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Grand RapidsUnited States of America

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

Grand Rapids featuring a city

Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(214 area reviews)

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

Downtown
Grand Rapids Art Museum which includes a city

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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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 Meijer Corporate Headquarters and Fifth Third Ballpark.

Alpine Township
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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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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
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
161 Ottawa Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, MI
The price is $127 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (724 reviews)

"Really loved the staff, also the cleanliness in the rooms."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is $127 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (101 reviews)

"The hotel was very clean and our room was spacious."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport
3 out of 5
3063 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is $105 per night

Located in East Paris, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centerpointe Mall and Woodland Mall. Patterson Ice Center and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (859 reviews)

"Every thing was nice about my room except I didn't have any toilet paper very annoying. And there was only one wash cloth in the bathroom and the room was booked for two people. Other than that it was a nice stay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport

Popular places to visit in Grand Rapids

Downtown Market
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Downtown Market

4.5/5(353 reviews)

When you visit Downtown Market, a favorite shopping spot in Grand Rapids, you can browse for souvenirs. Experience the acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

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.

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

4.5/5(200 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.

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

4/5(99 reviews)

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

Grand Rapids Art Museum
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Grand Rapids Art Museum

4.5/5(112 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.

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 things to do in Grand Rapids

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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan

$10
Per adult
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan

$20
Per adult
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan

$10
Per adult
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan

$10
Per adult
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan

$10
Per adult
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$92
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Reviews of Grand Rapids

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.61750112764998%
4 - Good
993
4 - Good 44.79025710419486%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.923319801533603%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.0374379792512405%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.6314839873703203%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Born and raised so I knew was to expect when I came

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 20, 2020

Its fine

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

The characters seemed sketchy, did not trust my belongings to be left in the hotel alone for too long.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

I love it born and raised here

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

Lots of restaurants, bars, and shopping in the downtown area. It’s clean, feels safe, and it’s walkable. 

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 2, 2020

I live here.

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