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Address: Highway 1 and Fern Canyon Road, Carmel, CA

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A must see!

Staying in Carmel? Driving to or from Big Sur? You must stop and see these awesome rocks defy gravity. It's fun and quick. Super easy to find. We were lucky enough to be there... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2014
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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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256 reviews
202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This garden does not appear to be maintained by any kind of official body, at least that was my impression, so it's hard to even call it a garden, more like someone's backyard with some stacked rocks. Since it doesn't require any kind of detour from the road, you can certainly stop here, but all of the rocks can be... More 

Thank Ynhockey
Ames, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

This is a small garden, and you can finish viewing all the rocks within 3 minutes. But it is free of charge of cause. But there is nothing fascinating in here, except that the rock are stacked in a special way.

1 Thank David W
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We were really excited about seeing the Gravity Garden after reading the reviews. But in reality what it is, is a pile of rocks in some dirt on the side of the road. Sure they are stacked up in a very cool manner and its very clever, but not worth your time when there is so many other beautiful things... More 

1 Thank KateGareth
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Staying in Carmel? Driving to or from Big Sur? You must stop and see these awesome rocks defy gravity. It's fun and quick. Super easy to find. We were lucky enough to be there on the day the artist was there. He was super friendly and told us all about his art...very interesting!

2 Thank BarbraBud
Monterey, California
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014

As a long-time local, I strongly recommend Gravity Garden to visitors. Jim Needham's Gravity Garden in Carmel Highlands is known throughout the world. International visitors have stopped there for years to view his impressive stacked pillars of rocks and boulders on their way to Big Sur. His sculptures are free-standing and remain intact only because of his immaculate work to... More 

2 Thank Joan2010
Los Angeles
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111 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

I had read about the garden on TripAdvisor, and was interested to see the art of balancing rocks, having seen some YouTube videos on the art form. My group of four was reluctant, but agreed. We were all so glad we did. It was so impressive to see so many wondrous sculptures in one place, and this was only amplified... More 

2 Thank Wart99
Pasadena, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Right along highway 1, this is definitely worth a walk-through. The artist invites strangers to take a look around and even have a picnic. Total peace and love.

2 Thank lilfoot921
San Francisco, California
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2013

We were looking for something different to do or see in Carmel , and we certainly found it. We found the directions on Trip Advisor which led us right to the place. We parked right on the street after spotting the stacks of rocks around the garden. Jim, the artist, was watering his yard at the time and told us... More 

2 Thank adrizan
Thousand Oaks, California
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140 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2013

It is worth a stop because it is unusual. However, not much time needed to be devoted. 15 minutes will do it. Easy access from Highway 1.

Thank Michael G
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22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Visited 7-25-13. Had read about this unusual garden on Trip Advisor; decided to stop when we went to Carmel. After visiting Point Lobos (beautiful) we drove south on Hwy 1 about 7/10's of a mile and on left you'll see rocks stacked. We parked on the side of the road. There is a gas station & store on left just... More 

2 Thank BossierCityTravelers

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