm not big into art so most of it didn't impress me. A few that were neat tho was the giant horse, arch, and electricity one(pictured)

Callie P — Google review

A rather wonderful space for the community, and travelers alike. The grounds are expansive with meandering trails both shaded and open. The gardens, landscape and hot house vignettes are enjoyable, but lack emphasis on botanical diversity and content. Dominant use of hybrids and ordinary nursery stock used creatively to provide aesthetic balance.There are a lot of sculptures, large and small. The diversity of styles is impressive and each provide a plaque to note artist and title while leaving the interpretation to the viewer. The amphitheatre is beautiful and offers a unique space to partake in cultural performances. It is the very reason I had the pleasure of visiting this venue, being on tour with a music concert.Absolutely all the staff and volunteers, from every department and level of position are friendly, helpful and accommodating. There is tram service that tours the grounds for those that want or need a way to see everything. An on-site cafe offers uncomplicated yet fresh food for a variety of dietary needs and tastes, with options for indoor and outdoor seating. If you're visiting with children you will not be alone, there are a variety of spaces geared to offer safe and entertaining areas for the young ones. Generally speaking the venue is large enough that those desiring more peaceful contemplation of their surroundings will not feel neglected.

JC N — Google review

When I lived in the area we visited frequently and had annual passes. We enjoyed the butterflies in the spring and the train ride at Christmas. In between we never tired of the standing exhibits or special exhibits. Back in the day we could see The Thinker. Today you can see Eve and of course, The American Horse which is an epic sculpture.You'll find the Children's Garden to be charming at any age. You'll be entranced by the Japanese Garden. Other areas you don't want to miss are Michigan's Farm Garden and Sculpture Park. There are also exhibits indoors.If you want to see everything, allow 4-5 hours. It's best though to become a member and return regularly. Plan a trip with a book or a camera and sit in the many well positioned areas to enjoy beauty and tranquility.Also, check frequently for special events including outdoor concerts in the spectacular amphitheater.Below please enjoy some photos below. It's not a complete tour so you'll want to go yourself.Pricing hasn't changed in years so it's still very reasonable.Almost everything is completely accessible except for a few small trails. There is a mobility center with some wheelchairs and scooters (first cone first serve). There is a tram that is narrated if you prefer not to walk.There are some designated picnic areas and some eating options though I didn't see these personally.Parking is plentiful.No smoking.The signage maps are plentiful and strategically placed. The guest guide provided with your ticket is very helpful .Adult ticket is $20; seniors $15.

Kathy K — Google review

We had so much fun at the garden during our visit. We were there for around 4 hours and it was so relaxing. The butterfly conservatory was incredibly beautiful, and there were so many amazing plants to look at.The gardens are well designed with plenty of trails with easy access to most areas. I love that there are plenty of things to look at in between areas.Would highly recommend this location to anyone cisiting grand rapids!

Angela Y — Google review

It was really cool to see international sculptures in grand rapids. I've personally never been to a sculpture garden but it's cool to listen to everyone's interpretation of what they think the sculpture represents if the artist won't tell you. Sometimes the artists actually visit the gardens which is really cool to hear what they have to say about their own work. The Japanese garden was may favorite, probably because of my affinity for Japanese culture and art. They have a tea house in which they actually do tea ceremonies there every once in a while, but you have to reserve a spot for yourself if you want to experience that. There are plenty of different types of flora and lots of ponds and waterfalls. A very nice place to forget all of your issues and just relax. When I went it was like 90° F so I was focusing more on not being dehydrated but I did take some time to sit on a bench in the shade and just reflect. The art is very abstract if you're into that. Plus the visitor center is air-conditioned so it feels nice to go in after being in the hot sun.

Johanna G — Google review

This garden is absolutely stunning and worth every penny. The entire garden is perfectly kept and you could easily spend your entire day here. Not only is it nice to look at and explore it's a great place for photos. The garden is kid friendly and has tons of activities to keep busy. There's easy access to many bathrooms spread about the garden and lots of drinking fountains and places to recycle or throw items away. There's places to eat snacks from home or eating from their personal Cafe. Overall i enjoyed every second of being here and would highly recommend going.

Cielo G — Google review

WOW!!😯😍 Such an amazingly beautiful and awesome place!! We spent 4hours walking through most of the inside and we ate lunch there too. It was raining outside, and this was a perfect place to go on a rainy day. BUT we have to go back to walk through all of the outside. I did walk outside to see a couple fountains real quick, but there is SO much more that I want to see. They have very detailed and handy maps that you can get from staff. You can take a tram tour through most of the outside gardens. This place is just unbelievable, and sooo worth the price. If I lived near by, I'd get a membership forsure. The cafe is amazing too, and has so many neat options to choose from.

Nicole C — Google review

magnificent botanical and sculpture garden. includes conservatory and greenhouses off the lobby area. Lovely Cafe with several food choices. Including vegan choices. Chuily glass displays: ceiling of the Cafe and the chandelier outside the Cafe entrance. Outdoor concerts in the summer. Check the website for the dates, times, musician details. Enjoy this beautiful botanical gardens in Grand Rapids. Only 2 hours and 15 minutes from Valparaiso. Easy drive. 94 to 196. then get off on exit 38 in Grand Rapids Michigan. you have arrived at your destination.

Diana K — Google review

An amazing and beautiful place to visit in West Michigan. Highly recommend doing the 45 minute tram tour to view many of the sculptures on the grounds with narration. We spent over an hour in the Japanese Garden and it is the most amazing spot in the park. The children's garden area is fun and has a really cool tree fort. You need all day to even try and see everything. We spent 3 hours there and did the tram, Japanese Garden and Children's Garden.

Amy R — Google review

The sculpture park is a highlight of this establishment, featuring an impressive collection of outdoor sculptures from renowned artists. As you stroll through the gardens, you’ll encounter striking sculptures set against lush landscapes, creating a harmonious interplay between art and nature. The pieces range from classical to contemporary, ensuring there’s something for everyone to appreciate.The botanical gardens within the park are equally captivating. They showcase an array of plants, including tropical, arid, and seasonal displays, making it a year-round destination. The conservatory is a real gem, housing a diverse collection of exotic plants and seasonal flower displays. It’s an ideal place to escape the cold Michigan winters.The children’s Garden is a fantastic space filled with interactive exhibits and activities, making it both fun and educational for kids. Educational programs and events are often hosted here, making it a valuable resource for learning about horticulture and art.

Asiri B — Google review

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I couldn't even begin to say enough wonderful things about these gardens! And the sculptures too! My parents brought me here years ago when it was a lot closer to its original opening and it certainly has grown and FLOURISHED! The pictures speak for themselves as to the beauty of the entire place. But the workers are just as beautiful. Everyone was so kind, helpful, friendly, and happy! A truly pleasant and peaceful place to be! Thank you so much, Frederik Meijer Gardens, for an amazing day and memories that will last forever!

Isabel W — Google review

Had a really great time! My in-laws have the grandparents membership and it's totally worth it, this place is extremely family friendly. The indoor gardens are stunning and the kids loved watching the mini train go by! There's a kids playroom on another level as well if you need a break from all the noise. We mainly went for the Christmas around the world exhibit, which is so beautiful I just wish they had the space to do every county. Staff was also wonderful!!

Eleanor N — Google review

Went here with our family of 7 and some friends. We had a large group and on this day April 21st around 2:30pm, it was very busy… we had to stand in line for approximately 25 minutes to get tickets. And then going through the exhibits were single file line and took about 30-45 minutes to make it through each “area”. The butterfly exhibit took longer of course and was not single file, it was still elbow to elbow and not easy to walk around freely. I would go back though, the butterflies are so majestic and beautiful to watch. My wife took our kiddos here on another occasion and she said it was not that busy at all. The outdoor play area is terrific way to spend an evening to let you kiddos play and explore!

Tim S — Google review

The only negative i could say about here is that they don’t have a squished penny machine! 😢 My girlfriend and i absolutely lovee this place let me tell you what, i have been going here since i was real little and am fortunate enough to live close by. I have the membership and i am constantly surprised and amazed that every time we go, there is something new and different to see. The property is big and they have a lot to offer and see, i would highly recommend going if you can!

Tyler R — Google review

Loved the butterfly exhibit! Very nice place to get out and walk. Sculpture gardens and beautiful Japanese gardens. They also have a restaurant that serves great sandwiches (turkey and curry chicken salad were wonderful). You can also pack a lunch and eat outside if you want. Was not crowded when we went and spent just over three hours. Will definitely come back next time we are in town.

Incognito P — Google review

A must visit place in summers. Kids love the open are and lots of things and activities to choose from. Children’s garden nd insects exhibited in the gallery were awesome.Will try to go again to cover the areas which we missed today.

Prateek S — Google review

Such a beautiful place to visit! We went there mostly for the butterfly exhibit but also to explore the park. I enjoyed every moment here. $20 dollars for a ticket and they do discount for $2 each up to 4 people if you’re a EBT card holder. Totally recommend.

Eric R — Google review

I no longer live in Michigan and visiting GR it was fun to take our kids to see the gardens and the butterflies. Such an incredible experience to see all the plants and the butterfly experience was incredible. I would definitely recommend visiting and experiencing the butterflies.

Rachel W — Google review

It was such a beautiful place! It's being taken care of by professionals! We did the tram ride, and it was so much fun. The guide was amazing, and he would crack a joke and make all of us laugh. He was very informed about the sculptures and the land.

Sabrina B — Google review

We made a return trip to see the butterfly exhibit today. It was wonderful! We also took a tram tour of the sculpture park. The tour was narrated by Bruce. He was such a knowledgeable tour guide and made it such an enjoyable experience. Thanks again Bruce. You made our day!

Debbie M — Google review

My daughter and I enjoyed the butterfly exhibit!! The staff is always so friendly and helpful The quails are so cute along with the canaries. Will definitely be going back. The sculptures are very interesting. The handicap parking area is plentyful. The wheelchairs are readily available. I can't wait until the plants outside start blooming. Beautiful outdoor areas

Josephine H — Google review

I went in early April for the butterfly exhibit and was absolutely blown away. It was my first time coming here, but will absolutely not be the last. The butterflies are very chill about you getting close for pictures (but NO TOUCHING). I've heard there can be a long wait in the ticket line ($20/adult), but we made the mistake of showing up an hr before close so there wasn't a wait 🙃

Maddy C — Google review

It was really cool, everyone loved all the butterflies and sculptures. I even found some plants and shrubs that I think I need at home now. I think my favorite part was the Japanese gardens. Would definitely check it out again. And just up the street is bros doughs, check it out for an excellent sweet treat

Mike J — Google review

4.8

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

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The Gerald Ford Presidential Museum tells the story of Gerald Ford, 38th president of the United States, and his wife. The museum has exhibits about their lives and presidency, as well as rotating exhibits that focus on American history.

I'm in town on a business trip and made a point to free up an hour to visit the Museum, and in glad I did! They just reopened yesterday and the staff were so excited to have visitors return! The Cabinet Room, Oval Office, and Assassination Attempt Gun were the highlights! I even was able to pay my respects at the tombs of the President and First Lady on the grounds. I am so glad I visited - and an hour was just the right amount of time!

Jody C — Google review

This presidential museum is detailed and well done. There is often a temporary exhibit which makes visiting even more worthwhile. Located across the street from the GR Public Museum and right on the river. There is free parking available, as well as walking paths and a pedestrian bridge if you want to cross the river and explore downtown. Museum is very quiet, clean, and the staff is helpful. Gift shop is small but there are many custom and fun items.

Jennifer W — Google review

Nice museum highlighting Ford’s Childhood College days and his work in Congress. There is a great replica of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room . You are allowed to go into the Cabinet room and take a seat around the table. President Ford and Betty are buried on the grounds outside the Museum.

Tim K — Google review

Really well presented and enlightening. This is the only presidential library/museum that is in two locations. The museum and burial site are in his hometown, Grand Rapids, but, prior to becoming Vice President, he had promised his writings and correspondence to his alma mater, so the library is in Ann Arbor. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there is a temporary exhibit that offers a fascinating look at the Vice Presidency through our history.

Bill P — Google review

The Gerald Ford Presidential Museum is a fitting testimonial to America’s only unintentional President. Living proof we live in a country of laws and not men. How great to have the museum in the hometown. Great exhibits and interactive presentations.

Bill C — Google review

Very nice architecture and ground. Interesting exhibits. Defiantly recommend you see the Sistine Chapel temp exhibit!! Gerald R. Ford seems like a real stand-up man. It was nice to find out more about him.

John T — Google review

What a wonderful experience. I didn't pay much attention to President Ford's contributions when he was in office. I learned a lot about both his and the First Lady's contributions. Truly remarkable.

Gleeful T — Google review

Loved, “A heartbeat away: The American Vice-Presidency, currently at the museum. Learn all about our 38th President and how he made some decisions that saved our Republic. Very interactive. See the Berlin Wall, the Oval Office, and the Cabinet Room. The Betty Ford exhibit shares the story of her accomplishments & how she made a difference. From her work on Equal Rights for Women to her passion around those in need, and formation of Betty Ford Clinic. I enjoyed the bicentennial exhibit. Stop in at the museum gift shop!

Brian S — Google review

The museum was decent; it was well maintained, it had some interesting history and information not only about former President Gerald Ford but also several pivotal moment of his presidency.The biggest problem is with the man himself, I personally didn't find him that fascinating of a president and his tenure was largely short and unnoteworthy aside from his near-disastrous pardoning of Richard Nixon.Still the museum and staff were great and the recreations of the Oval office and other presentations are immersive and faithfully recreated.

Dane R — Google review

Highly recommended presidential library. Inexpensive, beautifully maintained, and interesting architecture. It's not overwhelmingly large. Plus, the videos and 70's artifacts are fascinating. Loved the exact replica of the oval office and the cabinet board room!

Jeffrey B — Google review

Wow, what a great piece of American history here. There is lots of fascinating memorabilia and interactive features. While Ford may not have been the most influencial president, he did preside over some of the most influencial times in US history. Great place to take the kids, or just learn some more about American history for all ages.

Alex C — Google review

Very well laid out museum, following the life of our most unique (to date) president. I was very impressed by the displays, information and the Oval Office recreation. The staff was kind, helpful and very welcoming. I went there at the end of the day and was the only visitor - what a special visit as it was my first time to any presidential museum. Thank you everyone for making my visit there a GRAND one!

Matthew H — Google review

This was my first presidential museum. It was a great experience. I learned a great deal about Ford and his presidency. My favorite exhibit was the replica of the Oval Office. I also appreciate Jared the last exhibit about Ford’s funeral, and hearing all the tributes.

Scott W — Google review

The Gerald Ford Presidential museum is a very accessible, affordable, and enjoyable experience. The exhibits are well made and presented, documenting the life and careers of the President and First Lady. The funeral exhibit is a very solemn tribute. Very much recommend a visit!

Kaden K — Google review

The only Presidential museum in Michigan, and what an amazing adventure!As we entered the parking area,we didn't have any trouble finding a place to park. Nicely landscaped, situated on the banks of the Grand River.The entrance fees are very reasonable starting at 12.00 general, 10.00 for Sr, 6 - 18yr6.00.There are 3 exhibits to view at this time: 1976 Presidential Election, A Heartbeat Away ,The American Vice Presidecy, and Exploring Watergate.Took over 3.5 hours to walk through and was very educational.

James K — Google review

Amazing place to spend a few hours with the family to soak up some history. We learned more at our visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library than we thought was possible. My entire family enjoyed our time here with exhibits that are both educational and entertaining. I would put this location on your list of things to do in Grand Rapids.

Dean V — Google review

Phenomenal experience. Loved the various informative videos with opportunities to sit and watch. Many many displays well explained by plaques. It has an oval office replica from his time as well as the room known as the cabinet. I highly recommend this place

Rebecca M — Google review

Even though I lived thru this period it was great to review it again. We've come so far and Ford did much to heal our nation.The exhibit about the other Vice Presidents was amazing history. Too often, if not always, the Veep was only a footnote on our memory.This is our fifth presidential library/museum. It's amazing the lack of recent history we were never taught in school that has so much bearing on the world we live in today.

Mike S — Google review

Beautiful location, great information. The information on Betty Ford and her contributions nearly overshadow her husband. The VP exhibit was very informative.

Kathy P — Google review

The museum has a simple layout but offers alot of details about Gerald Ford's presidency. The second floor walks you through a life of service starting from Ford's early years as an Eagle scout, his college years, his service as a Naval Officer, congressman, Vice President, and finally his presidency. You can appreciate his many years of service, despite his short lived presidency. I recommend visiting this museum especially for history lovers.

Benjamin M — Google review

Great place to learn about the life and legacy of former President Ford. There is free parking on-sight. When I went, it wasn't crowded therefore no wait to get in and no need to purchase tickets in advance. There's a canal just outside with benches. Nice place to sit and think.

Felicia F — Google review

Very interesting museum detailing the life, presidency, and death of Gerald Ford. Takes about 1 to 3 hours to make your way through everything. Right across the street from the public museum and lots of other sites to see in Grand Rapids.

Stephen L — Google review

4.7

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University of Notre Dame

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The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic institution founded in 1842, is home to the Fighting Irish football team and boasts a picturesque campus. Notable historic sites include the Basilica, dome, and library. The university's Gothic architecture is symbolic of Paris and France itself, with Napoleon having been crowned there. The stadium on campus is impressive and ushers provide helpful service to visitors. Hospitality at Notre Dame is excellent and tailgating events offer opportunities for socializing with fellow fans.

I love it here! I have worked here for 15 years and don't plan to leave anytime soon. Plenty to do and see, people are kind, as it's a beautiful campus. Plus, who doesn't love the best football team?

Matthew P — Google review

The University of Notre Dame Campus is strikingly beautiful. The architecture of its buildings is stunning. In May the tulips around campus are beautiful to see. Souvenirs can be picked up from the bookstore. You can take in a mass at the beautiful cathedral or partake in a sporting event. It is a must see when visiting South Bend.

Colleen R — Google review

We always enjoy our visits to the University of Notre Dame to cheer on our Fighting Irish! Excellent hospitality on this beautiful campus and the tailgating is fun and always good for making new friends! Can't wait to go back again!

Chloie E — Google review

The university of notre Dame is a very beautiful campus. They have very unique landmarks and statues. It was a very nice place to walk around and get pictures. There were some very striking views to be seen around the campus.

Adam R — Google review

Gorgeous and historic campus. The grounds and buildings are beautiful. Several historic sites to visit including the Basilica, dome and library. Notre Dame stadium is also amazing! The ushers and staff were so helpful and kind. Overall great experience!

Nick V — Google review

I was there today to run a Spartan Race. Three venue was awesome. I got a chance to run through the entire stadium, the football field, and some of the campus. We also got to run through the locker rooms and courtyard that had a great view of Touchdown Jesus. The Notre Dame Stadium staff was great too. Very professional. They treated the few thousands of racers, Spartan Race staff, and spectators like family. I'd definitely like to go back again soon.

Sean T — Google review

In the spirit of full disclosure I am somewhat biased as I am an Alumnus. That said, this is truly one of the most unique and beautiful college campuses in the country. I love returning when in the area, and now that I am retired have more time to do so! Do yourself a favor, and put this place on your "bucket list" for places to go!

Joseph L — Google review

Incredible campus, I felt like I was at a national park or museum. Very peaceful, we were here for a tour, my son loves the campus and school, and hopefully, he gets accepted.

