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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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Posted July 3, 2014
Michigan Modern Exhibit

“Michigan Modern” Exhibit Highlights Midcentury Design From Our Region

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Posted June 26, 2014
4th of July Fireworks Spectacle in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is Booming! Fireworks and More for the Fourth of July

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS AROUND GRAND RAPIDS West Michigan is brimming with options when it comes to Fourth of July Fun! Local communities are going all out with fireworks, festivals and parades th...more

Posted June 19, 2014