Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Nominated for VirtualTourist’s 8th Wonder of the World

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Experience Grand Rapids, the official destination marketing organization for Kent County, announced the nomination of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in the VirtualTourist.com’s search to find the “8th Wonder of the World.” Public voting is open until September 30 at VirtualTourist.com, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group. 

“As an organization, we are humbled and honored to be nominated for such a global acknowledgement,” said David Hooker, president and CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “With a critically acclaimed sculpture collection and The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden opening in 2015, our focus has not only brought international light to Grand Rapids, but to the Midwest. We hope that the community will continue to support us in votes these next few months.”  

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park was named one of the top "30 Must-See Museums" in the world by 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, it ranked the eighth best public garden in America by TripAdvisor, and is the second most visited cultural institution in Michigan. Meijer Gardens weaves acclaimed sculpture among 132 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, proudly welcoming more than half a million visitors annually.

“The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a world-class destination not to be missed,” said Doug Small, president of Experience Grand Rapids. “Not only does the Meijer Gardens have an expansive botanical garden and internationally acclaimed sculpture park, but features international artists, a Children's Garden, Michigan's Farm Garden, and amphitheater for summer concert events. This landmark certainly is a world wonder.”

The public is asked to vote once a day for their favorite landmark out of the more than two hundred submissions until September 30. The wonder with the most votes will be crowned the winner. The winner will be featured in a national broadcast on top American syndicated television show Extra as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

“It’s wonderful to have a nomination from every corner of the world so we are thrilled to receive Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan,” said Giampiero Ambrosi, general manager of VirtualTourist.com. “As one of the best travel guide resources on the Web, members, and visitors to our site have been to almost every country in the world. We are eager to see which landmark they will choose to be crowned the 8th Wonder of the World.” 

To vote for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park as the 8th Wonder of the World, visit www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder.

Source: Experience Grand Rapids  

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