Art V — Google review

Absolutely beautiful campus. I didn't study there, so, cannot talk for the quality of education but the place is gorgeous.I love taking walks there, I love roaming around the campus. I love the lakes, swans, and ducks as well! The landscaping is amazing.I like coming here to light a candle for my grandma. 🕯I think I'd be absolutely happy to go to this school as a college student!

Anastasiia I — Google review

A very beautiful Campus. Well maintained as it is makes it easy to see why it's such a popular choice for a great education. I would give a full five just for the beauty but as I have never been a student I can't fairly say how I'd feel having never experienced attending. As a visitor I truly enjoyed the architectural beauty and the history of the famed campus. I recommended this as a great free must see in the area!

Mary J — Google review

Great architectureI can't really say much about the university itself, I just came to visit to see the stunning basilica. There were actually less buildings with unique architectural elements than I was expecting. It appears that the bookstore and dorms and most general buildings are mostly square brick structures. Still worth visiting to see the Grotto, Basilica, and gold dome.

K R — Google review

Beautiful campus. Great place to watch a football game. Great atmosphere. Friendly fans. Food was good for stadium food and prices were reasonable. If you are passing through South Bend on a Saturday and you have a few hours available, I would highly recommend checking out a University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game. You won't be disappointed in the stadium or atmosphere. Go Irish!

Mike B — Google review

I was here over the weekend on business. Decided to go for a 5k run around campus. Was absolutely beautiful. It was nice to see a campus that is kept up so nice. Great architecture as well as landscaping. If you’re in the area highly recommend take a look around!

Chris H — Google review

Notre Dame's campus is absolutely beautiful. From the basilica and the golden dome, to the cemetery and unique trees, it was a gorgeous campus to walk through. All the students we encountered were friendly and helpful, and not to mention, excited for another home football game. Notre Dame's traditions are like no other and taken very seriously by not only students, but also by fans like us. So if you're thinking of visiting whether for a college visit or sports event, you will be glad you chose Notre Dame!

Nikole S — Google review

4.7

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Saugatuck Dune Rides

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The Saugatuck Dune Rides is a popular tourist attraction in Saugatuck, operating since the 1950s. Its rugged off-road trails offer visitors great views of lakeshore dunes, trees and grasses. The drivers are knowledgeable and provide interesting historical facts about the area during their tours. The ride lasts around 45 minutes but seems to go by quickly due to its fun nature.

This experience is pretty awesome. Nate was our tour guide/driver and he was super funny and energetic which we loved. It seems to go by so fast but it was 45 minutes. I wish I was out there longer, it went by fast but so much fun. Nice views, and good time. I would recommend checking this adventure out. Thanks Nate for making it awesome. They seem to always be sold out so act quickly!

Tiff L — Google review

We had an absolute great time! Our driver Bernie was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The ride was fun and the dunes were awesome!! I would recommend getting a time slot in advance online. The slots fill up fast.

Jen S — Google review

Loved all of the gentlemen that performed the dune rides, all of them were very entertaining and informative about the land. Will definitely be back for a family trip! 🤘

Jamie D — Google review

Iconic attraction for locals and natives, operating since the 1950s, the dune rides are a highlight attraction in Saugatuck. Great guides, beautiful trails and fun history. Bonus: super interesting to fly over and see the trail, check it out on your next flight.

David B — Google review

This is an absolute must do activity for anyone visiting the area! We brought our two daughters with us, ages 5 and 2, and they both had an excellent time. Our tour guide did a great job of keeping everyone entertained as well as being very informative about the local area. You learn quite a bit about the local environment and history while also having a blast shooting around in an open aired buggy on the dunes. Definitely reserve tickets ahead of time if you can, they sell out quickly!

Sam S — Google review

Great experience! Our driver was so nice and knowledgeable about the area. The ride wasn’t super bumpy, and good for any age. The ride did go a lot faster than I thought it would, which I was happy about. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area!

Brianna O — Google review

What an experience. It is one of kind fun ride where one gets an opportunity to be close to nature, to learn Geography, to hear stories about buried ghost town, to learn about history of Sand Dunes and to laugh of quirky jokes of the driver cum guide.

Bhalchandra K — Google review

We had a great ride with this outfit. Staff was super friendly and knowledgeable about the history and subsequent creation of these sand dunes. Bernie was our supee guide that gave us a drive of our lives. He starts off and shows his reverse driving abilities without being on the seat . His fun jokes rival those of the Disneyland Jungle cruise and could easily start his own show. He intertwined that with speed cruising through the sands that only a Nascar driver could handle . I also need to mention his knowledge and history of the area and the affect of civilization in the 1900's created this dunes.I would recommend you go here and enjoy the ride. My only complaint really is that it was longer . Hated to go.Thanks for a great time.

Rick B — Google review

I highly recommend doing this ride. It’s not an all day thing so not a huge time commitment. Our guide was very informative on the development, history, and ecology of the dunes. Nice scenic views. Fun experience. Worth the price of the ticket.

Cheryl N — Google review

Our driver, Ian, was terrific. We had a blast. Very informative, and the best rollercoaster like fun around the dunes that buried the old logging town of Singapore.

Alan B — Google review

We went on the dune ride in the afternoon and had a blast. Our driver was Nate. He was both knowledgeable and hilarious. We had a group of five little girls on our trip with their moms, and Nate kept including the girls by name, and joking with them, making them feel comfortable. You’ll stop for about 10 minutes to get out and walk around. Nate gladly took pictures of us…and included himself in one 🤣…then off you go again. It was so enjoyable, we wanted to go again!

Megan M — Google review

We had an absolute blast on the dune ride with our driver Paul! Not only did he navigate the dunes expertly, but his knowledge of the area was impressive, and he answered all our questions with enthusiasm. He had a great sense of humor, and his corny jokes kept the ride entertaining throughout. There were also several stops at places so we could enjoy the beautiful scenery. The view at the top of the tallest dune was of Lake Michigan and the surrounding area. It was gorgeous! We would definitely recommend this experience to our friends and family.

Kellie — Google review

Oh this was so much fun. You can buy in advance. They do accept walk ins, which is what we did. We were able to walk in and be loaded on the buggy for the very next ride, in fifteen minutes. The driver Gary was hilarious. He made the adventure so much better with his commentary. I highly recommend this and I'll definitely be back with different humans.

Rebecca J — Google review

Our driver was Frosty, and he was so much fun and so funny. Frosty knew his stuff and had a lot of fun with his job. He was a real joy to be around, and the history he taught us was really interesting.We supposedly maxed out at 25/30 mph, but it felt a lot faster, especially going around the curves.

uncomfortablespaghetti — Google review

So much fun!! Good American family fun. Our driver, Michael, was great and very funny. Really enjoyed the forest part of the drive and allHis jokes. Definitely worth a try when I’m Saugatuck. We booked online a couple days in advance- seems to sell out quickly!

Stephanie P — Google review

This was one of my favorite parts about our trip to Saugatuck. Booking online took less than 5 minutes. We got there 10 minutes before our ride time and signed a waiver and waited. Lots of seating while you wait. Johnny was our tour guide and was so nice and knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend!

Jessica A — Google review

Fantastic experience. Great fun cruising along the tracks, sliding just a little bit around the curves. The driver was very knowledgeable and his jokes were so bad that they were pretty fantastic.Definitely recommend taking this ride at least once.

Glorkar F — Google review

We took our 4 teens and they had the best time! Beautiful scenery. Great commentary throughout the tour. And when my 16yo lost her phone during the tour, the staff was amazing at helping us locate it. Thank you all so much for a great time!

Lori H — Google review

When I read that it was a 40-45 minute ride I was guessing was going to be in this big vehicle going slow and no excitement but I was wrong. The driver was great. I did not think about stops in the ride for a couple great scenic overlooks, or some strange stops at props with cheesy stories and jokes but also included some very interesting stories on history.This place us an hour from home and never been here before, but would go again. Trip started to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and my 55th birthday.This is a gem that have missed out on for long time and now want to share with grandkids

David B — Google review

4.8

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South Haven Lighthouse

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Holland State Park - Macatawa Campground

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The Holland State Park - Macatawa Campground is a popular spot for visitors to West Michigan. The campground has paved bike trails with views of the sunset and offers shopping opportunities for souvenirs. A highlight of the area is the iconic Big Red lighthouse, which provides a stunning view of Lake Michigan and the sand dunes. While the campground may be tight quarters and primarily geared towards RVs, it does offer amenities such as bathrooms and showers in the center of the grounds.

The beach and campground make this the most popular park in the state! Google says this about the park: “Nearly two million people flock to the park every year, making it one of the most visited state parks in Michigan. The public recreation area, which spans 142 acres, has an array of activities and amenities for visitors. (Mar 6, 2023)” Don’t give up on your summer plans though. There are many more state parks up and down the Lake Michigan shoreline. Warren Dunes (to the south) and Grand Haven (north). The State of Michigan spends a lot on upkeep of its parks so, no matter which one you stay at, you’re likely going to enjoy your time.

Dan M — Google review

Beautiful place to take a meditative walk in the winter. Summers are for crowd lovers only. Easy flat access to beach from parking. Down the road at Tunnel Park there is a very steep decline to traverse to access the beach from the parking area.

Jill G — Google review

Beautiful State park with a pier and lighthouse, nice sand dunes and beautiful long grasses cover the dunes, has a large bathroom area and changing rooms and outdoor showers, an area to watch the boats go in and out of Lake Michigan and two walking paths to help you get all of your gear out to the beach. There is a small kids park with swings and volleyball nets. Been coming here for 35 years and I still love it!

Jennifer ( — Google review

Check in is at 3:00 and they are not flexible on the time. You will need to have photo identification and your license plate number at check in. There is no alcohol allowed and you are required to initial that you understand this. I did see drinking and smelt marijuana so I'm not sure how strict this policy is. I was at site 179. Sites 1 through 116 have a new shower/restroom building which is very nice and updated. Several of the sites on that side have trees surrounding the sites for a lot of privacy and shade. Sites 117 through 211 have out dates showers but is clean. The water shuts off after 10-15 seconds so you need to keep pushing the button. Several sites have no or smaller trees and little privacy. There's a small dog path which my dog loved. Both sides have newer small playgrounds. The host has books and magazines out for sharing . They also have chalk and cute homemade firestarters and a rack of information books for local activities. There's very nice side walks on the main strip for walking and biking with lighted cross walks for crossing the road.The park is quiet at night. The dump station is kept up very nicely. It's near the entrance so it's convenient for full up and dumping . I will definitely be coming here again.

Barie F — Google review

We camped in the beach campground and had a phenomenal time. Everything was neat and tidy. The beach was 4 campsites down from ours, providing beautiful Lake Michigan Sunsets! The modern bathrooms and showers were well kept and clean. The camp host this weekend was super nice. We had a lovely time.

Autumn R — Google review

Plenty of parking and easy access down to the Lake from here.Lots of ice along the waterfront, so weren’t able to get too close, but it’s beautiful seeing the Lake in an icy clutch.Facilities are closed in the winter so do be prepared, and the pier is closed due to ice, but a beautiful spot.

Mike R — Google review

Nice park with a fantastic location, and one of the two bath houses is really nice. The west bath house could definitely use an update, and some of the sites are a bit unlevel, so pay attention when booking for a large RV. We had an asphalt pad and still need all of our leveling wedges to get it right. Still worth visiting this park despite the few shortcomings.

Charles B — Google review

Clean rooms and nice people run it.Great location.The outside needs work, but looks like it is being worked on. There is no pool or mini golf,but if you are just looking for an inexpensive place to stay,this is an option.There is a decent restaurant in the lot ,a bar and an antique store. Small fridge in the room and microwave in a common room.

Kathleen H — Google review

Nice park. Has nice bathrooms. Close to a lot of things to do. Would go back again. Holland is an interesting city. The only things I didn't like were all the pollen falling from the trees, although there were sites with no trees, and someone mentioned they had found ticks on their dog.

Brenda M — Google review

Great trail on the shorter side. Can be steep at the beginning and end but other than that, it's a nice hike with a lovely view of lake Michigan, the red lighthouse and the sand dunes.The campground itself is pretty tight quarters. Not many trees, so I wouldn't count on using hammocks.It seems like primarily an rv park.It does have bathrooms and showers in the center of the campground.

TryItWithRanch — Google review

Campground is a parking lot but right at the beach. No fire pits but you can bring your own. Family friendly. Verizon service decent. You have to pay to park still even with reservation

Bryan N — Google review

If you like the beach, especially if you've never been to a freshwater coast, this is a great place to start. It offers a little something for everyone. There is a nice beach that is kept very clean.

Ada K — Google review

We enjoyed being close to the beach. Our E-bikes were perfect on the many bike paths around the area. Our hike had a beautiful Overlook as a reward, Our campsite was nice, but was next to the main road for the beach. Noisy motor heads had the only disappoint. Nice two day stay.

Irv R — Google review

Location, location, location! For reference, my husband & I stayed 4 nights in July 2023 in our 40 ft motorhome. The park is in a premium location and walking/biking distance to the beach, restaurants & shopping. We rented bikes from Oak Grove Campground for 2 days and loved riding around the beautiful town. The big red lighthouse is a short walk from the park and a great place to watch the sunset. The sites are decently spaced apart and level. If you’re lucky enough, they have some full hookup sites. We were in corner spot #159 (50 amp hookup only). Things to know: cell service was good, there are a lot of tent campers and families with small kids, the park is strict on their noise policy and does night patrols. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend this campground.

Jacquelyn G — Google review

Ok, let me get this out of the way. The check-in process was a nightmare. You weren’t allowed to check in before 3pm and we unfortunately arrived at 2 so we were made to wait. We decided to wander for an hour since we couldn’t wait in the parking lot. Returned at 3 and the line to get in was unbelievable. It took over half an hour.Anyway, the campground was great. Bathrooms and shower rooms were fantastic. Very clean and taken care of. The sites were a bit close together but actually it was surprisingly quiet. Once we saw how packed it was we thought it was going to be a mess, but we had a very nice stay. We would definitely stay here again and recommend to others.

Regan L — Google review

Great campground with a short drive to the beach, which is beautiful!I did want to mention one thing that affected our "camping party"; we had read you could check in early if your campsite was vacant.**This is not true anymore** at this campground in Holland Michigan anyway.*Check in is at 3. No exceptions - even if your site is free.

Amy B — Google review

We really enjoyed our stay at the Holland State Park, Macatawa Campground. The campground host was super friendly, helpful and had a lot of good information including maps of the park and surrounding area. The campsites were nice size. Ours was a pull thru site on a sandy base, had a fire ring, picnic table and good clean power. The restroom and shower building was newer, very clean and nicely laid out with separate individual shower rooms and a spacious restroom facility with hot and cold running water. The campground was located within walking distance of a lot of activities. We definitively recommend this campground and plan to return.

Ray W — Google review

We saw people surfing 🏄‍♀️ 🌊 and it was 40°F and windy. Wow. The restrooms are still closed. (They will open on summer). There is a playground on sand.

Nidia O — Google review

Nice state park with views, piers and a beach. The dunes were great. There is a lighthouse called "Big Red" right across the inlet you can get pictures of. We didn't stay long but enjoyed the visit.

Tyler D — Google review

Great location- the lake is across the road from the campground. Close to Holland which is unique with windmills, etc. Lake Michigan was a 4 min. drive. Campground does not have full hookups, which would definitely be a plus.

Lucy B — Google review

Beautiful beach. We only spent about an hour there. Being springtime we didn't go in the water but we would like to return in the summer to visit.

Tony S — Google review

Nice State Park campground. We stayed in the wooded half, not the beach. There were nice shade trees over half the campground and the bathroom and showers in that half was very nice! They were holding a Halloween event with campsite decorating contest, coffee and donuts, and trick or treating for the kids, also. There is a LOT of road noise audible in the campground, so it's not the quietest option.

Mikki F — Google review

This is an amazing park, was my first time here and made me feel like I was at the ocean it's absolutely beautiful.

Charles D — Google review

We stopped long enough to get pictures of Big Red. Unfortunately Google had taken us in the wrong way so we weren't able to see the front view of the lighthouse. Beautiful area, though.

Elaine — Google review

We stayed at the beach campground on a busy weekend and had a great time as always. It is my "happy place". Showers and bathrooms were clean. Great stay!

Laura J — Google review

Sites were pretty wooded, and shaded. Beach sites were close but not crowded and had easy beach access. The beach, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Water was warm, it was all sand, and super shallow. Even like 25 feet away from shore and it was maybe 4 feet deep. All time favorite Michigan beach.

Sydney A — Google review

This is a state park in Lake Michigan. They have 2 piers you can walk out on when the water is acting up. It was closed the day I went. The wind was blowing and the waves were coming in nice. The park was nice though we really only saw the beach and pier area. They have a cool lighthouse and a plaque explaining the history of the lighthouse. The park seemed well kept and clean and the scenery was awesome. There was a playground area for the kids. If you like being outside, around the water and beach, this was a beautiful place to visit. I would recommend going and checking it out if you are in the area. It would be amazing in the summer for summer fun too.

Jeremy S — Google review

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2215 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424, USA

(616) 399-9390

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Silver Beach County Park

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Public beach

Beaches

Silver Beach County Park is a lovely area located alongside Lake Michigan, featuring a wide beach that offers various exciting activities like beach volleyball. The park also includes an event pavilion and pier access, making it an ideal location for entertainment and leisure. Children can have fun at the spray park fountains or indoor carousel while enjoying delicious pies served by Silver Beach Pizza in an old train depot.

Beautiful park that fronts Lake Michigan with stunning view of lighthouses and piers. Playground for kids. Beach volleyball courts, concession stand, bathrooms, paved trail connecting to Howard family Trail. Paid parking is limited in season. Beautiful sunsets and walking distance to many other local attractions. No dogs in beach but allowed in paved trail.

Sue B — Google review

Perfect as always. The town is great. Wonderful shops and food throughout. Pizza by the splash pad is a must and fishing the inlet never disappoints. The beach is always busy but with plenty of parking and room for others. Has good hills to ride and skate while being mindful of others. No signs posted at all and the boardwalk has plenty of room for everyone walking or riding. They have a beach house with ice cream and all the beach needs. The atmosphere is always great. Highly recommend this place.

Joe C — Google review

Silver Beach is Amazing, during off season, it is calm and reclusive in some spots. You can walk to the end and see benton harbor with sculptures and beautiful scenery. Its a bucket list must.

Chasity G — Google review

Always relaxing when taking a stroll on the pier at Silver Beach. Any season is a stop and walk treat. Beautiful views which will include stunning sunsets most every evening year round.

James C — Google review

Lovely beach for a simple hang out to chill and spend time with family and friends. Sand is clean and soft.There is a playground, and some swings. Decent eateries within walking distance of 10 minutes. Head over earlier for a warmer experience - it gets chilly as the sun goes down.

Luann S — Google review

we stopped after some time at the local winery and some Kilwin's ice cream and enjoyed the sights and sounds of October on the beach!! At least 4 surfers were out to enjoy the waves and it gives you time to stop and think about how important the little things in life truly are!! Silver Beach County Park has our hearts forever!!!

Steven M — Google review

It was a perfect day for pier fishing! We had a great time. However, no fish were caught. Lol.We can't wait to go back!

Daniel R — Google review

Beautiful views. Amazing splash pad. Easy parking and wonderful beach on Lake Michigan. Great little shops, cute downtown, great coffee and chocolates! We will be back to spend some time here next summer.

TheBudgetFamilySykesAgain — Google review

This was my mine and my husband's first time here and we'll definitely be going back. We ate at Silver Beach Pizza and it was some of the best pizza we've ever had. We took our chairs and sat close to the tide coming in and I walked along the beach collecting rocks, which I found some pretty cool ones.

