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The Grand Rapids Children's Museum will keep the kids entertained for hours, while UICA is full of unique and thought-provoking contemporary art.

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Downtown Grand Rapids

Experience big-city excitement without the big-city hassle! Downtown Grand Rapids offers a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities - all within a 10-minute walk.

Listen to live music, indoors or out. Take in a theatre, ballet or opera show. Visit two art museums, an official presidential museum, a natural history museum and even a dedicated children's museum.

Tickle your taste buds at more than 100 restaurants, from local farm-to-fork cafés to famous brand-name eateries. Shop for fresh-harvested ingredients, sample artisan foods and take cooking classes at the dazzling Downtown Market.

Browse boutiques, art galleries and gift shops for truly one-of-a-kind finds - many of them crafted by the person whose name is on the door.

And please, take the time to look around while you stroll our spacious sidewalks and scenic riverwalk. Downtown is awash in art - sculptures on street corners, murals on buildings, ornamentations on buildings. You can even take a GR Tag Tour of "Art Around the Corner."

Wherever you go, you can count on clean, safe streets and friendly people - beginning with our roving Safety Ambassadors, who traverse downtown on foot, bicycle and Segway. Just flag one down if you need assistance, directions, a map or anything else - look for the bright teal and blue uniforms.

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Insider's Guide to Grand Rapids

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Host a Memorable Reunion in Grand Rapids--and We'll Help

Good things happen when you gather with far-flung friends, service members, co-workers, or family members for a reunion. It’s the perfect time to reconnect and revisit the past, of course. But it's al...more

Posted October 21, 2014
photo courtesy of Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market

Apples and Doughnuts and Cider and More: The Fall Flavors of West Michigan

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than autumn in Grand Rapids. The air is cool and crisp, the city is blanketed in orange, red and yellow foliage, and great cider is never far away. Don’t miss out o...more

Posted October 16, 2014
GR Beer Tours Owner Bryan Haik

This Fall Enjoy a Pint and a Lift: West Michigan's Brewery Hop Transportation Options

Fall in Grand Rapids brings a slew of season-inspired beers and ciders and this year, new transportation options to enjoy libations all over town. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, th...more

Posted October 9, 2014