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6 Fun Ways to Toast the New Year in Grand Rapids

Although we don’t have snow on the ground yet, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Whether you want to dress up and celebrate in style, go casual and toast 2015 with a craft beer, or you’re look...more

Posted December 18, 2014
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Winter Magic: Our First-Time Family Excursion To Grand Rapids!

Guest writer Amy Allen Clark is creator of the website MomAdvice.com.  Last year our family decided that, in lieu of gifts under our tree,  each year we will take a vacation together as a family Chri...more

Posted December 11, 2014
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Keeping Fit on the Road in Grand Rapids

The holidays bring friends, food, travel and sometimes a few extra pounds. If you are planning a trip to Grand Rapids this December - or beyond - don’t let a change of venue lead to a change of workou...more

Posted December 4, 2014
Miles Hanley shows off a nice steelhead he hooked while fishing the Kalamazoo River downstream from the Allegan Dam. Photo by Howard Meyerson

Feisty Fishes: Fall and Winter Steelhead Fishing in Grand Rapids

They hit hard, leap high, and run like a freight train when hooked, which is why hundreds of anglers converge each fall on rivers in the Grand Rapids-area hoping to hook a steelhead. Muscular and feis...more

Posted December 2, 2014

 

 

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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