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Normandale Japanese Garden

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Address: 9700 France Ave S, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN 55431-4309
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Awesome place

I come here for inspiration for my designs during the Spring and Summer and have had a lovely time. My not very hidden gem.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 January 2017
Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis, MN
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I come here for inspiration for my designs during the Spring and Summer and have had a lovely time. My not very hidden gem.

Thank lbhtd
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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128 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Parking can be a little difficult but it is free. The garden is small but very pleasant to stroll through.

Thank Philip M
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We are always not allowed to eat inside Mall of America and there opearations are sometimes slow, and we just buy food from Beedubs and then sit in the Japanese gardens and eat.

Thank Fatherofteens171513
Eagan, Minnesota
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44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Took my son's senior pictures here last weekend and I had forgotten how beautiful this place is. It is an authentic Japanese garden tucked away in a corner of Normandale CC. It is very tranquil and peaceful. If you have time, stroll the nice well maintained paths, Take in the trees and shrubs, walk on the quaint bridges, look at... More 

Thank aqwn2be
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We made this a destination for site seeing when in Bloomington. Totally love it. The area is really well kept, nice paths for walk and perfect for photo ops. The waterfall was really nice touch.

Thank Lue H
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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166 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is an excellent FREE garden with FREE parking (parking is located at Normandale Community College). Park by the Kopp Student Center, as it by the Japanese Garden. It is an authentic Japanese Garden in Bloomington, Minnesota. There are tranquil water features, expertly groomed trees, and amazing koi fish. It is a very peaceful experience where you can take your... More 

Thank amandalilgreen
Shakopee, Minnesota
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40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Yesterday evening, my Husband I went and visited this lovely Garden.Wow!. It is truly beautiful. The trees are very unique, lovely, bridges go over the water that you can walk on, lovely stone paths to walk on, there are benches to sit on. If you need to get away, to think, or rest. This place is perfect. Very quite, Also,... More 

Thank Julie G
De Soto, Missouri
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The garden is a peaceful and beautiful place in a compact space. Not far off the busy byways of the Twin Cities. It is not obvious to find your way there from the main parking lot. Go to the far end of the lot from France Avenue to Collegeview Road. On the other side of the parking garage is Parking... More 

Thank Jim P
Midland, Michigan
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188 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

this was my first experience. it was very cool. the only down part of this site is that they let stupid people in. some little kids, with parents that needed a timeout, ruined the tranquility of the site. still, it is beautiful and peaceful (when you are away from certian groups).

Thank Jomama J
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

I visited this place with my Fiancé and she liked the Garden a lot is very pretty and peaceful also they have some koi fish! Is worth the visit.

Thank Vicenz T

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