Stephanie B — Google review

Lovely beach, great spot to see the sunset.In season the parking is a little expensive, particularly if you just want to stop by for a walk or something.Not dog friendly. Silver beach pizza is good, but gets super busy in the summer months so be prepared to wait for both tables to eat in and take out.The walk down the pier is worth it, it’s a nice view out to the lake and back to wards the beach. Lots of things for the kids to do and play on, plus volleyball etc. it’s super nice to walk down the beach and pier in the winter and see all the ice and snow

Simon E — Google review

I hung out at the beach pretty much all day on September 23rd. I took in the beautiful weather and the sound of the waves as the boats passed by out in the distance. My goal was to catch the sunset. But before settling to do this I hit up two wineries and did some wine tasting..Dawn became dusk and I was able to catch a beautiful sunset at around 7:30pm. The weather was perfect. The people were pleasant. The wine was delicious. The booths set up selling cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and arts and crafts was a nice surprise..Silver Beach Pizza was good too!

SAM ( — Google review

Great beach. It's clean. Not enough parking, so parents with young children beware. There might be some walking.There is a restaurant near the beach, bonus so you don't travel far for food. The beach can get crowded towards the afternoon. Parents with younger kids best to be there before 2 pm. Easier to track your children with less people around.No dogs are allowed on the beach.

Y O — Google review

Very good beach. You will have to pay $15 to park right next to the beach, but it is free on the street. There is a very nice fountain play area, a playground, and lots of volleyball nets. The beach has very soft sand, and the lake is not too deep approximately 50 feet from the shore.

Vince M — Google review

Love this beach sand, water and surroundings area plenty do do and good food.Sunsets amazing...

Tammy M — Google review

We didn't actually get into the water but we did walk along the beach. It's a nice quiet area. Plenty of seating. They have 2 parking options. 1 is about a blocks walk give or take for free & the other is right on the beach $15/day, which is a great price. The beach was well kept & the view was nice also!The beach is located right in the downtown area that has a nice strip of boutiques, restaurants, wine bars & sweet treats. We visits Buck for lunch, DK Boutique for their 50% off pandora sale & I also grabbed some cute fedoras that were on sale. We did tastings @ White Pine winery & Ballerina Winery also.Can't wait to return for another day trip.

Jahnik D — Google review

Good beach. No sharks, no jellyfish, freshwater and nice sand.Right on the beach (in the sand close): Restrooms, Swings, 9 sand volleyball courts, snack shack, playground, water rentals and life guards.Real close to the beach: Parking, Spray water park, restaurant, lighthouse, pier, carousel (open Fri-Sun).Tourist friendly little town a little further walk with plenty of shops and restaurants.Parking right on beach is $15 all day. Free all day parking is a 5 minute walk.

Charles M — Google review

I'm a walker, 3+ miles a day. If I'm not playing golf or swimming in my swim spa, my favorite place to walk is Silver Beach. I'm a trained lifeguard when we had a cabin at Huntington Beach, California. I was a "Surfer Girl" and planned to save myself. I did save several folks along the way. When I'm walking at Silver Beach I'm always looking for someone to save. A few months ago I convinced a kid who was about to go pier diving by himself, not to go. I always sit near the lifeguard station when the lifeguards return to school at the end of the summer. I look at the ring and bouys on the station and am ready to save someone. I'm in my 70's now, but I'm always ready to save someone.

Eileen C — Google review

Nice park that combines the beach with some walking paths, a pier, a splash pad, lots of cool art, and connects to the downtown with some great food choices. If you park closer to downtown and walk down the steps there are plenty of free options to park.

Bernard J — Google review

Wonderful find less than thirty miles from South Bend. We enjoyed a walk along the pier and an ice cream at cabanas which was delicious. There is a shopping street called State Street when you get done with the beach. Awesome destination for an afternoon away from Academia.

Richard H — Google review

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101 Broad St, St Joseph, MI 49085, USA

(269) 982-0533

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Grand Haven South Pierhead Outer Lighthouse

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Lighthouses

Piers & Boardwalks

Built in 1839, this historic boardwalk features 2 red-painted lighthouses to guide ships.

We had the opportunity to visit the Grand Haven South Pierhead Outer Lighthouse in APR_FY2024 and it was an amazing experience.We did a plant tour and for sure it's a beautiful place, especially to visit on a hot summer day.The land around the Grand Haven South Pierhead Outer Lighthouse is also remarkable, even a simple ride across the roads could be an unforgettable experience.Definitely, it's a place where we want back.

Robertson S — Google review

The Grand Haven Pier:Come and take a walk through paradise, morning or night, the catwalk, the sun and water is an amazing delight! Watch and hear a big freighter toot on it’s horn, the view is magnificent, perhaps even better than any magical unicorn! Waves can be big, the wind can blow hard, we are thee town of the mighty and brave Coast Guard!

Brett H — Google review

Gorgeous place. My wife and I went June of 2021. Such a beautiful sunset and loved the walk out to the end of the pier.

Lonesome C — Google review

Grand Haven South LighthouseHere is the famous light house. The pictures are all over the internet. Beautiful lighthouse.Warning, many people have died here. Yes. Swimming at the wrong time and place. Warning!Highly Recommended

Kalvin H — Google review

Beautiful walk on the pier. The height of the buff does dip down about halfway through so be mindful of waves splashing over the edge! Amazing experience and about a 1.5 mile walk from downtown Grand Haven.

Spencer — Google review

Spectacular place to visit, especially in the winter with smaller crowds, and the ice build up on the pier in the lighthouses.

Frank P — Google review

Great park. That's it! It is absolutely beautiful this time of year (later spring/early summer).

Daniel R — Google review

The Grand Haven Pier is an absolute delight on a beautiful summer day. The sun's warm embrace lit up the picturesque surroundings, making the shimmering waters of Lake Michigan even more inviting. Strolling along the pier was a treat, with the gentle breeze and panoramic views creating a sense of serenity. The sound of seagulls and waves added to the soothing ambiance, making it the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty. I highly recommend visiting this enchanting location for a memorable summer experience.

Christopher D — Google review

A great place to view in rough weather, but also not an ideal place to visit under such conditions.Seriously: DO NOT VISIT DURING STORMS!!The location is beautiful to visit when weather is calm or if there is light rain. Diving off the pier can also be fun so long as you are aware of the rocks. Rough waters are also fine so long as the weather is relatively calm. High, violent waves during blustery conditions can be a death sentence, though.Be aware, take precautions, be safe.

ReverendLondo — Google review

Very pleasant place to visit. Nice & quiet. People were friendly 😃

Vinzon L — Google review

Drive right to an amazing view!

Bryant E — Google review

We are very thankful for the continued maintenance on the Grand Haven Pier and lighthouses. Please don't walk out in storms or on the ice. Many people have died here and there are memorials posted for the some of them who drowned in the early 2000s, but many others are not listed.

Fitz F — Google review

If you're anywhere near Grand Haven this is a must see. It clearly is an icon. bring you camera. Choose your parking wisely, there are ample lots. That said it is a beautiful area to walk around. Getting out to the lighthouse was straight forward. The walk area was clean and safe. People of all ages were venturing out on the pier.

Jon M — Google review

Cold winter day but the pier was a beauty to see. It was frozen over I tried to walk the whole length but started skidding recommend having traction on your boots. The ice sculpturing was beautiful with the fire engine red lighthouse in the background. Look forward to visiting during other seasons to watch the transformation

Anna D — Google review

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Four Winds Casino New Buffalo

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Casino

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Casino hotel

Located in New Buffalo, Four Winds Casino offers a luxurious resort experience with a massive casino featuring 3,000 slots and gaming tables. The hotel is conveniently situated near local attractions and offers amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, concierge services, and gift shops. Guests can enjoy the visually appealing casino and resort with quick self-check-in, affordable and comfortable rooms equipped with in-room safes and mini fridges.

Huge Casino lot's of slot machines! Great hotel with really nice rooms! It seems like it is smoke free now which makes it much nicer experience! Really nice hotel room if you're to tired to go home! The food was excellent! Everyone loved everything they ordered! Uses REAL bacon for their BLT! Yummy! Of you have not been here I definitely would recommend it!

Carrie W — Google review

Excellent casino! We come here mainly for the buffet, we drive all the way from Illinois, about 1.5 hr drive because its worth it. The buffet used to have more food selections, such as Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, currently they are down to a fraction of the previous capacity. I was told recently they will be returning to full service soon however, sometime October 2022 but not 100% certain. We have not tried the other restaurants, I would bet they are all good. As for the casino, its clean, and very well laid out. There are numerous shops inside also to purchase items if you intend to stay at the hotel. We have not had the opportunity to stay at the hotel, but imagine its also very well maintained. I feel like I'm in vegas when coming to this casino. We just hope they get that buffet going to full speed again, we would visit much more frequently and spend more money if only that buffet were fully operational.

Art A — Google review

**Updated**We have stayed here many times and it is always a pleasure, the rooms are clean, well cared for and the staff is so friendly and helpful. We absolutely loved our stay in April in the Deluxe Suite, the two room suite was amazing. The jetted tub faced the windows so we had a beautiful view of the sunset while we relaxed. The bathroom doors kind of made us laugh a bit, they just look like closet doors, so we called it Narnia 🤣🤣 the whole room was comfortable and inviting. We've been staying here regularly in smoking and non-smoking rooms, the deluxe suite is a non-smoking room, and the second best room you can get besides their celebrity suites. It is always a pleasure staying here, even if the slots aren't being so nice lol.Absolutely loved it here, the room was amazing, the shower especially. The whole staff was so welcoming and accommodating, very helpful with any questions we had. The room was very clean and well stocked. The buffet was omg, so good. So many options for food, and so many desserts. The drinks served at the c-bar were delicious. On site Starbucks was great and the cashier was very helpful and so cheerful. Lost money on the floor but went for fun, will be back asap lol

Mykell M — Google review

My wife and I went here for a concert at their venue, Silver Creek Event Center, and stayed the night. There was a self check-in option which I think would've been quicker; however, as we've never stayed there before, we elected to use a person to check in. There was a short wait, but not too bad.The room was clean and very spacious with a great view. It had a mini fridge, a microwave, and a Kurieg with some k-cups. You likely won't find any bargains though, I think we paid around $330 for one night, and there was no room service when we stayed if that matters to you. They did have an outdoor pool area and a fitness center.Neither of us are big gamblers so I can't speak much to that experience, except to say that they did have a lot of machines and table games to choose from. I do love that it's a smoke free casino (there are designated smoking rooms if you are a smoker). There are also places to hang out if you want to do something other than gamble. There is a sports betting area to sit and watch sports (with a bar if you want to order a drink), a restaurant on the casino floor, Timbers, if you want to stop and eat, and other bars also located on the casino floor. They also have a Steakhouse, Kankakee River Grill, a buffet, a coffee shop, and other gift shops. We elected to eat at Timbers and the service for food was SLOW. If you're going to an event and want to eat beforehand, better get there plenty early, like at least an hour maybe more.We enjoyed the concert, the show was very good. I would recommend sitting in the back if you're going to a concert as they have stadium seating in the back and it's comfortable. It looked like just banquet chairs up front.Overall it was an enjoyable experience, all of the staff members were friendly and helpful. The only downsides I would say are that it's not cheap and the food service is slow.

John C — Google review

I’m freshly 21 so 4 winds is my first experience at a casino. It definitely was not a disappointment. The staff were all very nice and inviting. They have a nice bar that made very taste, pretty looking drinks. They have a wide verity of different types of machines to check out. The building itself is huge and there is a lot to looks at. The place is very clean too. I have started getting vouchers in the mail too which is nice. Overall I highly recommend giving this place a visit. Just remember to play in moderation and be smart.

Abby S — Google review

Beautiful casino with a huge amount of slot machines! Restaurants, shopping are located inside they even have a theater for concerts. Comfortable seats good views all around. Will definitely come back to see another concert here. Acoustics were good.Washrooms are well maintained. No smoking allowed inside which is a plus but people were allowed to smoke too close to leaving the building forcing people to walk through the smoke! The

Sharon M — Google review

I loved the windings tree line road to the casino and the surprising enormous Indian chalet casino that appeared before my eyes. We went for lunch. I'm looking forward to going back for the entertainment.

Maureen R — Google review

For anyone curious about payouts, it's good to remember that casinos, like any business, have their model. Every time we engage, there's potential for fun and wins. Let's stay optimistic and enjoy each moment! Just play and it will come!

AleK P — Google review

I love everything here! Have stayed at the hotel many times. The Copper Rock is a dining treat. Excellent staff. From management to house keeping.

John M — Google review

Stayed a couple of nights in gorgeous rooms. The staff was great! The hallways were cool and reminded me of scary movies where the hallways never end. The beds were comfortable and the showers were to die for. The TV screen had a fireplace running and was so relaxing. Definitely going back.

Steph D — Google review

The staff were all so friendly and nice. Can’t complain about a single person. The dealers were also very friendly and fun to joke around with while playing. My only complaint are the room temperatures. Felt like we were in an inferno at first. It cooled down later in the night but it was still a bit muggy and tough to sleep. Next time I’m heading back to GR from Chicago I’ll definitely be back but might have to consider the Holiday Inn across town for sleeping due to the temperature of our room.

Joseph G — Google review

Disclaimer: dont normally spend much time at casino's.Four winds casino's is not the flashiest casino I have ever been to, that would most likely go to one in Vegas.I do think this casino is very nice and well kept. Everything is well finished and clean. It does not smell saturated with smoke. There are very nice restaurant/ bar options. The buffet has great prime rib Saturday's! The casino does a great job decorating for the holidays and making transitions! I would recommend for adults in the area that have a free night to experience part of southwest Michigan. Great environment to watch sports at the bars and center areas!

Dennis S — Google review

Such a beautiful place. Hotel rooms were big and comfortable. The buffet was decent, the cold salad and dessert was the best part. Hot food was lacking. The grill had good food, liked breakfast the most. Definatly a older crowd. They do have entertainment on the weekend. There were people winning on the slots but seemed to be more losing then winning. I only got lucky on one machine and it really was just making the money back that I had lost. Several machines I was looking for they didn't have. For a night getaway with alittle play its great. Customer service is good. No smoking anywhere in the building. No free alcohol while playing games. But the drink we did purchase was $12 at the bar, it was strong and good. Not my first choice of places to go but I would return again.

Katherine J — Google review

First time trying the buffet. There are so many choices. Overall, it was pretty good. Will probably go back.

Sherri C — Google review

Second time visiting this beautiful casino after visiting 2 years ago. Absolutely love the decor throughout and the fabulous grounds. Everything is well cared for including the flower gardens to the inside structure. The casino area was the biggest improvement over these 2 years since I was here. It is brighter and has ALL the up-to-date slot machines and plenty of them. I recently visited Las Vegas and they didn't have all the newest games, so I was very impressed with Four Winds Casino selection of new slots. During my 6-day vacation, I came back to Four Winds numerous times and it wasn't boring any of the days. Payouts were large and frequent; you could play for hours without losing much and it wasn't overcrowded. It is a nonsmoking casino, but they do have a beautiful area indoors to go to and they will let you smoke outdoors.Food was pretty good at Timbers and was very good at the buffet. Tried to eat at Kankakee Grill, but no luck. It either was closed for the day or had awful dinner hours throughout the week.As for all the restaurants at Four Winds, well it was VERY tricky to find anything open after 9 pm during the week. (A bit better on weekends) As everything in New Buffalo closes early, many restaurants here have many "days NOT open" and constant changing of dining hours for each restaurant. It made it very hard and FRUSTRATING to get anything to eat after 9:30 pm. Timbers was a safe bet to find something to eat, but even they had their issues. Long lines to wait in because many of the other restaurants closed early and forced customers to Timbers. I waited over an hour to get a hamburger. So, unless the stars line up with the planets just right and/or you eat before 10 pm, make sure you have other plans for getting food. Actually, this is just nonsense and it needs to change.So, while the restaurants are not very promising or reliable, the main floor casino was very good. I enjoyed playing the games at Four Winds Casino and will do so again next year.

Star ( — Google review

My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Four Winds Casino New Buffalo. It's a visually appealing casino and resort. We checked in via self-check-in which was quick and easy. Our room was affordable, nice, comfortable, and clean. Our room included an in-room safe and mini fridge.The Four Winds Casino is a spacious casino with a very large selection of slot machines, as well as table games. We play slots and enjoyed both the selection and availability of machines. We also won enough to keep playing which is what we strive for. The casino area was clean. They had a selection of complimentary Coca-Cola products, water, and coffee, as well as alcohol available for purchase.The Four Winds Casino has a selection of restaurants. We opted for Timbers Fast Food & Deli for a late pizza. They were very busy and although the staff was friendly, the man working the til was extremely slow and didn't seem like that was his forte. The pizza was affordable and good. They also have a very nice gift shop on the premise which also includes a few necessities/toiletries.Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Four Winds Casino New Buffalo. It's a very nice casino and resort that we would visit again!

Sarah H — Google review

Very inviting atmosphere and tastefully decorated for the holidays. Rooms were very nice, and beds were comfortable. While I really appreciated the smoke-free atmosphere of the casino proper, there was a lingering smell of cigarette smoke on our floor and in our "no smoking" room. We ended up needing to launder clothing we wore and that we took out of our suitcase. Our room overlooked the pool area, and while closed for the season, was decoratively lighted. This is certainly a place we would weekend at again.

Paul D — Google review

The entire casino is like walking into a living morgue. It is extremely dark and depressing atmosphere. Smoking should also not be allowed as it is detrimental to one's health including non-smokers. I would not recommend.

Nadia — Google review

Great time at Four Winds. Casino is very clean and it's a no-smoking floor. Slots were very reasonable priced to play. Room was very nice. Buffet was very tasty, nice carving table.

John K — Google review

I genuinely don’t need to know anything about a casino and their immense greed past discovering that they, like many other greedy casinos, did something as simple as turning the ability to split and double on digital blackjack machines off.Some idiot with an MBA realized if they squeezed every single potential advantage, they’d shave a point or two extra away from their customers in a business that already guarantees insane profit. They do this all while reducing amenities like closing their late night food option at midnight on the weekend. Post covid greed gripped all casinos and this one is no exception.

Jeff W — Google review

Love this casino, it's definitely a beautiful experience right from the long entryway where you drive through a peacefully aesthetic forest scene that approaches the casino. You have a choice of the parking lot or parking garage. Once inside you are greeted with many options to start your stay. A small store with some clothing options, Starbucks, several dinning options depending on your budget, the tables and the slots. Non smoking including vapes but it's a small price to pay to not have to smell cigarettes and cigars next to your machine. There is an indoor area to smoke as well as designated areas outside. The self serve sodas (co*ke products) and coffee are usually always kept clean and are a great addition to the relaxed atmosphere. I love the fact that there's an expansive amount of slot machines, even on busy weekends you can usually find an area without 'bumping elbows' with other patrons if you aren't the type to enjoy someone right next to you. Always sign up for a membership card, there's sure to be an incentive like credit for food or gambling that comes with. Good luck!

AvA L — Google review

We arrived May 10th for my 39th Birthday. My Fiance planned our weekend without me knowing lol. This was taken from 9th floor a beautiful view. The landscaping they did was beautiful lol I definitely have some ideas for my backyard thanks to the Resort.. The staff all have good attitudes and they make sure you have everything you need.. I never been to a Hotel Resort that had friendly staff even housekeeping that was getting rooms ready greeted us and welcomed us. I recommend this Hotel Resort if you need a getaway from all the daily stress from work and relax and enjoy the spa and the hot tub they have on the property or use the one in your room. And the king size beds oh man I slept like a baby lol. But we had a great time and enjoyed my Birthday weekend i also won some extra cash in the Casino. Four Winds thanks so much for giving us the Studio Suite! ☺

David C — Google review

I love Four Winds. I've been going there for over 20 years. One year, my son gave me & his dad an anniversary gift to stay overnight in a beautiful suite. We loved it. I will continue to go.

