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1715 Hillburn Ave NW

Price & Hours

$3 per person
Dawn-dusk daily

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Outdoors lovers will want to plan a visit to the Blandford Nature Center. What started as a family farm has transformed into a haven for outdoor recreation. Among its 264 acres of woods, streams and meadows, the nature center boasts 4 miles of trails, a wildlife education center, an organic farm, historic buildings, seasonal festivals and a working sugarbush. 

Past visitors said the nature center is a great place to explore with the whole family. According to reviewers, children particularly enjoy the on-site farm, which, in addition to growing vegetables, is also home to chickens and goats.

Access to the nature center costs $3 per person. Trails are open from dawn to dusk daily, while the visitor center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Blandford Nature Center sits about 6 miles northwest of downtown Grand Rapids and is best reached by car. For more information, visit the official website.

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