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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

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Downtown

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

Downtown
Grand Rapids Art Museum showing a city

Heartside

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
Medical Mile, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

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
Alpine Township, Walker, Michigan, United States of America

Alpine Township

When in Alpine Township, you can plan a visit to Meijer Corporate Headquarters and Fifth Third Ballpark, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Alpine Township
Easttown, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

Easttown

The restaurants and live music are just a few features travellers 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
Roosevelt Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

Roosevelt Park

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Roosevelt Park and surrounding area, you can visit 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 £111 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! (723 reviews)

"Check in process was smooth. Front desk staff was very helpful and nice. No major complaints other than the people above us were so loud and constantly banging around."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 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 £111 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! (99 reviews)

"Great stay. Close to everything and very clean. The only down side is the parking situation. You either use the parking garage if the hotel for $32 a night or the one across the street for $18."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 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
Free cancellation
The price is £95 per night

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

4.2/5Excellent! (857 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 16 Jul 2020

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport

Popular places to visit in Grand Rapids

Downtown Market
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Downtown Market

When you visit Downtown Market, a popular shopping spot in Grand Rapids, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Experience the acclaimed theatre scene or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Gerald R. Ford Museum
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Gerald R. Ford Museum

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

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

You can spend an afternoon studying the exhibits at Grand Rapids Children's Museum in Grand Rapids. Experience the area's great live music and acclaimed theatre scene.

Grand Rapids Art Museum
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Grand Rapids Art Museum

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

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

Top things to do in Grand Rapids

Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Michigan

£16
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan

£8
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Michigan

£8
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan

£8
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan

£8
Per adult
Hot hot Chengdu foodie tour very popular food with guide
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Hot hot Chengdu foodie tour very popular food with guide

£73
Per adult

Reviews of Grand Rapids

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17 Jan 2020

There's plenty to do and discover in Grand Rapids if you take the time.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

30 Apr 2019

We went to visit our son and see him graduate. Have no reason to be back

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