Linda M — Google review

My friend lost a ring in the sofa. We couldn't get it out no matter what we did. Hospitality sent a guy who helped us retrieve it with a vacuum cleaner. That's service!

Ka-ryn S — Google review

We've been here before but never stayed overnight.We stayed for 2 nights. The rooms are clean and spacious.Had a nice stay. No issues.Went to check in and park briefly by the doors to unload.The VALET parking guy was creaming at us to move!!!He was very rude and very unprofessional!!!If Four Winds has any control over the Valet parking employees you might want to speak to them.

Becki M — Google review

Can't find a dress code anywhere on the website. However as a concert goer I'm dressed for a band I like. Got there early only to be told I'm not allowed to gamble on the floor 🤔 that's fine but maybe a little note before buying tickets or I don't know put out some more info about when doors open I checked the website and found nothing other than the start time.

Erika S — Google review

The wife and i have been going up Sundays for a little gambling and lunch. The first few times I asked for a comp for lunch. No problem sir. Only $20 or so, nice gesture, today. Nope, sorry. Check back later maybe. Really? Asked later and it was like buying a used car. How about $8? Dropping like 6-800 in a couple hours and this is the thanks we get? Cmon four winds. Wont be back for a long while after that nonsense. Not like we wanted a hotel room or something.

David T — Google review

Stayed in the hotel for a show. Impressed with security. Everything was clean. Shower was great. The beds are pretty stiff if you are used to cushion.They do not have a Sunday breakfast brunch. Missed opportunity for the weddings and concert crowds.

Fifi K — Google review

I went to a concert. I am NOT a gambler, so this is just hotel and food.The beds are rock hard.NO SUNDAY MORNING BRUNCH BUFFET.Seriously, who does that? Weddings, parties, and no brunch? Monsters. We left the property early to find food.No pool in winter because, of course, the only one they have is outside.Otherwise, the water pressure was great.The event room was an intimate size without being stuffy. The concert was amazing.

Jenn K — Google review

Go here quite a bit but lately I've have been going to Gun Lake or Fire Keepers. At Fourwinds, it just seems like they have the machines tighter and you don't win that often. At least at the other places you can win enough to play and get entertained by the slots, even if you lose some.

Jeffery G — Google review

Payout % has been less than 5% in last 3 visits. Imagine how much potentially you can lose these days. It's no wonder there's less than half the people here vs 4 years ago. I thought it was bad years ago now it's just deplorable with a creepy vibe. Non smoking and still stinks like the games. COVID also over for years now and still skimming change from customers on a "ticket". Like they can't get change or something in the ATMs. You have to play it (lose it) or stand in line at cashier to collect change. Big mistake giving this place another chance it didn't deserve.

Bryan K — Google review

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Pere Marquette Park

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Pere Marquette Park is a public beach located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The beach boasts of vast white sands and provides an unobstructed view of a lighthouse. This place serves as a second home for many people all year round, especially during summer when families with kids come to enjoy the warm sunshine. The area is generally clean, but visitors are encouraged to maintain cleanliness by disposing of trash in designated cans provided throughout the park.

VERY NICE beach area with tons of room on a soft sandy beach! Well taken care of! Paid $7.00 for an all day park pass. Well worth it. Gradual decline in the water and clear sand below. It was like going to Florida beaches only cooler and friendlier to everyone! I could not recommend this more, we had a relaxing blast here! There are bathrooms in the area we went too. We WILL come back, it was that nice!

Danelle M — Google review

No matter the time of day, or season of year, this is by far my home away from home. My kids and I live at this beach in the warmer months. It is normally pretty clean. Sometimes jerks leave trash but there are trash cans all over so you can be a not jerk!! Portable toilets available and there is also a permanent bathroom available during the summer. A restaurant is right on the beach with a walk up window and sit down seating too. They offer food, drinks, and ice cream. There are also several locations near the beach that sell ice cream and snacks too. You do have to pay for parking but if you live in the county of Muskegon you get a free parking pass.

Yolanda S — Google review

Great beach experience, lots of parking available, clean sand and accessible to the water. The Deck is a popular spot for dining and night life, and the Beach Cove is a convenient place to change clothes, shower off sandy feet and get refreshments. A perfect beach spot in Michigan.

Melissa U — Google review

Great place to access Lake Michigan from the Muskegon area. Parking is prepaid at $10/day or $20 for a season pass. The beach was very clean. The bathrooms were relatively clean. Easy parking all the way down the park. We are up here for the week and have visited every day. There is a nice play structure and beach volleyball courts on the premises.

Ryan G — Google review

A really nice beach. It was a Saturday when we were there so it was very crowded and parking was limited but if you were patient you could get a spot. A great concrete walkway that goes out to the breakwater light. A very popular boating harbor, also. A good place to bring the family for a day in the sun.

James F — Google review

Love this beach! Lake Michigan is just perfect, the sand here is wonderful for kids to play in, and the light house is a fun perk.Live the sunsets!

Caitie B — Google review

Due to the Canadian wildfires fires the day at the beach was particularly clouded, but nevertheless in was an enjoyable visit. It did eventually clear up once the wind picked up, but I had a chance to take plenty of pictures and videos. Overall great beach! Don't bring your dogs though. Also someone anchored their boat on the beach. Not cool!

Alejandro B — Google review

Spacious and relaxing atmosphere. I really enjoyed the time to clear my head and watch the sunset.

Earl L — Google review

Beautiful beach.Restaurant/bar on the beach as well as a concessions area and a public bathroom. The beach also has a playground, plenty of parking, plenty of space, and many benches to rest along the way. One of my favorite beaches ever. My happy place!

Holly M — Google review

This place never disappoints with its amazing sunsets and numerous ice cream spots. There are also some good places to grab some grub. It was a better place when parking was free and there were less buildings near the beach. That being said, The Deck is quite a good date spot given it's a great sunset night.

Stephen N — Google review

This beach is very pleasant and clean. The beach is wide and contains a lot of sand unlike some other beaches in the area. There’s also a playground and snack shack by the beach. If you stay late enough, you can even see a nice sunset over the water. I’d recommend going here for a good beach experience on Lake Michigan.

Frenite — Google review

Excellent beach no matter what the season! Beautiful sand with lots of beach space to enjoy. Restrooms and outdoor shower, as well as a handicapped walkway that leads near the water. There is a restaurant on the beach as well as an ice cream/snack shack. You will need to pay for parking during the summer months but it’s not very expensive. Kiteboarders are often there. Great sunsets as well. Beautiful place for a wedding too!

K M — Google review

Great beach, nice cool breeze and well kept. Not too busy and plenty of views worthy of memories and pics.

Mark H — Google review

Beautiful place!! Dog friendly, plenty of room to have your own little piece of the beach!! I recommend walking out to the lighthouse!! So beautiful out there!!

Heidi K — Google review

This was a great place for a family day at the beach! It was clean, had restrooms, an outdoor shower, and the lighthouses were really neat! There is also a BBQ restaurant that smelled amazing. We didn't eat there, as we brought a lunch, but it looked like a neat place, and it got quite busy later in the day. I would recommend taking folding chairs and some type of shade. We went on a Thursday morning and it didn't get busy until mid afternoon.

Stacie B — Google review

This place is really calm and soothing!The view is good, the beach and the crowd is nice. I was amazed to see a deer nearby and took pictures. The parking is free and the path to lighthouse looks scenic. Happy to visit the place.

Anurag K — Google review

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Indiana Dunes State Park

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Dune-lined park for hiking, swimming, fishing, cross-country skiing, birding & more, plus campsites.

Great scenery! We went right after a big storm and got to see the water frozen pretty high! It was gorgeous. My husband and I enjoyed the long walk on the beach. Pet friendly as well! We got to see all the puppies who were friendly!

Zee D — Google review

We were here during summer and the line to enter the parking was huge. It took a while for us to get a spot in the Parking area. However, it was worth the wait. Although it's on the shores of lake Michigan, the beach gave us a feeling as if we were on some Ocean beach. Midwest's very own coast, I'd say :) Plus, the water here is fresh water. We took the 3 dune challenge followed by spending time catching a spectacular sunset with Chicago's skyline at the backdrop. Recommended to visit on a weekday when there is less rush.

Saiprabhu B — Google review

We did the 3 Dunes Challenge on a cool, rainy morning. It was just a mist rain, but it kept us cool! The paths are well defined and in certain places, steep. The sand is soft, so when you take a step forward, you slide back a little because it's so soft. It is challenging but definitely doable! We are not the most fit people. We walk a lot, but being from Florida, we do not have a lot of hills or sand (except on the beaches!). It took us about 2 hours.

Dave C — Google review

Went to watch the Solar Eclipse on the beach! The park is beautiful. It is huge! Plenty of hiking trails! The beach is huge and gorgeous. There were staff members walking around cleaning up the beach while we were there! The building is beautiful and well kept they have a little food shop in it but was not quite open for the season. The nature center was very nice, also clean. Has regular bathrooms in it. They do have several events going in and that is posted in various spots throughout the park. They were having an Eclipse event with friends if the Indiana Dunes selling “solar” related snacks and drinks! See pictures for details…so cute! Smokey the bear was walking around for picture opportunities. There is a regular bathroom on the beach as well, it is clean and well maintained but it is a single use stall.Prices vary to get in for the day…to walk or bike in it was $2 per personPer car was $12And there were camping prices, bus prices and can prices too. Website is very helpful!We will definitely be going there again!

Jennifer H — Google review

Very large park on Lake Michigan. The line to get into the park was extremely long but the beach area and lake itself was just beautiful and refreshing. Only one toilet available at the beach and the line for it was massive as well. You can’t drive much around this park either like the others but it has lots of trails for hiking. It’s a good spot to go if you live nearby and don’t want to drive 16+ hours to the ocean.

Lexi J — Google review

Absolutely beautiful park with many trails through the forest and over the dunes.Beautiful nature center with clean bathrooms and a water bottle filling station.We came in July and were glad we carried bug spray. The wooded trails had lots of biting flies and mosquitoes but the spray worked great.Park by the nature center to hike the three dunes challenge. Entrance into state park is $12 for out of state cars.Best to hike with sandals. Parts of the trail are deep sand and steep incline. There are plenty of places to stop and catch you breath. Beautiful and peaceful location.

Rebecca M — Google review

My experience at Indiana Dunes State Park was truly incredible. The hiking trails were stunning, accommodating hikers of all levels. I was captivated by the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the beautiful forests along the trails. The park's diverse flora and fauna added an extra element of excitement to my hikes. The sandy beaches were perfect for relaxation, swimming, and enjoying thrilling water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding. The sunsets over the lake were truly mesmerizing, creating a serene and romantic atmosphere. Indiana Dunes State Park provided me with an unforgettable experience, combining amazing hiking adventures with the sheer beauty of Lake Michigan.

Janak — Google review

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Indiana Dunes State Park in the beginning of July 2023.July was the perfect time to visit as it's not too hot up north in July. We started on the 3-Dunes Challenge, where we ascended three dunes with quite the incline. Even in sand, it was not very difficult. I had never been on a trail like that- sand made up the trail, but the area was wooded like any trail I've been on in the Midwest. At the bottom of Mt. Holden (I think) is a private-ish lakeshore of Lake Michigan. This view is breathtaking- clear waters, a rocky shoreline that smooths out into soft, nearly white sand, and chilled water. Swimming is not permitted in this location because there is no lifeguard, but a short walk from there is the main beach where swimming is permitted. Coming from Southern Illinois, this cool freshwater retreat in 80-degree weather was quite refreshing.The national and state park lines were a little difficult to distinguish, we spent time in both.The visitor centers deeper into the park were awesome! Very informative, interesting samples of native wildlife, clean bathrooms, and complete with hiking challenges with rewards.

Kelsey S — Google review

Gorgeous park! The dunes are definitely the prize of the park, and the views are absolutely breathtaking! There are nice, fairly well maintained trails all over the park that lead to the 3 peaks, as well as the beach, and around the campgrounds. The trail markers are very helpful. I'm a beginner hiker, but I was able to do the #3DuneChallenge in the limited time I had there! I definitely recommend hiking the trails here! The views are definitely worth the toil!

An P — Google review

Indiana Dunes State Park is an absolute gem and a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and beach lovers alike. I had the pleasure of spending time there, and I can't praise it enough.1. **Natural Beauty:** The beauty of Indiana Dunes State Park is awe-inspiring. The towering sand dunes, lush forests, and the pristine Lake Michigan shoreline create a stunning backdrop for outdoor adventures. The landscapes are nothing short of breathtaking.2. **Hiking Trails:** The park boasts an extensive network of well-maintained hiking trails that cater to various skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a beginner, you can find a trail that suits you. The views from the dunes and along the trails are simply spectacular.3. **Beach Paradise:** The park's beach is a true paradise. The soft sand and crystal-clear waters of Lake Michigan provide a perfect setting for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and building sandcastles. It's a fantastic spot to relax and soak up the sun.4. **Diverse Wildlife:** Indiana Dunes State Park is home to a diverse range of wildlife. Birdwatchers will be delighted by the opportunity to spot various species, and the park's unique ecosystems offer a chance to see rare plants and animals.5. **Educational Opportunities:** The park also offers educational programs and interpretive centers that help visitors learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. It's a great place for families to explore and learn together.6. **Well-Maintained Facilities:** The park is well-maintained, with clean restrooms, picnic areas, and convenient parking facilities. It's evident that the staff takes pride in preserving the park's natural beauty.7. **Year-Round Destination:** Indiana Dunes State Park is not just a summer destination. It's equally enchanting in the fall with vibrant foliage and offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opportunities during the winter months.In conclusion, Indiana Dunes State Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and educational experiences. Whether you're seeking adventure or tranquility, this park has it all. It's a place where you can connect with nature, create lasting memories, and appreciate the wonders of the great outdoors. Don't miss the chance to visit this remarkable destination.

John T — Google review

Nice sandy place with Michigan lake beach. When we visited this place now in month of may it was still cold. So don’t forget to carry warm cloths. It was fun walking on sand and taking the hike routes. Nice place to enjoy with friends. I could not find a spot to grill or sit to eat near beach. There is restaurant to sit but away from water. There are separate dedicated space for camping. Overall nice place and would visit again to just enjoy the beach and its water. There are pebbles in sand and it’s interesting to see the patterns on them.

Kavita T — Google review

The Dunes, as we affectionately call them, really proved themselves today. If you haven’t visited in the winter, you must. Lake Michigan and the sand dunes are majestic in the wintertime. The bonus of no gate admission was a welcome treat. Although the building near the beach is under construction, the public restroom was available. The new landscaping and building improvements are incredible. It’s hard to believe that it’s the same place!

Beccy K — Google review

This may be my favorite state park ever...and I've been to a LOT of state parks. It is clean, beautiful, well-maintained and set up very nicely. The beach and dunes are stunning, the plants and scenery are breathtaking and the staff is very friendly and helpful. One comment...I am disabled, and the restrooms and showers here are the most handicap- friendly I've ever used. The campsites are level and far enough apart to be comfortable. They only have electric hookups, but there are water-fill stations and dump stations as well. Very pet-friendly also! We stayed here in a Class C motorhome and will definitely come back again! So many things to see and do!

Michele P — Google review

Went to this World Highest Sand Dunes this long weekend. Loved the trails. Indiana Dunes is a delightful destination that beautifully combines natural splendor and recreational opportunities. Located on the southern shores of Lake Michigan, this national park offers a diverse landscape with sandy beaches, towering sand dunes, forests, and wetlands. The beaches are pristine and perfect for relaxation, while the sand dunes provide stunning panoramic views. Hiking trails and biking routes allow for exploration, and the park's commitment to preservation is evident. Whether you're looking for a peaceful escape or outdoor adventures, Indiana Dunes delivers a memorable experience.

Lakshman G — Google review

The lake area is beautiful and the beach was amazing. The rating is based on the access to the beach was congested, no one was directing traffic and once we were at the gate, there was no discount for elders, disabled or Native Americans. Also the public restroom was not maintained or kept stocked with toilet paper. Also the water had tested positive for ecoli.

Kim — Google review

We were completely surprised how nice this park is and ended up loving it! The beach is nice sand and well maintained. The hiking trails are well designated and marked. The nature center was full of interesting information regarding the local ecosystem.Parking at the beach can fill up quick on the weekends, best to go early.Camping books up quick, but you can keep checking online for cancellations.We can't wait to come back!

Natalie B — Google review

My favorite place so close to home. 3rd largest body of fresh water in the world. Simply amazing views and crowded during peak weekends, so go on a Wednesday and enjoy sunrise, shaded trails and golden sunsets over Lake Michigan shoreline.

Matt M — Google review

Well worth the $12 admission fee, this state park had it all! We started on the beach, traversed through a forest, and ended in a gorgeous marsh. Would have been even better if the restaurant was open. Also note that there is only one bathroom open in the winter so plan accordingly.

Amanda K — Google review

We enjoyed the bog, the dunes and walking through the woods. Nice spring wildflowers. It's weird that towns are in the middle of it. Trailhead parking lots can get crowded

Wendy B — Google review

My husband and I stayed in a 26ft Class C RV at the campground. The site itself was nice. The lot was paved and level. The site contained a fire ring and park bench. The campground amenities were nothing special. The bathrooms were in rough shape. The maps provided were pretty unhelpful, especially for hiking trails. The campground, as well as the state park, is seriously lacking in directional signs. We tried to take loop 4 to 8 and had to turn around numerous times. There was little to no signage and the trails listed on the provided maps, as well as apps like All Trails, were not accurate or up-to-date. We’re not sure if perhaps the trail availability changes with preservation/maintenance schedules? Regardless, the dunes themselves are awesome. The sand is beautiful and the views are incredible. It was also super remote/not very populated in October when we visited.

Lauren B — Google review

Always enjoy our visits to the Dunes. Love to check in at the nature center. Marie is such a weather of information and always has a smiling face!

Marsha E — Google review

Another great hike in the Dunes, I come often. This day (2/26/24), I got a wonderful veiw of the migrating sandhill cranes flying over head from the top of the Beach House Blowout.

Jennifer H — Google review

Sand and water, what more do you need? Oh yeah, bathrooms!! We stopped to stretch our legs and play for a minute on our road trip, I would definitely go back. It looked like a great place to camp.

Kriya G — Google review

our visit was exquisite and the most fun we could have in the sun!! we highly recommend this place for everyone!! kids of all ages! adults of all stages!! get ready for adventure and the LOVE is contagious!! we promise to be back!! next time we will prepare!! we left with music blasting grinning and smiling from ear to ear!!! a soon return is near!!

Steven M — Google review

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Albanese Candy Factory Outlet

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A fantastic experience. It's always clean, organized and well staffed. This is a great place to get something for a holiday or small gift as much as just a sweet treat. Great place to bring kids. As someone with a child with a food allergy, it was great to find the staff well informed about what ingredients were in which products. They always have tons of "oops" gummies that are heavily discounted as well. A local gem!

Jeffrey S — Google review

This is such a fun place! If you have a sweet tooth,this place will hook you up!! Tons of candy to choose from: gummies, chocolates, and all thosewonderful candies that take you back to your childhood! They also have a nice selection of gift arrangements! We visited at Christmas time and the place was beautifully decorated!!beautifully decorated!

