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West Michigan Spring/Summer Festival Preview

Summer in West Michigan brings beach days, ice cream and festivals! With so much going on it’s hard to keep track of it all. We’ve done the work for you and are happy to share. So grab a pen and your ...more

Posted April 17, 2014
Home of the West Michigan Whitecaps

Fill Your Spring Calendar with Music, Art and Other Family Adventures

Spring is in the air! Get your family out and and come and explore Grand Rapids! To help you get started, we’ve rounded up family-friendly things to do in GR each day of the week. Let’s go...more

Posted April 11, 2014
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Tons of Trails: Mountain and Road Biking in West Michigan

Bicyclers rejoice: the springtime thaw is at finally hand. Although some hardy souls have already hit the road, for many of us now’s the time to get our bikes tuned up (or purchase new equipment...more

Posted April 3, 2014
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A Delicious Start at Uptown Kitchen: A Guide to Grand Rapids' Food Entrepreneurs

Grand Rapids is filled with delicious foodie finds: chewy boiled bagels, spicy salsa, thai basil-lemon marshmallows, and hand cranked sausages. But you have to know where to look, and where it all sta...more

Posted April 1, 2014
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It's Outta This World: Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium Reopens

What kiddo doesn’t love learning about space?  It’s one of those subjects that can inspire awe in the hearts and minds of any age group, but it’s more important now than ever that we...more

Posted March 27, 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