Grand RapidsUnited States of America

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Visit museums, explore beautiful gardens and enjoy outdoor activities in the River City where Midwestern charm meets a thriving Michigan metropolis.

Grand Rapids, located just east of Lake Michigan, is a vibrant city rich with culture and natural beauty. With plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and a variety of museums and galleries, Grand Rapids is the perfect destination for the whole family.

The city straddles the beautiful Grand River and is therefore known as the “River City.” Rent a bicycle and ride along the riverbank or play a round of golf at one of the courses nearby. Drive to Lake Michigan and go swimming, climb dunes or play beach volleyball.

During winter, visit Cannonsburg Ski Area for snowboarding and cross-country skiing or try outdoor ice skating at Richmond Park. Grand Rapids Park and Kent County Park offer miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing. In summer, these areas are perfect for biking and hiking.

Visit the world-renowned Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The park aims to blend man-made art with nature. Stroll through the tropical conservatory and marvel at Nina Akamu's massive sculpture, The American Horse.

Step back in time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Explore American culture during the 1970s and discover interactive exhibits such as the mock Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is home to more than 5,000 artworks. Browse the Renaissance section or marvel at modern masterpieces, such as Richard Diebenkorn’s Ingleside. The museum dates back to 1910; a 2007 redesign has elevated the building to a city icon.

Be sure to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. Learn about the area's native peoples at the Anishinabek: The People of This Place exhibition. Gaze at the stars in the planetarium and ride the vintage carousel outside.

Reach Grand Rapids by flying into the International Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown, or catch the daily Amtrak service from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Whether you are seeking cultural enrichment or outdoor fun, Grand Rapids has much to offer.

Where to stay in Grand Rapids

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Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(190 area reviews)

While visiting Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like DeVos Performance Hall and La Grande Vitesse.

Downtown
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Heartside

4.5/5Wonderful!(229 area reviews)

Heartside is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids Children's Museum while in the area.

Heartside
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Medical Mile

You'll enjoy the churches and shopping in Medical Mile. You might want to make time for a stop at La Grande Vitesse or Heritage Hill Historic District.

Medical Mile
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Easttown

The restaurants and live music are just a few features travelers like about Easttown. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, Downtown Market and Grand Rapids Children's Museum are a few top places to visit.

Easttown
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Alpine Township

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

While Alpine Township might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Fifth Third Ballpark and Meijer Corporate Headquarters.

Alpine Township
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Roosevelt Park

While Roosevelt Park might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market.

Roosevelt Park

Top Hotels in Grand Rapids

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
187 Monroe Ave Nw, Grand Rapids, MI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$191
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DeVos Performance Hall and Public Museum of Grand Rapids. Van Andel Arena and Downtown Market ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,819 reviews)

"I loved the view from our room. It was kind of a disappointing that the pool area was under construction and had hours that weren't accommodating to our stay."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
Wyndham Garden Grand Rapids Airport
Wyndham Garden Grand Rapids Airport
3 out of 5
4495 28th St Se, Grand Rapids, MI
$57
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in East Paris, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Patterson Ice Center and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Calvin College. Centerpointe Mall and Woodland Mall are ...

3.4/5 (2,453 reviews)

"Front desk clerk helped my boyfriend change his tire very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Wyndham Garden Grand Rapids Airport
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids Airport, MI
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids Airport, MI
3 out of 5
5399 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI
$74
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Patterson Ice Center, Centerpointe Mall, and Watermark Country Club. Calvin College and Woodland ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,772 reviews)

"We were down a hall with multiple dogs. They barked ALL morning, starting very early! Loud barking and scratching at the doors of their rooms made for a not great start to the morning drive home."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids Airport, MI

Popular things to do in Grand Rapids

Downtown Market
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Downtown Market

4.5/5(339 reviews)

When you visit Downtown Market, a favorite shopping spot in Grand Rapids, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the great live music or attend a baseball game in this family-friendly area.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum
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Grand Rapids Children's Museum

4/5(96 reviews)

You can spend an afternoon exploring the galleries in Grand Rapids Children's Museum in Grand Rapids. Experience the area's acclaimed theater scene and great live music.

Gerald R. Ford Museum
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Gerald R. Ford Museum

4.5/5(146 reviews)

Take a holographic tour of Ford’s White House and see a piece of the Berlin Wall in this tribute to the 38th president in the town where he was raised.

Grand Rapids Art Museum
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Grand Rapids Art Museum

4.5/5(110 reviews)

The sleek design of the modernist building reflects the gorgeous contemporary artworks within. Learn how to make art fun in the workshops and camps.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
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Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

4.5/5(195 reviews)

Let your kids run wild at the sand pits and tree house while you inspect the sculptures and floral displays in this park’s various gardens.

John Ball Zoo
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John Ball Zoo

4.5/5(99 reviews)

Visit the native and exotic animals who live at John Ball Zoo during your trip to Grand Rapids. Wander around the area's the college campus or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Top activities in Grand Rapids

Operation city Quest of Michigan
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Operation city Quest of Michigan

$10
Per adult
One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Grand Rapids, MI
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Grand Rapids, MI

$3
Per adult
Raise A Glass Wine Tours - Private Brunch Tour
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Raise A Glass Wine Tours - Private Brunch Tour

$200
Per adult
Raise A Glass Wine Tours - Private Dinner Tour
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Raise A Glass Wine Tours - Private Dinner Tour

$200
Per adult
Tactical Laser Tag 60 Min. Session
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Tactical Laser Tag 60 Min. Session

$28
Per adult
Standup Comedy Dream Event
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Standup Comedy Dream Event

$35
Per adult

Reviews of Grand Rapids

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.515037593984964%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.87781954887218%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.868421052631579%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.080827067669173%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6578947368421053%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

Great city lots of things to do. Family lives here

5/5 - Excellent

Taravonna

Feb 17, 2020

Local

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

It's a busy and changing town with lots to offer a east side Michigan girl and i love enjoying our state of Michigan. Thanks suites!!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

The Gerald Ford Museum was informative and well done.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

Highlights included the delicious beer and Atwater Brewery and the Brewery tour at Founders along with their Taproom!

4/5 - Good

Sandy

Feb 3, 2020

It has many attractions, I hope to go back and would recommend it to anyone else. Michigan is beautiful.

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