Heather H — Google review

First time here. Really enjoyed it. The set up of the store is nice with a lot of displays and a large variety of candles, nuts, and other fun items. Plenty of parking and service was friendly and helpful. Would recommend. 👍🏽

Rachel I — Google review

Such a fun place to be a kid again. All kinds of candy from when I remember when I was a little girl. Chocolate covered gummy bears and every kind of chocolate covered berry and nut. Peanut butter cups are amazing!!

Tiffany A — Google review

It was a sad day. The candy was great and there was a lot of it however years ago you used to be able to come here and do a self tour to see how the candy was made. It was great for the kids. They should bring that back. Now it's more of a tourist destination just packed with a bunch of candy and moving people as fast as possible. Good business for them. But they lost a little bit of what made it special.

Frank S — Google review

It is so hard to control yourself here. There is so much to choose from. Everything looks so good. Everyone was so helpful and kind. Thankfully I didn't lose control. Be sure to check out the oopsies. They are 10 bucks for a 5 pound bag.

Jancola M — Google review

Welcome to Candy Land! You will be a kid in a candy store - making this a do not miss! Packaged candy and chocolates greet you upon entrance, and then you see THE MASSIVE CANDY COUNTER! Windows are cut out behind the candy counter, so you can actually see the candy factory at work. Lines move relatively fast at checkout - peruse the discontinued/discounted bins as you make your way through the checkout for some real candy/chocolate gems. Fun place to visit for any and all ages!

Gretchen S — Google review

What a charming factory store. Great selections of candy confections. The gummy bears are a classic. The chocolate selections are fantastic. Worth a detour to visit.

Anna M — Google review

Mom of 5 review: my kids loved stopping here. It was very fun. There were big bags of goof-up gummies for $10 and lots of regular varieties, too.Clean store with big bathroomsGummy candy is 3.99 per poundThey give lots of free samples.

Liz L — Google review

Absolutely love this place, the best chocolate pecan caramel patties you could find!! Huge selection of delicious treats!! Definitely check them out if you're in that area!!

Joe G — Google review

Wow! This place is absolutely amazing, the store is beautiful for the holidays. The candy selection is one of the biggest I have ever seen. The customer service was just awesome. I will definitely return when back in town.

Dale B — Google review

This was a very cute shop, and it was fun to be able to see the factory behind it through the windows inside! It didn't seem like there were a ton of outlet prices, but there were a few and the ones that were there were good!! A very fun stop! (Also, the seasonal decorations are phenomenal - major props to the decorating team!)

Tara — Google review

You've got to check out this amazing candy store that has a large variety of delicious treats! While the price of each item is already reasonable, make sure to take a peek at their "goof-up" section for some sweet deals. It's a great way to find some unexpected gems at even lower prices. Trust me, this is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth and stock up on some treats to share with your loved ones.

Richard R — Google review

Such a neat store to stop in on! So many different options of candy and chocolates. They even have pick your own and add it into a bag, which charges by the pound. The place was very clean inside as well! Definitely stop by!

Bean ! — Google review

Love this place. I buy these candies all the time back home. It was so fun to see where they were made! Would very much recommend you stopping in to feel like a kid in a candy store!

Eric H — Google review

Really fun candy store! More than just their own product but also lots of their own. Very fresh. Smells amazing. Very clean and open

Autumn D — Google review

Amazing selection of high quality candy. Staff is friendly and helpful while being quick to serve people. The store is bright and clean. The location is pretty easy to get to but getting back out of the parking lot on busy days can be difficult.

Stephen W — Google review

This is a little slice of candy and chocolate paradise. It is totally worth the detour if your are traveling between Chicago, Indianapolis, and/or Detroit. There was ample parking and every single thing there tastes great, although I am partial to the chocolate-covered nuts. In particular, the pecans covered with dark chocolate infused with Grand Marnier liqueur are just mind blowing. My companions, on the other hand, swear that the gummy bears are simply the best. Prices are very, very reasonable considering the quality. The only warning is to try to go slow once you have about one pound of chocolate with you...

Alex L — Google review

If you have a sweet tooth this is the place to go. They got it all. The staff is very friendly. You can buy your favorites by weight. At pretty good prices. They don't have just the candy they make in house too.

Andy G — Google review

Amazing sales person Marsha serviced us, great experience. Enjoyed the samples and left with a bag full of chocolate delights. Try it, you'll love it.

Rosemary D — Google review

We are a medium sized business we ordered around 10,000 pounds of gummy bears and many of the boxes were defective. After numerous of emails and tons of photo evidence of defective product they told us to get lost. So I’m sharing my experience so you don’t have same issue. They claim you only have 10 days claim defective orders. It’s impossible to filter 10,000 pound of gummy bears in 10 days. Photos attached.

Vincent J — Google review

It is a fun, tasty spot to visit and explore a wide variety of sweets. MARSHA was wonderful. She smiled and appeared to enjoy her job! Sold us on so many chocolates by letting us sample a few. She was 50% of the experience enjoying this visit. Easter candies and baskets are currently 50% off, a great deal!

Brian D — Google review

If you've discovered how awesome Albanese are, then stop in. You can buy individual flavors, a 10 pound bag of gummy worm mistakes for $10, every gummy they make, and lots of other candies. Tons of parking too, but no tours.

Jeff M — Google review

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Horseshoe Hammond Casino

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Horseshoe Hammond is a casino and entertainment venue located by the lakefront since 1996. Managed by Caesars Entertainment, it employs over 2,200 people and boasts a riverboat-style design from 2008. The large gaming floor holds over 300 video poker machines, 700 new slot games, sportsbook betting options and various table games. This full-service casino offers restaurants, bars with delicious drinks like margaritas and great food including tasty pizza.

It was clean my beds were very comfortable! The staff was very friendly and helpful! We had a problem with the toilet 🚽 and when we came back it was fixed and working ! If I go back to Hammond I will definitely stay at this hotel 🏨!

A'lisa H — Google review

I give you one star. Your gift giving is cheap. You don't have enough winners. The food in the steak room isn't good nor the decor. It use to be a fun place but it's not anymore. Time for a change.

Dorothy N — Google review

First visit. Big casino and Nicely laid out is specific gaming areas. Table poker over there, craps over here, etc. It does permit smoking and you'll know at the front entrance. 1 point off for that

Jeff O — Google review

Fun place to get out the house play slots win jack pot. Nice atmosphere all but the smoke not a smoker i like fresh air. Smoke not good for lung cancer. Fresh air good if they had smoker room for the crack heads.

Charlene J — Google review

Although I don't gamble, I enjoy attending various shows. The sound system is amazing, and seats are comfortable with good views of the stage. I also like the wonderful restaurants from the Cafe, steakhouse and delicious deserts. Staff are always welcoming, attentive, and very pleasant to interact with.

Joelle ( — Google review

I loved it there yesterday,it was fun. The machines are my money 💰 thou,😁😁😁😝. I had a glass of margarita and left. But I would recommend a smoke free partition cus everyone don't smoke but want to partake in other casino activities.

Wade S — Google review

Other than dry cleaning my pockets, I had fun here. Would have been nice if the slot machines weren't incredibly tight like a duck's butt in water lol. Clean well laid out and very organized. Unfortunately the buffet closed awhile back, but there are a few options on the main level. Too much room dedicated to the sports book lounge that could have had slot machines in them. This limited some gaming options.

Todd L — Google review

Since I didn't win any $ on the slots, it was just ok. The staff was helpful and friendly and the parking was well lit and abundant. My bf went thru $290 and I went thru $80 in about an hour.

Heidi B — Google review

Friendly staff, Drinks come pretty quick when you push the button at a machine. Dealers are nice and helpful if you've never played a game before. There is a large verity of machines. They also have a buffet with a really good selection of different kinds of food. I look forward to coming back and playing there again. Just next time let me win some money and not break even.

Jonathon B — Google review

We were here for a concert and security had no idea what they were doing, three separate lines to tell you to go to a different line. Most attendees missed the opening band (Lorna Shore). Drinks are reasonable, but the slots are garbage. Go to the Hard Rock instead if you're in the area

Chris R — Google review

Went to the Jeff Dunham Show and the Theater was AMAZING! Casino was awesome and loved the smoking section. Gaming and smoking a cigarette is a great experience. Lines for the food was a bit rough though seemed like they need a little help with organization. Overall neat and good experience

Christian J — Google review

There really isn’t a reason to play here. Drink prices are much more than other casinos in the metro. Most food options are not open and Caesar’s properties will soon sell this location so your points will not carry over.

Pinball W — Google review

Horseshoe is my favorite casino! I’m not much of a gambler, but once in a while I like to come here. The drinks from the bar are wonderful! My favorite is the margarita from the bar in the back. They also have a good selection of food and their pizza is great!

Martinez — Google review

As much money as I have spent this year at the Horseshoe they ought to let me win a few jackpots, lol. Other than that I love the Horseshoe. The staff is nice. They have new slot machines. They just need different food. It gets very boring eating the same thing over again. I love to eat a good meal on Sundays if I'm at the horseshoe. The buffet needs to reopen and they just need to have the food covered this time. They had the best buffet to me. There was this one particular slot attendant tho who was very rude to a guest. I was standing right there. The slot attendant didn't have a smile on her face or anything and that made me uncomfortable and she wasn't even there to help me. She was there to help the other guest.

Nichole K — Google review

Terrible Stinky cigarettes smoke,Smells 🚬, Terrible staff Attitude if you ask a question or need help with something and not just one ALL And the staff in the cashier cage lol they think there God... Buffet still closed Covid is over.. No Attraction Machines are TIGHT All the time, Plenty of other Is Casinos to go to and spend my money at. C ya Horseshoe....

Lawrence R — Google review

I'm a seven star member and the horse doesn't make you feel like one. It is impossible to get ahold of the reward desk. Every time I call , no one picks up or they hang up on me. At this point I weather send my money at the HardRock casino. There's a pretty good chance I will not return back to horseshoe.

Tilman J — Google review

My recent visit to Horseshoe Hammond Casino was focused on the venue's entertainment aspect, rather than its gaming offerings. The performance venue struck a unique balance between size and intimacy, capable of hosting well-known performers while maintaining an intimate atmosphere that amplified the live show experience.One point to note for future visitors is the venue's valet parking policy. We were surprised to find a $50 CASH ONLY valet fee. Thankfully, we noticed this ahead of time. It's a detail that those planning a trip here might want to keep in mind, particularly if they're attending a popular event.Inside, the venue featured two bars in the lobby, providing easy access to refreshments before the show or during intermissions. Although a couple of bars inside the concert hall were closed during my visit, the availability of beverages was not an issue. The seats were comfortable, equipped with cupholders for convenience—an appreciated detail that added to the overall enjoyment of the show.I didn't need to use the restrooms during my visit, so I can't comment on their availability or cleanliness. However, given the overall well-maintained state of the venue, I would assume these facilities follow suit.In conclusion, the Horseshoe Hammond Casino is more than just a gaming experience. Its entertainment venue, with its substantial size yet intimate feel, is a noteworthy destination for live performances. Whether you're a fan of big-name artists or local talents, this venue, with its comfortable setting and distinct attention to detail, provides an enjoyable setting for an evening of entertainment. Just remember your cash if you plan to use the valet service!

James B — Google review

Took in a live show at the casino. The box seats were great and the staff was very well organized. Overall it felt like a great place to see a live performance, especially if you can get seats on the upper level.

Lawrence K — Google review

This isn't like the location I've visited in Maryland. The customer service was excellent. However, It's dark and not welcoming. The machines are old, and I'm praying my bank debit card is okay because their ATM machines were malfunctioning, multiple ones. I was so excited to visit this casino based on my visit to the other. It was quite disappointing. My party left and we went to Hard Rock Casino. We didn't win big, but it's brighter, it has newer machines, and the energy is far more exciting.

Da F — Google review

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Lovely views

T W — Google review

We hadn’t been here in years, but were excited to return as this place was a previous highlight on our way home from Chicago. We were eager to return for some fun. Sadly, it has fallen on hard times. Most of the dining was closed, most of the patrons looked depressed, and the odds on the slots were really not favorable. The one positive is that the workers were very friendly and helpful, but it was sad to see that it’s best days are behind it. While the house always wins, I’d wager that this place is heading for the glue factory.

Daniel D — Google review

We go here often since majestic closed. Used to love going here just for the buffet but that’s closed. Honestly the food is below average and horrible quality for the price. Tried the pizza it was cold. Tried the hot dogs they were cold. So play and eat before you get here it’s a waste of money

Kendra R — Google review

The casino was average, I enjoyed myself especially the self serve beverage stations.I did see a lot of people having trouble with and complaining about the ATM and change machines not working, that's why I bring my own change. I'm sure people have other complaints if inconvience cleanlines and not getting comp's but I've been to much worse places.

Bee B — Google review

I don't go often, but I do like going on a Saturday between 2pm-4pm. It's not as busy, an older crowd (my people). I went in with a winning ticket that I didn't cash from 12/30/23. I inserted it into the slots. The machine rejected it, but it got stuck when coming out. I had to call for service. The young lady retrieved it, looked at it, and told me to cash it in at the cage. Took it to the cage, Brandi (short blond hair) looked at it and told me, "This is no good, you only have 90 days to use." I told her to look at the 12/30 date at the bottom and that it was still good. She got quiet, keyed in some information, and replied, "barely." She then gave me my money. I thought to myself, don't let the grey hair fool you, I work with dates and numbers all day every day. I pay attention to that. I thought to myself, is this her scam? Does she tell Seniors their tickets are no good and keep them for herself? I didn't get a good vibe from her. Well, that's just me.

K E — Google review

This has always been my favorite place to just go by myself and have some me time. This place has gotten to be awful. You push for slot service and it takes forever and their excuse is always we're short staffed. I played on yesterday, I won't say how much(but oh boy), I left with nothing. Don't get me wrong I know it's a gambling place(chance you take) but those machines have gotten awful. I played one of the machines where you get all the spins, the most I got was 120 spins. I was on this machine from 12:30 to 6pm. You can't tell me that makes any sense. I don't want to hear you should have moved around. That was my fourth machine. This casino has gotten terrible with their jackpots. Even the crowd isn't the same anymore. People are always complaining about the machines. That's not good. I think my name is somewhere in their site to not let me win. I have never won over $1000 here, and I can count on one hand for that. I think I need to listen to other people and go somewhere else. You're not going to tell me that I'm wrong that these machines are not fixed in the casino favor a lot more than they use to be. 5 1/2 hours and only the highest number of spins were 120 and then it only paid me $56. Do better Horseshoe! You are losing people, and you can't tell me you're not. Awful...Well, you guys responded with the same response that you given everybody. So, sad that's how you feel about your patrons(visitors/customers). Just give everyone a general response. Thanks

Lisa F — Google review

I've been coming here for a few years with friends and family. We always have a great time. Only bring the cash you're willing to lose. The food and drinks are a bit pricey. The atmosphere is great! The people and the staff are friendly. The establishment is nice and clean. Sucks when the machine acts up and you need service it's like a 15 + min wait, but it's understandable they have lots of machines! I love playing roulette! Will continue to come back and recommend it. I definetly recommend checking out Four Winds too it's in Michigan City!

Diana M — Google review

When I got there a large portion of the slot machines were roped off. Not sure why. It's not always like this. And other day I would give it a five.It was my birthday and I could enjoy sitting at my favorite machines

Ghorjus 1 — Google review

We were at this venue for a concert. There were three lines to get in... the first one to check ID moved mind bogglingly slowly. Second was checking tickets, and third was to get into the concert hall. The 45+ minute delay was such a bummer because we ended up missing most of the opening band, one of the main reasons we were there. After the concert, they weren't letting people walk around to use the elevators to access the parking. Fortunately, someone who worked there relented when we explained that my friend had a broken foot. The parking garage was such a mess, too.. it took about an hour in our car to leave the garage. Honestly, it's one of my least favorite venues to date.

Jessica K — Google review

Decadent enough casino. No different that all the others. Sometimes you win. Most times you lose. The cigarette some is terrible. None of the popular games are in the smoke free area. Indiana needs to go smoke free. I don't understand why cashing out at a kiosk they force you to donate your change.Other casinos give you the option. Like they don't rip you off enough now they won't give you your change. Please change that.

M P — Google review

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Navy Pier

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Navy Pier is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago with rides, restaurants, shops, and more. The pier juts into Lake Michigan and has an endless amount of attractions for all ages. It's a great place to spend a day with family.

Went to Chicago for the day to celebrate my birthday! It was a great time. I can't wait to go back there! So much to see and do. We went on the Skyline Lake Tour; this is reasonably priced per person...this was great and relaxing!

Adrienne H — Google review

Ferris wheel was very fun. There were other carnival ride options as well. Great food options too!. Great options for boat tours. We had kids and did a quick 40 min boat tour. Overall, navy pier seems to amaze me everything I go. Been going since I was a kid and was able to share this with my kids for the first time.

Matthew A — Google review

We arrived as storms were rolling in, so our visit was cut short. It was still a nice area full of dining, shopping, and entertainment. We enjoyed watching the boats along Lake Michigan and taking in stunning views of the city. Finding affordable parking was a challenge.

Bonnie R — Google review

Very nice and chill pier to take a walk or chill around. And there's a very warm court with a lot of options of foods. The restroom is also very clean, the other side is for cars parking and drop-off so I would recommend to walk around. Just go straight and come back straight would be a nicer solution.

孫紹庭(Shao-Ting S — Google review

Great place to enjoy and admire the skyline of Chicago. Navy Pier has many attractions, but the main one is the wheel which lets you observe the city from a high altitude and without any crowds. The stores inside are really good. There are plenty of restaurants of different kinds and different stores. Walking outside makes you feel why Chicago is called the Windy City.

Francisco C — Google review

Gorgeous place! We didn't realize how big it is, and how many shops there are!We came for the "Light up the Lake Event". It was awesome! Indoor so no worries about weather. The pier is free, but would definitely buy tickets in advance for the lights.We rode the ferris wheel and it was so much fun! The view is gorgeous!

brittny92 — Google review

We rode some rides and went through the fun house. Tip: one of the mirrors is a door in the mirror maze. It took us forever to get out. Lol We wanted to take a boat cruise but we want to wait for some of the smoke from Canada to go away so we can see the beautiful skyline better. When my girls were small we went to the children's museum and that was really fun. Navy Pier is a must see when visiting Chicago.

Holly K — Google review

Amazing place for amazing fotos, definitely a place that you must visit if you are in Chicago. Do not miss this great chance to take great photos. Also a place full of history. Just take a look to my photos!I saw they also have really nice restaurants and good boat tours.

Abraham B — Google review

I went and visited the Navy Pier. The air was very windy and cold coming of the water. The history behind the pier is very interesting and they have historical markings everywhere to read. They have an indoor “mall” area with shops and eatery’s. At sunset the views looking back at the city skylines are pretty spectacular.

Michael B — Google review

Go before noon and you'll easily find parking inside the pier. There are plenty of restaurants and shops the closer you get to the museum. Not so much as you go further out towards the hotels at the end of the pier. Lots of boat tour companies located on the south side of the pier, and they're organized well. Great place to take your family or hang out with friends.

David H — Google review

Wonderful views of Chicago. I recommend going in the morning or afternoon when it is less crowded. This is a peak place to cut out of work for. You can just sit around and think about the world and how beautiful life is. This is one of the great gems of the city of Chicago. It is a tourist trap but one you don't mind getting trapped in. Look at all the sick pics of my friends.

