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John Ball Zoo Offers Summer Learning Opportunities for the Whole Family

Looking for some opportunities for fun, learning, and up-close experiences with animals this summer? A whole world of learning fun waits for kids - and adults - at John Ball Zoo.  Visitors have the ch...more

Posted May 28, 2015
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Grand Rapids' First Negroni Week

Grand Rapids supports her culinary and craft beverage cultures with a number of creative events around town. This year, GR’s first Negroni Week will occupy the minds and menus of thirty-three local bu...more

Posted May 26, 2015
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Grand Rapids Public Museum Hosts King Tut's Tomb and the 1920's

  With a mysterious death and unidentified parentage, King Tut still has people talking. The conversation continues with the Great Lakes regional debut of The Discovery of King Tut May 16 at the...more

Posted May 21, 2015
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Great Food, Lively Entertainment, and All Kinds of Art: It's Time for Festival

Get ready for three days of fun in downtown Grand Rapids: the 46th annual Festival of the Arts starts at noon on Friday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 7. Streets downtown will be shut down so y...more

Posted May 19, 2015

 

 

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit

Art Aplenty

Great art is everywhere you look in Grand Rapids – in museums and galleries, lining streets and spilling out of parks. Every fall, we host the world’s largest art competition. Discover our Hot Art and find art events that match your trip dates. More

Farm-Fresh Food

With restaurants that use fresh, local ingredients and markets that offer a tremendous variety of just-picked produce, Grand Rapids is one delicious destination. Explore our Hot Eats and find a restaurant that tickles your palate. More

Lively Live Music

Grand Rapids is alive with the sound of music – every kind of music, every day of the week. Learn why this is a great city for Hot Tunes and find music events that suit your taste and your trip dates. More

Best Beers

America’s best brewpub. The world’s third best brewery. Two of the planet’s top 10 beers. No wonder Grand Rapids was named Beer City U.S.A. in 2012 and 2013! Check out all the ways to enjoy our Great Beer. More

Natural Wonder

Wherever you go in Grand Rapids, you’re never more than a few minutes away from a park, lake, river, golf course or hiking/biking trail. Every season offers endless opportunities for recreational fun. Explore our Grand Outdoors! More

Beach Bounty

There are 18 amazing Lake Michigan beaches just a short drive away from downtown Grand Rapids – and one very popular in-town beach at the center of one of the nation’s largest urban greenspaces. Browse our Beaches. More

Retail Therapy

From mega malls stocked with brand names to mini boutiques full of unique treasures, Grand Rapids offers a complete range of shopping experiences. Stores are close, convenient and friendly. Scan our Shopping options. More

Museum Magic

Explore the unique culture of Grand Rapids at a series of first-rate museums and historic sites. Learn about art, nature, presidential history, planets, childhood discovery and more at these Museums. More

Hospitality Plus

Grand Rapids offers big-city amenities without the big-city attitude. We cling tight to our small-town values – so expect friendly hellos, attentive service and pay-it-forward hospitality everywhere you go. More

Connecting Point

Location, affordability and all-ages appeal make Grand Rapids a great place to connect with your favorite people. Get together for a friend meetup, family reunion, girls’ getaway, or men’s weekend. More