Jeremiah A — Google review

Beautiful in the day time and even more beautiful at night. We visited on the weekend and it’s a place for everyone to walk, hangout, eat, relax, ride the Ferris wheel and lots to do. It gets packed and busy but fun for sure. I recommend this place.. one of the must visit in Chicago places. Fire work show was awesome as well it was not a disappointment. Was worth staying there till 10pm.

Salim K — Google review

Beautiful pier--day or night. I love how it's connected to inner-city paths and walkways. There's a good variety of restaurants, bars, and shops all along the pier as well as excursions. Great place for a stroll!

Melinda B — Google review

Navy Pier offers fun attractions for both kids and adults, making it a family-friendly destination. The area is clean, walkable, and home to numerous restaurants. While it can get crowded, booking tickets online in advance helps save time and ensures a smoother experience. The ferris wheel ride is a must-do experience, especially during sunset when the scenery becomes even more captivating.

Mandy P — Google review

This was a great time, we started as strangers and ended up as good friends. The ride even though a tourist thing to do was filled with locals. The tour guide we got was speaking very fast, and most of the facts we missed but the scenery and buildings were great. This was a great time. The skyline is something to see .. Enjoy !!!

BLaZe W — Google review

Really cute place to go! Lots to eat nearby and some beautiful places to shop. I'd recommend the app park spot for parking, $20 ramps near by. They're are usually some ships in the harbor too which are beautiful to see and take a tour of. Always something to see!

Glen M — Google review

Fun spot but touristy. You get a good view of the city, especially on the Ferris wheel but it's pricey. There is often live music and always something to do. A good way to spend an afternoon with the family, I think you should go at least once but it's not really how you get to know the city. Definitely gets crowded at peak hours.

Marc A — Google review

Navy Pier is really quiet in winter and beautiful, unlike other busy places in Chicago. You can walk peacefully, enjoy great views of the lake and city, and ride the Ferris wheel in a calm atmosphere. The gardens are perfect for relaxing. It's a great spot to see Chicago's beauty without the rush. Definitely worth a visit for a relaxed day.

Ruben K — Google review

I took two different tours. Michigan Lake and architecture. Enjoyed both.In architecture tour, the lady was very nice and funny.Michigan Lake tour was impressive, every staff very friendly.When I was purchasing the tickets, the guy with glasses working there helped me a lot!✨

Yifan L — Google review

This was my first time to Chicago and I have to say that walking the navy Pier was breathtaking. The view over lake Michigan absolutely gorgeous. Seeing all the familys taking photos with the anchor and just enjoying themselves brought a smile to my face. There were so many shops and restaurants to go to and eat at it was hard to choose which one. They allow you to carry your alcohol while on the pier that was pretty cool. When we went they where having a festival with live music. The attractions where not badly priced either I will definitely be going back.

Devon B — Google review

This place has a lot of various shopping vendors and food restaurants, perfect for families. I was intrigued to meet a Native American vendor who handmade art and jewelry. I bought several items from him and also grabbed some garrets popcorn on my visit. Also stopped by the cartoonist and got a portrait drawn. I had a great time and got to take awesome photos of the beautiful artwork and meet various vendors there who were so kind and welcoming. I will make another trip in the future because Chicago is an amazing city like no other.

Mariah S — Google review

Navy Pier was abuzz on a holiday weekend! The new Flyover Chicago is open, the Ferris Wheel in full on summer line mode and there were hundreds of kids everywhere. Great food court with lots of options to pick from! Well worth a walk to the end of the pier!

Susan H — Google review

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The Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum with over 3000 pieces spanning 5000 years of artistic innovation. The museum is located in Grant Park on the city's front lawn and features one of the largest school of architecture in the world.

Thia museum was enormous and I am pretty sure a week in this place still wouldn't be enough time. I wish I would have had more time to appreciate each piece but what I did see was amazing in every single way. The museum is beautiful, spacious, and clean. They have attendants in every room to help you find your way. I would absolutely recommend a visit here and be prepared to spend the way and wear comfortable footwear. They have 4 levels and multiple buildings and wings. I typically don't use elevators unless its a high rise but I did today. There are multiple entrances and exits as well.

Cassie W — Google review

Forever captivated by the beauty and history encapsulated in the Art Institute. Not a place to visit too often as the gallery is largely full of permanent installations, but there is always some sort of special exhibition/gallery taking place when they are open. Entire building is extremely clean with staff and maps scattered around in order to make your experience more enjoyable. Many famous works that one recognizes from pop culture or past studies are able to be seen here. One of the top art museums in the world and an undeniable staple in Chicago’s history. Do not miss out on viewing everything it has to offer.

Dylan I — Google review

What else is left to say about this incredible museum, which houses so much of the world's amazing art and history? Even people who aren't art buffs will find something to appreciate here (or at leastsomething familiar!). My only gripe about my visit was the extremely long line for the coat check. The staff were working hard to move it along, but we still incurred about a thirty minute wait at drop-off and then again at pick-up during our March visit. Try to avoid checking anything if you can, so you can get in and enjoy the museum.

Alyssa, W — Google review

Amazing art museum that is 100% well worth the visit. It holds everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies to modern American paintings like American Gothic and Nighthawks. You can easily spend more than 3 hours here. I would highly recommend visiting.

RV — Google review

Very good museum, almost good at everything! It's just one little thing I'd like to say is that it's too big and the instructions are not very significant ( I understand it's for the better look but I got lost and missed some beautiful moments for 3 times....). I hope they have a better touring guidance or audio guide so that I have some clues of sequels in each exhibition area.Otherwise wow!!! It's like I've never seen so many beautiful stuff performed at once place in a good way, especially the Japanese area, they tried very hard to make the ambience feeling like the Japanese vibe, super impressive. I would say the way of exhibition is better than the Met in New York City.

孫紹庭(Shao-Ting S — Google review

Amazing museum with a large collection of works from important artists. The layout is well thought out and flows from one area to the next. Though large, not overwhelming in size. If you can plan a day there you will be pleased in what you cover.

V — Google review

It was very cool to visit The Art Institute Of Chicago. I had a great time visiting the different exhibits. It was very crowded when I went. But the overall experience was very warming. I saw some great art and the people were really nice.

George B — Google review

Well worth the price. It was fun to run into several famous paintings I didn’t know were there. Staff was universally kind, friendly, and helpful. Highly recommend. They have a list on the back of the guide listing “don’t miss” works is you’ve only got an hour, but you’ll want to spend far more.

Karl ( — Google review

It is so famous that I had expected the exhibit to be as informative and comprehensive as the British Museum or the Metropolitan. That might be too challenging. The display in each section is lack of clear plot/storyline, by which I mean the items are like various bread slices in a basket, correlated but not unable to compose a full piece. I understand this is an art museum, so the explanation notes mainly focus on art perspective. Still, for visitors who might come from different backgrounds, the museum could have done a better job of interpretation.

Cidane C — Google review

This is a stunning collection of artwork from so many famous painters and sculptors. The price is a bit high ($32/adult), but children 13 and under are free. The building felt like a maze at times and there were alarms constantly going off as people stood too close to artwork. Despite those minor inconveniences, this remains one of my favorite art museums!

Bonnie R — Google review

My first time attending as an adult, I had a much bigger appreciation for the arts now versus as a kid. It was absolutely breathtaking, and we didn't get to see everything!! We were there for 3 hours and were amazed at all the pieces located here. I would wholeheartedly come back and make it an entire day. I felt like a tourist in my own city.

Laura S — Google review

First time visit to this incredible museum. Very busy for a Friday afternoon. Spent 2.5 hours here and only saw a small part of the collection. Utilized the cellphone app to get around the museum and view the essentials. Recommend booking tickets online. Will definitely be back.

Howard R — Google review

An absolutely amazing art museum and a must see of Chicago. I visited on a Monday morning which had significantly less crowds than the weekends. Entry was quick and easy and I saved on tickets by using the Citipass. Keep in mind tickets for non residents are more expensive. The entry way is beautiful and it's very easy to navigate around the museum due to the signage and provided maps. I especially like that there is a list of must sees on the back of the map for those who only have a short amount of time to visit like I did. My favorite areas were probably the Impressionists and Ancient Egyptian pieces. The layout is easy to navigate and separated in distinct periods that makes sense, nothing detracts from the pieces themselves, and it's overall an amazing experience. I can't wait to revisit with plenty of time to thoroughly explore all the exhibits.As for accessibility: there were plenty of wide open spaces and wide open doors for wheelchairs/walkers/etc. to navigate through. There are handicap accessible ramps into the buildings as well as elevators to reach the different floors. There's wheelchair rentals near the coat check as well. https://www.artic.edu/visit/accessibility

Danielle J — Google review

Beautiful museum with an expansive collection of paintings and sculptures. You can easily spend hours here roaming the beautiful hallways and staircases. It’s free on certain days for Chicago residents so it made the experience even better. I’d recommend to check this place out when you come to Chicago.

Steven M — Google review

Incredible experience! If you can, plan to spend hours exploring this beautiful place. The nice experience starts right as you arrive and check in your coat. They are very organized and efficient. Their food ordering process is very efficient, too. The grilled cheese with goat cheese, fig, and arugula is by far the best grilled cheese I have ever tasted. Their exhibits are very diverse and well presented, and there is something for every art preference.

meralis — Google review

Absolutely worth a visit! We spent approximately four hours roaming around, and taking in multiple exhibits. The art on display is both stunning and educational at the same time. A great idea for a day when you don't have much planned, and can take the time to properly take in all the Institute offers.

Jenna C — Google review

Came here with free admission courtesy of Bank of America’s free museum visits every first weekends of the month. I joined one of the scheduled art tour but end up leaving the tour early due and opt to enjoy the art pieces myself. Even as someone who barely understands art, I could enjoy this place and even claim I got a bit inspired by some of the pieces here. A worthy visit!

Rebecca C — Google review

Beautiful building filled with beautiful paintings. I especially enjoyed the Monet collection. I thought I would be taken by the lilies, but wheat piles just took me to another dimension, and i was sober, alright ;). I also liked Van Gogh and other impressionists. The collection of eastern ceramics and wall paintings was also impressive. We stopped by only for few hours, so we didn't see everything, but i definitely plan to come back ;).

Katar?na K — Google review

This place is immense and worth every penny of the admission fee. See some highlights like American Gothic or that famous Seurat painting at the park you recognize from studying pointillism back in school. But don’t miss some hidden gems: creepy Goya etchings from 1800s Spain, the picture of Dorian Gray from the 1945 film, and a fascinating collection of miniature rooms that look ready for Stuart Little to move in. They also have a very wide range of Picasso styles collected under one roof and the impressionism section truly is a must-see!

Stephen D — Google review

Fantastic collection of art, something for everyone here. Wonderful place to spend a few hours browsing and enjoying the art. Photos encouraged. Free storage of larger bags. Don’t miss the impressionists collection. Stunning.

Neil S — Google review

The Art Institute of Chicago is situated right in the heart of the city, next to Millennium Park. Its central location makes it convenient to access, but be prepared for weekend crowds and potential parking challenges.Inside, the museum offers a diverse array of exhibits from around the world, including renowned works like Van Gogh’s masterpieces. A treasure for art enthusiasts.For those who may not be expert level art lovers, the visit can be short(30-40min) However, it’s still a worthwhile experience

Reg C — Google review

This is one of the best museums around. I like the impressionist exhibits. Show Case Monet Renoir Manet Vincent Van Gogh also. The exhibits and paintings are so wonderful to view. Very nice experience. A must visitnif you are in Chicago. We also visited the Picasso special exhibition too.

Matthew N — Google review

My visit to the Chicago Art Institute was an unforgettable journey through art and history. The museum's layout is brilliantly designed, making it easy to navigate through the diverse exhibits without feeling overwhelmed or restricted. Each section flows seamlessly into the next, offering a sense of freedom and exploration, yet with a thoughtful arrangement that guides you naturally through the art.The curation of the exhibits is exceptional. Each piece is placed with intention, creating a narrative that invites deep reflection and appreciation. The range of artwork, from classical to contemporary, is presented in a way that tells a story, capturing the essence of different eras and styles.In addition to the exhibits, the Art Institute offers a coat check service and includes a delightful cafe on the upper level, where visitors can enjoy coffee and some light snacks while taking a break from the art.I wholeheartedly recommend the Chicago Art Institute to anyone visiting the city. It's not just a museum; it's a journey through art that is both enlightening and inspiring. The thoughtful layout and curated exhibits make it accessible for all, from art aficionados to first-time visitors.

Jonathan V — Google review

If you are a fan of art you would really enjoy this place! I absolutely loved visiting the museum. I would definitely recommend it. Also, I would recommend wearing a light jacket nothing too big or warm because the inside of the museum is really warm and when you are walking around it can start to feel hot. Wear comfy shoes because you will be walking a lot and going up/down the stairs.

WW P — Google review

We visited The Art Institute of Chicago last weekend and had a great experience. We bought tickets online on Tiqets for the first time, and it turned out to be reliable and much cheaper than the museum's website.The atmosphere was nice and not as crowded as other museums like the Louvre. The layout and relaxed placement of the art made it easier to get closer to the pieces. Unlike the Louvre, which has barriers, this museum only had black ribbons on the ground, allowing for a more intimate viewing experience.The exhibition rooms are clearly marked, though the maps were a bit confusing. Thankfully, there were many helpful staff members in uniform ready to assist and even suggest must-see artworks.We saw all the major pieces we wanted to in about 4-5 hours, but I recommend spending more time to fully enjoy everything. Overall, a fantastic visit and worth the trip!

Arash J — Google review

Great find.. I'm a Monet guy and found several pieces I have never seen before. The impressionist collection was great overall, with many works from the most famous artists.. quite an amazing collection. Well situated in the downtown, the only amusing things were the staff who couldn't point us to Edward Hopper's the Nighthawks.. I guess they mainly stand round trying to prevent eco terrorists from souping irreplaceable works of art 😄.

Richard H — Google review

We had the fortune of being able to visit the institute an hour before the official opening time with some friends who were members. So when we went there, the building was almost empty (which felt like a real privilege).This place has an amazing collection of diverse art. If you're just somewhat into art, I wholeheartedly recommend visiting this place and taking your time while you're there.

Hama O — Google review

So grateful for their free days. I was able to take our senior residents (at a non profit memory care home) to visit twice! Both times staff was super helpful with holding doors, helping us find certain locations, and free wheelchairs at coat check. The crowds were not as great, but staff also came to the rescue when we were trying to go up a ramp and a hoard of students decided that was their route instead of just using the steps. Thank you Art Institute of Chicago employees!!

Ana L — Google review

One of the best art museums in the world. Their collection of 20th century art rivals the best museums in New York, London, and Berlin. I’ve spent at least 20 hours there over 4-6 visits and feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Their Byzantine collection, their Impressionism collection, their collection of Asian Buddhist/Hindu art…. It’s all just so rich and informatively curated. The architecture is also gorgeous. Make sure to take the walk from the Third floor balcony over the streets and into the park across the way.

Damien B — Google review

What a great museum, I truly enjoyed my visit! I’m a big fan of Vincent Van Gogh art and I wanted to come here and it finally came true. This is a big museum, so definitely you need time to spend and enjoy it, for me it was only 2 hours and I did a little less than half of the museum, but I definitely started with post-Impressionism art, where Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings were and also Monet’s. I had a great experience and I hope to come back in the future to visit the other exhibitions, I couldn’t see. I bought my tickets in advance through their website, I highly recommend this because it gets packed and you don’t have to make a line to purchase the tickets.

Alejandra H — Google review

Absolutely incredible place, with so much variety and a great balance of styles within different eras. Very helpful staff. Excellent organization. I guess there's a reason this one is so well known!It's somewhat an afterthought in the documentation, but absolutely save time for the miniature period rooms in the basem*nt. Incredible exhibit!

Mike — Google review

The Art Institute of Chicago is a cultural gem. The extensive collection spans diverse eras and cultures, offering a rich artistic experience. Navigating the museum is seamless, thanks to clear signage and well-organized exhibits. The staff is knowledgeable and approachable, adding to the overall welcoming atmosphere. The museum's architecture is impressive, complementing the masterpieces within. While admission can be a bit steep, the cultural enrichment gained from a visit makes it a worthwhile investment for art enthusiasts.

Aurelijus K — Google review

I had the best time here., there is so much to see. I got a map and explored . There are a lot of steps and sometimes I did use the elevator. I was glad I had checked my heavy backpack and coat (no extra cost) so it was easier to walk around.I took so many pictures and could have taken more. I should have stopped and had a break at the modern cafe for a co*ke and a cookie.

Chris R — Google review

For this particular occasion we went for the Pablo Picasso exhibit. We paid $5 as Illinois residents and it is worth mentioning that the museum is free during weekdays.The building itself is admirable, very well taken care of inside and outside. All of the exhibits are being looked after as there are hundreds of art pieces on a daily basis.Whether you’re are someone who is into sculpting, painting, architecture, mosaics, or any other form of art, the Art Institute of Chicago has something to offer.Definitely looking forward for more exhibitions.

Burrito — Google review

Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago was wonderful! Despite a slightly challenging layout, the museum's beauty shone through. It wasn't too crowded, and ticket prices were fair. I was impressed by the diverse range of exhibits, including works by Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Andy Warhol, and a ton of other well-known artists. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Michelle M — Google review

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Millennium Park is an awe-inspiring public space in Chicago that features an impressive collection of world-class architecture and sculptures. The park is home to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, one of the world's largest outdoor sculptures by British artist Anish Kapoor and Cloud Gate, one of the world's largest pieces of public sculpture.

Such an amazing place to visit and a must in your in the Chicago area. Great place to capture amazing photos of the famous Bean and downtown area. I really enjoyed hitting the ice skating ring for a few laps. I highly recommend coming here to visit a iconic piece of Chicago.

Albert S — Google review

I loved the different areas of Millennium Park. Cloud Gate was so interesting. My favorite part was inside, looking up at the middle. Downtown Chicago has so many amazing outdoor spaces. The architecture is beautiful and I love how art is sprinkled throughout the city. If you want to get pictures with less people there, you'd probably have to go very early in the morning. I was here in the middle of May, in the middle of the day, during the week and it was busy as if it were the weekend.

Adrienne S — Google review

It's a cool park to walk through to see some cool pieces of art/sculpture. They have security art the entrance, making sure you are not bringing anything illegal in. We really wanted to see "the bean" (Cloud Gate), but it was fenced off for some maintenance. There were still tons of people trying to take pictures.

Charlie T — Google review

Very beautiful and chill park in general. Unfortunately the surrounding of cloud gate is under construction so I couldn't reach close. The performing space is crazy! Very strange and stunning metallic building with many many speakers hanging in the sky. Super impressive area which combines chilling vibe and sci-fi ish atmosphere around. It's so beautiful when the tress turns in yellow at Fall.

孫紹庭(Shao-Ting S — Google review

Always fun to come hereThis time there were renovations around the bean! Still, other parts of the park were open.People who skate would love coming here in the winter.Summer is also fun hereUse Spot hero for parking! Will SAVE you a lot.. we got $15 instead of ten for a long period parkingI would recommend parking near the elevators to make it easy to get back the car.

HAMID A — Google review

There 5/10 - Cloud gate under construction 🚧 over it didn't stop my shine. I was able to get a picture. The park is well clean and so relaxing.

Jrezzy B — Google review

If you're going to Chicago, then you definitely need to stop by Millennium Park and visit Cloud Gate (The Bean). It's such an amazing place to visit and spend an afternoon walking around the park or simply have nice picnic. Great atmosphere! Highly recommend it.

Jian C — Google review

Millennium Park in downtown Chicago is a world class park with amusem*nt and cultural service facilities for the visitors. At the heart of downtown Chicago, the Millennium Park is a jewel of Emerald. Surrounded by tall skyscrapers and Victorian palaces, the park is a very good piece of Nature in a busy metropolis. The park had some famous landmarks like the Cloud Gate (popularly known as "The Bean"), the Crown Fountain, the Millennium Monument etc.There are food stalls serving a variety of cuisines. Restroom facility is also there.Parking spaces for cars are available nearby.Art Institute of Chicago is nearby.The crowd becomes heavy on weekends and during holidays.

Asis C — Google review

Millennium Park is the BEST park of Chicago and is a MUST visit place, when visiting Chicago. We visited this park back in 2019 when we visited Chicago and spent a whole day exploring this park. You would love the views of Historic downtown Chicago from this park. The cloud gate (a large steel shaped bean looking architecture) is also located on this park.

Sayantan P — Google review

I love this park!!! It’s beautiful and peaceful. Millennium Park in Chicago is a true urban oasis that seamlessly blends art, architecture, and nature to create a captivating and vibrant public space.One of the park's most iconic features is the Cloud Gate sculpture, affectionately known as "The Bean." This massive, reflective masterpiece never fails to awe and delight visitors. It's not just a sculpture; it's a mirrored portal to the city, reflecting the skyline and the people who gather around it.

Alex L — Google review

Millennium Park, an iconic location where The Bean is held aka Cloud Gate. A monument known for its shape, a park known for its beautiful area. I visited during Christmas and the lights and Christmas trees were all individually beautiful!Sadly this year they are having maintenance in till 2024 spring so keep that in mind if you're planning to visit! This is a must come though for this icon of Chicago!

FejiVA — Google review

In the center of Chicago, Millennium Park is a true treasure that provides a pleasant diversion from the busy daily life. I had the most amazing experience at Millennium Park and would highly recommend it with a 5-star rating.Instragram:food_and_travel0

Food T — Google review

A great place for a walk around.Also a great place to grab a coffee and people watch.Plenty of great views of Chicago sky line.We visited in mid April 24 and unfortunately the beam and the water fountain were both having renovations done, so neither were in use or available for photos.The park is kept clean, with plenty of dogs :)

Izzy K — Google review

Was bummed the bean area is under construction so you can't have close contact, but otherwise, the garden near the Art Institute was beautiful with great photo opp Aesthetics. We loved the monuments amazing street music and all of the street vendors selling food. My girls enjoyed and we'll be back.

Predictable F — Google review

Beautiful place!!! You can spent so much time taking pictures around the bean but we also enjoyed the ice skaters. It was not too cold so we could spend quite a while around. Lots of nice places close too.

Sandy T — Google review

This park is a beautiful spot in downtown Chicago, where you can enjoy the greenery and the skyline view. Although there is a security check before entering, it is worth the wait. This is a great place to hang out with friends or family. If you are looking for a scenic spot to enjoy the city, you can see the beautiful Chicago skyline from this place.

Pravil P — Google review

The Bean was in our sights as a "must see" on this trip to Chicago. It did not disappoint. We discovered how beautiful the Millennium and outskirts of the city was as we walked for hours in shear awe. While it was raining, the umbrella kept us semi dry. The smiles, laughter and happiness of people finally being able to be out and together again, is exactly what COVID took away. It feels good. We will return.

Cindy M — Google review

A must visit park while in the Chicago area. It’s a close walking distance from the iconic River walk and it’s right on the Michigan Avenue, just south of the river.It’s a quiet park, considering the hustle and bustle of the downtown. The park is very well maintained and has a few entrances, controlled by security throughout. You can easily spend 2-4 hours in the park, depending on what you want to do here. There are also regular events held here at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, one of the premier outdoor Amphitheaters, so that will have to factor in. It’s free entrance to the park itself.You will see ‘The Bean’ work of public art here. The sculpture, which is officially titled Cloud Gate, is one of the world’s largest permanent outdoor art installations, currently undergoing some construction work. Lake Michigan is just a few minutes away from this park and so is the Chicago River. If you took the hop on hop off bus tour, there is a stop at this park as well.

Localizer — Google review

First visit to Chicago. It was a beautiful fall day and the weather was amazing. The natural foliage and the landscaping were breathtaking. It was so much to see and appreciate. Walking into this park centered within the city is perfection. A must see!

Mona G — Google review

Lovely green Park with lots of community gathering places. The bean plaza is under renovation through March 2024. So can only see through the fence. There is a fantastic outdoor concert space. At the time of year we visited (November) the kinetic water feature between 2 large and changing digital faces had been switched off for the season. It must be great in the summer for kids to cool off and have fun.

Carrie W — Google review

Millennium Park is in a very accessible part of Chicago. I parked at the underground garage for only $13 for essentially the whole day, courtesy of SpotHero. The park has incredible views of the Chicago skyline. The surrounding area is super walkable to places like Navy Pier and museums.

William K — Google review

I came here from Washington & the bean was under construction. A local gentleman told me they started in the fall & haven’t done anything with it since. Maybe we just don’t see it 😌. Getting in & out is a hassle, I understand why if there was an event or something however to exit in such long way!

Misha S — Google review

Millennium Park is such a lovely park area in Chicago, IL!! You can access Cloud Gate + The Bean from this park, in addition to other sculptures and art exhibits that are throughout. There are great views of the architecture of Downtown Chicago from this park as well!

Kristen M — Google review

The cloud is under construction (April/May 2024) not sure when it will be open again. But the thing I love is the great lawn, the wave walkway, skatepark, climbing area, mini golf and the water/video art installation. So still worth the visit.

Sam L — Google review

Even though it was closed off it was worth going. The ice-skating was fun. The whole area was very nice and a fun family activity. I will definitely go back! During Christmas time the area looks very pretty with all the lights. The price for the ice-skating is very good! For 1 hour and a half you only got to pay 16 dollars and they even have lockers to secure your stuff.The ice-skating rink provides a delightful experience for both beginners and seasoned skaters. The well-maintained ice surface ensures smooth gliding, and the facility's vibrant atmosphere adds to the overall enjoyment. Skating sessions are reasonably priced, and the rental equipment is in good condition. The staff is friendly and attentive, offering assistance to those less confident on the ice. The rink's convenient location and ample parking make it accessible, creating a perfect outing for families or friends. While the snack bar offers standard fare, it could benefit from a broader menu. In summary, the ice-skating rink offers a fantastic blend of fun and accessibility, making it a go-to destination for a chilly yet enjoyable experience.There is plenty of areas picture worthy and the area seemed pretty safe! Please go and enjoy

Heber F — Google review

Millennium Park is an absolute gem in the heart of Chicago, offering a delightful escape from the bustling city life. My visit to Millennium Park was nothing short of exceptional, and I would wholeheartedly give it a glowing 5-star review.From the moment I stepped foot into the park, I was captivated by its beauty and tranquility. The lush greenery, stunning architecture, and vibrant art installations create a perfect harmony that is truly mesmerizing. The iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, affectionately known as "The Bean," is a must-see attraction that never fails to awe visitors with its reflective surface and unique design.The amenities at Millennium Park are top-notch, with clean restrooms, ample seating areas, and well-maintained walkways. The park is also wheelchair-accessible, making it inclusive for all visitors. The staff members I encountered were friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to assist with any questions or needs.One of the highlights of my visit was catching a live performance at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The acoustics were phenomenal, and the atmosphere was electric, creating a memorable experience that I will cherish for years to come.In conclusion, Millennium Park is a true urban oasis that offers a perfect blend of art, nature, and culture. Whether you're a local resident or a tourist visiting Chicago, a visit to Millennium Park is an absolute must-do. I cannot recommend this park highly enough and believe it deserves every bit of its 5-star rating.

DéShaun R — Google review

I am in love with this park. It’s gigantic, it takes a long walk to go through all of it. It has two ice-skating rings, cool art installations, the famous bean of Chicago, parks for kids, and a stage for concerts. Those are the few things we did see at the park, because we did not have enough time to walk through all of it. I had a blast with my family, I highly recommend visiting this famous park in Chicago, where you can even get a view of the lake.

Erika B — Google review

Millennium Park in Chicago is a vibrant oasis offering a delightful blend of art, nature, and culture. The stunning architecture, lush greenery, and iconic Cloud Gate, affectionately known as "The Bean," make it a must-visit destination. While ongoing construction work may briefly obstruct views of The Bean, the overall experience is still enchanting, with the park's diverse attractions and lively atmosphere ensuring a memorable visit.

Krisztián H — Google review

It's very pretty here. The Bean was closed though for construction. Otherwise, the art and architecture was lovely to see as we walked around. Lots of pigeons. Lots of people trying to take pictures with the Bean. It's a pleasant grassy area amidst the pavemented streets of Chicago. There were plenty of food trucks when we went, too. And pigeons. So many cute pigeons in a variety of colors.

ubalubi — Google review

Exploring Millennium Park during the snowy season was nothing short of magical. The pristine white blanket transformed the park into a winter wonderland. The snow-laden branches framed Cloud Gate in a picturesque scene, offering a unique perspective of "The Bean." The bean is currently closed and under construction. Its visible from distance and outside the barricades.The Jay Pritzker Pavilion stood gracefully, adorned with a dusting of snow, creating a serene ambiance. Walking through the snowy pathways, the gardens and sculptures took on a different charm, making my visit an enchanting experience that showcased the park's versatility in every season. The park also has a big open ice rink.The parking is underground and on paid basis.

K R — Google review

Unfortunately, when we went to visit the Bean, it was under construction, so we weren't able to get up close. Despite not being able to fully see the bean, it was still pretty cool.I know a lot of locals said they don't understand the hype about the bean. It's a shiny bean. Yes, it's a shiny bean, but it's cool! You get to not only see yourself and your family, but you see the whole city in the beans' reflection. That's pretty cool and unique if you ask me.I would recommend checking it out. Another great memory added into the books with my kiddos. ❤️

Amanda L — Google review

This is one of the coolest downtown parks in the US IMHO. Of course a lot of people gravitate to the Bean sculpture; While that's cool it's just a fraction. It's a nice open air park that's simply fun to stroll around with the Chicago downtown as a backdrop. There's something here for everyone. We love the numerous free concerts, fountains, and our kid just loves the playground which is amazing. The park itself is an adventure as there's a lot to see with its constant changing theme and architecture. We find it a great starting point to the many sites Chicago has to offer.

Harold P — Google review

Great for sitting and relaxing, great for people watching. Trees are beautiful during the holidays, and there’s a skating rink.Chicago is a lot of walking. A park to sit and rest with built in entertainment and small cafe vendors was a welcomed find. Plus, the bean. (Currently under construction)

Amanda S — Google review

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Cloud Gate

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Sights & Landmarks

A sculpture of a bean located in Millennium Park in Chicago, Cloud Gate is an easily Instagrammable spot that can be photographed from close up or further back with the skyline of Chicago as the backdrop.

This is Chicago's icon.When you visit Chicago, firstly you should come here to see this art. Each season, this place is crowded because not only tourists but also Chicago's public comes together here. Therefore, be careful against Corona Virus.Once I saw this bean from away, I thought it is just metal. However, when I came closer, I noticed the geometric shape, curve, transparency, and reflectiveness. That affected me deeply. You can take a different type of your photo thanks to its reflectiveness.I wish I have a chance to see this place in summer. Unfortunately, I am too away from there.

Yasin ? — Google review

This is one of the most iconic places to visit while in Chicago! It is amazing how smooth and reflective it is being so enormous! We went on a Monday afternoon in March, but it was still very busy. We were still able to get a few great pictures! Parking is kinda complicated at first, but not too bad. It is all underground, and there are very few signs to tell you where to go (this seems like a very common thread for Chicago). The only signs once you park just say, “Pedestrian Exit”. It is a bit of a walk, so wear good shoes.

Thomas C — Google review

An iconic location for Chicago visit. It’s always packed with tourist. You just have to wait your turn to get your spot. Forewarning, just pick the day without rain and pictures will turn out great. I think selfie stick is a must for this location. The park is clean and well maintained by law enforcement. Parking is challenging for sure. Recommended public transportation.

Wind N — Google review

Cloud Gate, I've been calling it 'The Bean' all week.I would definitely recommend visiting this piece of art when you're in Chicago. My partner and I didn't expect much to be honest. My partner said its just a mirrored bean. But it's actually pretty cool and very large. It's great on a sunny day to see the sun's reflection along with the sky and buildings and makes for some awesome photos.Head to the Bean you won't be disappointed!

Adam M — Google review

A must visit tourist attraction place. Sit and walk around for 15 minutes, take pictures and selfies. The Bean is free to visit, so you don't need to "sprout" any ticket money . Designed by an Indian architect as per Google search. The structure is big, and you can pass under it as well. Shiny!

Amit C — Google review

As of Thanksgiving 2023, it is still closed to the public due to maintenance. I was told that the people from Chicago weren't thrilled with "the bean" when it was first built, but it has become an icon. I love how you can see the reflection of the city on it. You can still get a good photo if you find a good spot. It is free to the public.

Carolin C — Google review

Super cool place to visit and walk around. They have events here. One time they played different frequencies and I was able to lay in the grass and close my eyes! It was the most calming and euphoric moment for me

Anthony P — Google review

The Bean is a pretty neat experience. A giant chrome coffee bean. Some days it is very crowded. The underside of the bean has some very interesting visual reflections. The absolute center has the only flat mirror portion. If you are in Chicago or plan to visit. I suggest checking it out. There is also some old buildings across the street. We liked looking at the buildings as much as the Bean.

Eldric — Google review

An icon of Chicago not to be missed! You've seen it in movies and shows, and it looks just as spectacular and intriguing in person. I recommend being there before 8am to get almost unblocked (by people) views and photos. Every angle is different and unique in its own way, so take your time to take lots of postcard worthy pictures.

Ivan L — Google review

The park itself is a lovely oasis amidst the bustling city, offering a serence escape for locals and tourists alike. Cloud Gate, with its distinctive reflective surface, is a fascinating and iconic structure that draws visitors from around the world.However, it's worth noting that due to its popularity, the park can get quite crowded, especially during peak tourist seasons. This may affect the overall experience, as maneuvering through the crowds can be a challenge. Additionally, visitors should be prepared for a security check before being allowed to enter the area surrounding Cloud Gate.Despite the crowds, the beauty and uniqueness of Cloud Gate make it a must-visit attraction in Chicago. Its shimmering reflection of the city skyline and interactive nature make it an engaging and memorable experience for all who visit.

Mandy P — Google review

I visited in February on a solo birthday trip, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Cloud Gate. It’s how I expected, but honestly much cooler than I thought. Beautiful to watch the sun glint off the sculpture and the ice skating rink is lovely to people-watch. I went on a Saturday and arrived about 11am via the subway — it wasn’t unbearably busy or overcrowded but obviously expect other tourists to be there most of the time. I didn’t have any security check but did see them doing them later in the day. Plenty of restaurants nearby and the park itself is gorgeous. This truly is a can’t-miss!

Rachel H — Google review

Was upset "the bean" was gated off for some sort of construction. Guess I should have read reviews first, but was still nice to show our kids. Purposely stopped by there during the day to see our reflection in it and get a picture, but couldn't even get remotely close to do so. I am sure it is nice when construction is not going on. There is ice skating nearby that looked fun, but we didn't have time to do. As well as some restaurants and food carts/trucks. The amphitheatre is right there and I don't know the exact name for it, but the curvy, metallic bridge. It was frustrating when crossing the bridge at the other end is a park called Maggie Daley park we wanted to check out and we couldn't because there were security guards that randomly decided they were closing the bridge down and we had to go back across it to get back to our car or walk around a really long ways. So we had to turn back to Millennium park. It was only 4pm on a Friday I'm not sure why they closed the bridge. The bridge itself is cool to check out and make the walk to the middle for a good city skyline view. We spent probably about an hour and a half walking around. There is also the famous face water fountain/statue, but the water isn't on in the winter. It's January and they still have some Christmas trees and lights up which makes everything look pretty.

Jaymie W — Google review

One of the best architecture pieces in Chicago. As being over the best architecture city in the world this sculpture makes Chicago even more beautiful.As I was studying in Chicago I visited this place many times and in all different seasons during different times of the day.Every time it looks more beautiful and every time you visit this place you'd fall in love with this again.One day I also decided in freezing winter to do small bike trip here and you might see that in one of the photos 😛. If you want to do that that is the only time you can see this place with very few people 😅.I will surely recommend this place.

Makani J — Google review

I recently had the opportunity to visit Cloud Gate, also known as "The Bean," in Chicago's Millennium Park. As I approached the sculpture, I was immediately struck by its size and reflective surface. The stainless steel surface of the sculpture seemed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding architecture and the sky above.As I walked around the sculpture, I was amazed by the different perspectives it offered. From one angle, the sculpture appeared to be a giant, shiny mirror, reflecting the surrounding buildings and sky. From another angle, it seemed to be a giant, abstract sculpture, with curves and contours that seemed to defy gravity.One of the most interesting aspects of the sculpture was the way it interacted with the people around it. Children were running around and playing, while adults were taking photos and admiring the sculpture. It was fascinating to watch the different ways that people were interacting with the sculpture and how it seemed to bring people together in a shared experience.As I was leaving, I couldn't help but feel a sense of awe and inspiration. Cloud Gate was not just a sculpture, but a work of art that had the power to evoke emotion and connect people in a unique way. I left feeling grateful for the opportunity to experience such a beautiful and thought-provoking piece of art.

Sekhar N — Google review

Located in the famous millennium park of Chicago near the downtown area, the cloud gate is one of the most iconic structures to visit. This enormous bean shaped structure is made of steel and extremely smooth and reflective. So reflective that you could see the reflection of your facial features on it. We visited this place way back when, and absolutely loved it. It's a must visit destination when visiting Chicago. And who can forget those stunning views of downtown Chicago.

Sayantan P — Google review

The Bean (Officially "Cloud Gate") is a large outdoor public work of art, situated in the Millennium Park of downtown Chicago.Though it's official name is the "Cloud Gate", it is popularly called "The Bean" due to its bean-like shape.It's exterior is highly polished and smooth, and is like a huge elongated convex metal mirror.It was built by Anish Kapoor, an India-born British sculptor who is famous for large outdoor art structures. It was unveiled in 2004, and very quickly became a very important tourist attraction in Chicago.It is 66 feet long, 42 feet wide and 33 feet tall, and weighs 110 tonnes.The exterior of the Bean is composed of 168 pieces of stainless steel plates which are seamlessly welded together.The Bean's surfaces are actually metallic mirrors, and they reflect the surroundings clearly. It is really an awesome sight to view the reflections of the sky and clouds and the skyscrapers surrounding it.People are allowed to touch it, and at all times a huge number of people gather around it to see and photograph their own images as reflected on its surface.It has become the most well-known iconic art structure of Chicago.

Asis C — Google review

I passed by a few times throughout the year. Winters and Summers are vibrant there. I couldn't tell you what the purpose of this mirrored bean is. And for some reason I never researched it. But its cool to go and look and make your own interpretation of it. Maybe, ask others what their thoughts on it is. There's other thought provoking public art installations to see nearby along water front. Visit during the night and day.

Michael A — Google review

Who knew it was called Cloud Gate. Been calling it the "Bean" all this time, and everyone knew what I was talking about. Interesting feature by day and by night. Great photo ops for a wonderful piece of art. I was staying across the street at CAA, and made several stops here for getting some good pics.

PAUL R — Google review

Well, "life ' happened to me. it was under construction for remodeling till Spring. well, you can't get everything. Nevertheless, I did catch a glimpse of it from some distance.The Bean is a work of public art in the heart of Chicago. It was constructed in Millennium Park between 2004 and 2006 as part of a design competition, created by British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor.The sculpture, which is officially titled Cloud Gate, is one of the world’s largest permanent outdoor art installations. The monumental work was unveiled in 2004 and quickly became one of Chicago’s most iconic sights.The Bean’s reflective surface was inspired by liquid mercury. This shiny exterior reflects the people moving around the park, the lights of Michigan Avenue, and the surrounding skyline and green space — perfectly encapsulating the Millennium Park experience. The polished surface also invites visitors to touch the surface and observe their reflection, giving it an interactive quality.One might wonder how it was built - well here you go- The exterior of The Bean is made entirely of stainless steel (weighs 110 Ton). It was created using computer technology to precisely cut 168 massive steel plates, which were then fitted together and welded shut for a completely seamless finish.Fact: The Bean receives a power wash each day and a deep cleaning twice each year. During the deep clean, workers use nearly 40 gallons of detergent to bring the metallic surface back to its mirrored state.

Sanjay G — Google review

They are doing construction h til spring of 2024. If you want a good photo, come after spring. They had it fenced off and the ground around it tore up.I was able to get some photos through the fence, but there is protective padding on it too. I get needing to update things, but it was a bummer

John L — Google review

What a fun experience to take the kids to while I was working in Chicago. I always see the BEAN on movies and TV shows, but have never seen it in person! It was fun to take the kids to it and learn about the history of the BEAN!! This place is packed so try to sneak it and get a good picture. Plenty of people around to take a family photo.

Patrick K — Google review

They were doing construction, so there was a fence up around it, but you could still see the bean. Attraction is free to see. There is a lot more in that general area so there’s plenty to do. Parking is like anywhere else in the city find a garageand walk to your destination. There are public bathrooms nearby.

Elizabeth K — Google review

On a normal day "the bean" or "Cloud Gate" is so great. It is STILL under construction. It is set to become open late spring 2024. It is fenced off still and you can only catch a partial view. Posting this update so visitors are aware and no disappointed upon arrival. Free spot outside. Park has so many beautiful flowers right now!

Nicole C — Google review

As of 4/6/2024 it remains gated and closed off. Still made the best of it and visited this unique sculpture. Seeing the city skyline reflected in the bean was a pretty wonderful sight! The bean's concave shape and strong reflection gave the picture the appearance of a panoramic photograph.Instagram:food_and_travel0

Food T — Google review

Visitied this place after 16++ hour drive yesterday during Thanksgiving. It is still UNDER RENOVATION with fences around it. Find a gap between two fences, zoom in, and you will get a better look of this bean-like sculpture. I enjoy the place and city!

A. Y — Google review

Didn’t initially think I would enjoy this tourist attraction, but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. It was really cool to see the reflection of the city skyline in the bean! The reflection was very clear and the concave shape of the bean made the image look like a panoramic photo. Really cool art concept.

Karissa P — Google review

A really cool art instillation in Chicago’s Millennium Park. I was lucky to visit this tourist attraction last July before it was gated off and closed for construction.When it opens to the public again, be sure to walk around and see your own reflection against the Chicago skyline. Also remember to check out the view from underneath the bean. You’ll be rewarded with a mesmerizing view of weirdly odd circles like you’re looking into another dimension!

Dan T — Google review

Explored this spot in 2009. The sculpture was intriguing and somewhat unique, adding an entertaining vibe to the park. Its popularity drew tourists from all over, eager to capture selfies with it. I checked it out to understand the buzz and share my perspective. Taking photos of the structure is enjoyable, thanks to its mirror-metallic material that offers diverse angles through reflections. It can be challenging to capture a solo reflection with many others attempting the same. The design of the structure also holds a cool allure. If you find yourself bored in Chicago, it's worth a stop for some entertainment.

Kimberly P — Google review

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Chicago's primary commercial district is the Magnificent Mile, located in the Loop area. It is a bustling and vibrant part of the city that boasts more than 460 stores, including high-end luxury brands like Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. The district also features numerous restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world as well as some of Chicago's best hotels. Visitors can explore art galleries such as LIK Fine Art Chicago which showcases works by renowned photographer Peter Lik.

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Located on the 103rd floor of the former Sears Tower, Skydeck Chicago provides visitors with breathtaking views of four states. The unique viewing platform The Ledge lies 4ft outside the building dimensions and offers brave visitors unrivaled views over the city. With museum-quality exhibits and a 60-second ride up to the 103rd floor, Skydeck Chicago is a must-see attraction in Chicago.

Amazing!! It was a great experience. We visited on a Monday afternoon so the wait wasn't long but they make the line interesting with photo opportunities and interesting local facts. We bought the tickets and within an hour we were finished and walking out the lobby doors with an incredible experience and photos. I highly recommend this experience if you have the time. We may have to come back to get the night time experience. Simply amazing!

Steve K — Google review

Absolutely exhilarating though I backed onto the ledge and didn't look down! We went during golden hour though I think the lighting for pictures would've been best at dusk or night. The weather was perfect on Saturday so we could see for miles! The staff was really nice and directed us to the shortest line! I think it's great that there's a time limit for everyone and that you're able to get back into line if you want to take another look or get more pictures! We only waited about 15 minutes each time, and went up on the ledge twice. The gallery preceding the elevator to the 103rd floor was really informative and taught me a lot I didn't already know about Chicago or other tall buildings. The money is totally worth it! Get tickets ahead of time!!!

Melinda B — Google review

Everyone should experience Chicago from the top as well as from the river and the neighborhoods. We really enjoyed the exhibit leading to the lookout, too. Some in our group stepped out onto the glass ledge very reluctantly, but all enjoyed mastering the challenge. The views were breathtaking.

Jackie J — Google review

So, there I was in Chicago, with just a day left to explore. I had heard about the Skydeck at Willis Tower, but I hadn't really planned on visiting. I thought, why not give it a shot? It's one of those things tourists do, right? And wow, am I glad I went for it. The moment you step onto the Skydeck, it's like the whole city opens up in front of you. You're way up there, on the 103rd floor, and the view is just mind-blowing.But here's the real showstopper – the glass box, also known as The Ledge. When you step out into it, there's this thrilling, almost surreal feeling. You're suspended in the air, with Chicago's streets and buildings far below. It's exhilarating and a little bit nerve-wracking, but in the best way possible. You're literally standing over the city, with nothing but glass under your feet!I spent a good amount of time just soaking in the views. You can see for miles – the skyscrapers, Lake Michigan, and on a clear day, even beyond the city limits. It's not just a tourist attraction; it's an experience that gives you a whole new perspective on Chicago. It's a must-do for sure, especially if you want to feel the heartbeat of the city from an entirely unique vantage point.Honestly, it was the perfect end to my Chicago trip. It’s one of those experiences that makes you appreciate the beauty and scale of a city. So, if you ever find yourself in Chicago with some time to spare, definitely check out the Skydeck. It's a memory you'll cherish long after you're back on solid ground.

Kelly D — Google review

When I went here, it wasn't too crowded, so I was able to take plenty of pics. The view is incredible and as you walk through there are plenty of interactive experiences that will go over chicago history. I found that really interesting as I love learning about the history of places I visit. I would definitely recommend going here if you're in the city. Try to go during the work week, it tends to be less crowded.

Ahmed E — Google review

Had a blast and if you take your time in the history/ picture taking part you can easily spend an hour inside making it worth the price. The view is also beautiful allowing for views one every side of the building and making the price of $39 worth it. Definitely a fun experience to do while in Chicago!

Kaellolain 3 — Google review

Such a stunning experience. Although for standing in a deck and clicking some stunning photos is a task as they gave a short time so it’s recommended to go with just 2 people at a time so that you can get a decent picture in a short time. Although there are places where you can get a great view to capture yourself. Also sunset is perfect time as you can see both day and night views.

Sampada B — Google review

Super attraction! Fortunately it was not very busy. Got to the 103rd floor pretty quickly. Stepping onto the viewing "box" can be a challenge if you are leary of heights. Great views on a clear day. We had a smokey view from the Canadian fires. Highly recommend this place!

Tim S — Google review

Very nice place to check out. The views are incredible! Better management is needed, though, on how much time people can spend taking pictures. The time clock doesn't work for all groups who are there to enjoy the place.

Mak B — Google review

It is one of the very touristy things to do just to say that you've done it. We went in the morning and were able to get through it pretty quick as there weren't that many people there yet. The elevator ride was cool as it lists how tall the building is compared to the others in the world. The view from the top was pretty good as it was a clear day. For the Ledge part, you have 90 seconds to take your photo before being ushered out, so plan accordingly on how you want to take your photos. You can also purchase the pre-set photos that they take for you in the beginning and also at the ledge.

Charlie T — Google review

Very nice views, a bit crowded, so the time on the glass ledge is very limited. I liked that there were plenty of food options on the 1st floor and also enjoyed color factory while I waited for my time slot. The store is really well stocked and the prices weren't too bad.

Elizabeth L — Google review

The customer service here was phenomenal. They noticed my birthday crown and offered me a birthday button to wear, which was super cool! The views were gorgeous! Overall, it was a great way to kick off our Chicago/Birthday Trip!We bought the City Pass as well, which we highly recommend for the best value!

Haylie C — Google review

Nice place, you can see all 4 corners of Chicago. We went during weekdays and wasn't crowded so we could stay more time taking pictures. We bought some souvenirs but then find out that the same souvenirs you can get them on CVS or Walgreen at 1/3 of the price.

Holly W — Google review

A great experience. Leading up to the elevator ride up, you walk through an immersive experience through the history of Chicago. Once you're up, you have a great view of the city. There was a short line for the ledge. They have workers there to help guide and keep the line moving. They take a professional photo that you can purchase when you leave.

Keys B — Google review

We were able to book tickets for Skydeck through the CityPass app (this was such a great decision). We arrived at the building and followed all the clearly marked signs to the elevator for the Skydeck. The employees were all friendly and helpful in directing us where to go. They give you about 2 minutes to take pictures on the ledge itself. The views from the windows are also great. We booked for about 9:30 in the morning and that seemed to be a good time.

Leah D — Google review

I went for my first time & i regret it was on the weekend because I paid double the price for my ticket. I enjoyed my time though. I went during a time where the weather was deciding it it wanted to snow or stay sunny so being super high up I got to see both while it was sunny then when the clouds began to start the snow. I enjoyed each side of the building only recommendation is to go during a weekday & enjoy yourself !

Ruth M — Google review

Great views of the city and beyond, weather permitting. They have fun informational displays to wander through before you go up, and lots of space up top. The glass ledge is a hit with nearly all visitors. Gave me a touch of vertigo. Staff was professional and polite.

Jacob A — Google review

I came here during the week at about 1pm on a Monday mid May and there really wasn’t too much of a wait. I purchased our tickets online as we entered the building. Honestly, I had not been to the tower in about 3 years, there was obviously major renovations to the basem*nt where you board the elevator to the Skydeck. ( Which really improved aspects of visiting the Willis tower) There was such cool decor and interactive features you could take photos next to. I particularly enjoyed the walk towards the elevators. You get up there fairly fast, so remember to bring some chewing gum for your ears. But once you’re up there it is absolutely spectacular. My favorite part was veering over the side that faces the lake. It was so beautiful, honestly who knew there were so many different shades of blue out there in Lake Michigan. My kids loved the opposite side that faces the city view because that’s where you get to stand on the glass ledge and see the city below you. You get about 2 full minutes to stand in the glass box they stick you in. You can take your own photos and you also have the option to purchase a photo they snap of you once you’re in there. They sell pretty gifts there but they are very pricy so don’t forget your loot. Absolutely highly recommend stopping at this Major Chicago Gem.

Lola L — Google review

Absolutely breathtaking experience. The sights from the top height is exhilarating yet beautiful. It’s an amazing view and standing by the ledge is a little scary but worth the photos. This is definitely a must see if you’re coming to Chicago!

Crystle S — Google review

Always enjoy my trips to Chicago. This was my first visit to the SkyDeck. Absolutely fabulous! Terrific view of Chicago City ! Visited on weekend on Saturday ! Waiting time for lift was around half an hour ! Supporting staffs and good restaurants ! really enjoyed it 😃 Lot of points to take pictures !I think they overpriced for photos ! If they cut it to half, most of the tourist would probably take it 😎

Kanchan A — Google review

Breathtaking experience with ledge and 360 degree panoramic views of Chicago. The path the leads to elevator is modernized and you can spend easily 30 minutes exploring things even before you go to the Sky deck.There are many food courts and several other amenities in this tower.

Chetan M — Google review

Fun experience. Keep in mind that there may be some waiting times. We used our Chicago pass for entry. If you're with a big group I would recommend getting the express passes.The route to the observation deck is actually quite fun as it provides some backdrops for photo ops and some educational information on Chicago buildings and culture.They take green screen pictures shortly after entering the line and upstairs at the ledge they take two professional pictures that you can purchase. downstairs for $31. The friendly staff is also very helpful and happy to take pictures with your own phone. You have about 1 minute to take your own pictures while on the ledge.

Ayse — Google review

Skydeck Chicago is an absolute highlight of any visit to the Windy City! This iconic attraction, located atop the Willis Tower, offers an unparalleled experience that combines breathtaking views, thrilling heights, and a dash of history.The highlight is undoubtedly The Ledge—a series of glass boxes extending from the skyscraper, allowing visitors to stand suspended 1,353 feet above ground level. The adrenaline rush and panoramic views of the city are truly unforgettable. The knowledgeable staff adds to the experience, providing insights into Chicago's rich architectural history and pointing out notable landmarks.The journey to the Skydeck is an adventure in itself, with a high-speed elevator whisking you to the top in a matter of seconds. Once there, the 360-degree views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan are simply awe-inspiring. The interactive exhibits on the history and construction of the Willis Tower engage visitors of all ages.Timing your visit during sunset is highly recommended, as the city transitions from day to night, casting a warm glow over the skyline. The facility is well-maintained, and the crowd management ensures a comfortable experience.Skydeck Chicago is a must-visit for tourists seeking an exhilarating and panoramic introduction to the city. From the moment you step onto the glass floor, you'll understand why this attraction deserves its five-star rating. An absolute Chicago gem!

Sayak D — Google review

It was my first time here. I'm glad I came to visit the & see the view. It's amazing day or night. I didn't like that they rushed us out of the deck for pictures, but it was nice. Apparently, they only give you 2 min to take pics, which is crazy for the price you pay, but either way, it was a great experience. 👌💯

Sandra C — Google review

Beautiful view and one of the tallest skyscraper in the US. Enjoyable experience as well with what they call «the ledge». Highly advise to book this one through the City Pass as you will have access to the priority admission which allows you to skip a few queues.

Valentin L — Google review

It was a nice experience. They show you the history of Chicago and all the work the city made to survive.The view is breathtaking. The Ledge is at the 103 floor. The whole experience lasts about 30 minutes regularly.I did take my time to explore and read almost everything.

Ronald L — Google review

A must-do in Chicago! Such a thrill of an experience! We went on a Friday evening and it was a breeze, we got to enjoy an extra 90 seconds in our little pod. Great self-guided experience!

Cassity M — Google review

A must go places if you are new here.Take pictures in the ledge, very unique experience. Because I was there alone, I asked the staff taking a lot of pictures for me, they were very patient which I am very grateful for.Met a group of nice people from Alabama. They even said hi to my parents when we were FaceTime. ✨If you guys are seeing this, hi!

Yifan L — Google review

A great experience for my first day in Chicago. Skydeck takes you to the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower and take in the amazing view of the city. Before heading up, you go through a mini museum of what the city has to offer. There is an area to take pictures over the ledge of the building - you have 90 seconds to take photos and if you want to take more you can simply get back in line. A recommendable activity for whoever visits Chicago, especially if you plan on using the Chicago CityPass!

Christine M — Google review

The Sky Deck is a really impressive way to view Chicago! I really enjoyed getting to have a few beers and hanging out 103 stories in the air. I haven't been since they installed "the ledge" but it looks cool. I am not sure that I would wait in line for it though. If you are visiting Chicago, you should absolutely go up to the Skydeck!

Rosie T — Google review

If you're visiting The Ledge, buy your tickets for about the time you plan to be there. You don't have to show up exactly at this time, it just helps the exhibit control the chaos. There's an amazing museum after check-in leading to the elevators that take you up, so give yourself 30-45 minutes to enjoy all that as well. The elevator ride is ridiculously quick at under a minute. You can hang out on the Skydeck for as long as you like. Once at The Ledge, you can get back into the queue as many times as you like. They only give you about 90 seconds on The Ledge, a little more for larger groups, so have your poses planned in advance. I suggest visiting well before sunset, as photos can be washed out by the sun behind you. However, just after sunset and before dusk is beautiful. And when it's finally dark out, the city lights are wonderful viewing, but pictures can get lots of glare and reflection off the glass. Once back on the ground, they will sell you photos and digital copies for an expected premium, $35-50.The Ledge exhibit costs about $35/person, so it can be expensive for larger groups/families, but overall it's a wonderful experience. Research your parking options ahead of time, or expect to pay about $50 on top of the exhibit fees.On a personal note, the entire staff from building entry, up to the top, and back down on the ground were extremely helpful, friendly, and professional.

Aaron R — Google review

The family came on a business trip with me to Chicago and we stay near the Skyjack Chicago where we could go out on the LEDGE in a glass box. The kids were excited and sacred at the same time to do this! We had a blast and the weather was phenomenal and when I mean that it was cold, but bearable!!! The line was long so make sure you purchase tickets in advance and get what is needed. They only allow you a couple pictures with your phone and then the professional picture! The gift shop was cool as well with plenty of souvenirs.

Patrick K — Google review

Best views of the city! Be sure to get the expedited ticket if you can or else there will be long wait times. The expedited entrance came with the 5-city pass which I also recommend if you’re in Chicago for the weekend!

Charles V — Google review

You have only 90 second to take a picture in the balcony. It is not enough. The lane goes very fast. I believe it took us 10-15 min plus 15 min to get to the 103 floor.Love the place. The view is amazing

Marina K — Google review

This is well worth every penny. Not only will you get fabulous photos on The Ledge, there’s some incredible history of the city that you get to see while you’re in line. Go at sunset!!! Check the website for times that are busy. We bought tickets on site and walked right in.

Meridith S — Google review

The Skydeck Chicago offers a breathtaking experience that is not to be missed. Located in the iconic Willis Tower, it provides unrivaled panoramic views of Chicago's skyline, Lake Michigan, and on clear days, far beyond the city limits. The glass viewing platform, The Ledge, allows visitors to step out into the air 1,353 feet above the ground, offering a thrilling perspective and unmatched photo opportunities. Additionally, the museum on the way to the Skydeck offers an engaging overview of Chicago's rich history and architectural marvels. This attraction provides a unique blend of adrenaline and education, making it a perfect destination for tourists and locals alike.

Rhett C — Google review

Not crowded at all! Was a wonderful location with beautiful views. We were worried about fog but it didnt affect the view at all. Early is definitely better and the citypass made things so easy

Jen L — Google review

A big difference from last time I was there. They have information on the walk to the elevator, which was really cool. The elevator ride was faster then before and the sky walk oh wow it was amazing. The view at night was beautiful

Londa R — Google review

Amazing place to be with family and friends . They have a lot of photobooths to get you clicked. There are 5 pockets of sky deck with glass floors , you can step up on one on your turn . One party gets 90 secs to enjoy their time

Pranjali S — Google review

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