Facts & Trivia
• La Grande Vitesse is the first public art work funded in part by the NEA.
• Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is one of the world's 100 most-visited art museums.
• ArtPrize is the world's richest, most radically open art competition.
• The Grand Rapids Art Museum was named one of the six best buildings of 2007 (Newsweek Magazine).
• Stella's Lounge serves America's Best Burger (GQ Magazine, 2012).
• Then again, USA Today says the Cottage Burger at Cottage Bar is Michigan's best.
• MadCap Coffee brews up America's Best Tea (GQ Magazine, 2012).
• The Cornmeal Financier Cake at Grove is one of America's "101 most crazy-awesome new desserts" (New York Magazine, 2012).
• Founders Brewing Company is the World's 2nd Best Brewery (ratebeer.com, 2012).
• HopCat is the 3rd Best Beer Bar on the Planet (Beer Advocate, 2012)
• 28 public golf courses within 15 minutes of downtown make G.R. one of the top cities for per-capita public golf courses.
• The Fifth Third Riverbank Run is America's largest 25K road race, with more than 21,000 participants from around the globe.
• G.R. is a "Bicycle-Friendly Community" (League of American Bicyclists, 2009) and the "Best Town for Mountain Biking" (Outside Magazine, 2010) - biking opportunities abound!
• You're never more than a few miles from a body of water in G.R. - one reason we're America's 6th Best Fishing City (Field & Stream Magazine, 2006)
• Ottawa Indians were Grand Rapids' first inhabitants and in 1826 the city was settled by French fur traders.
• The city's name comes from the Grand River, Michigan's largest inland river.
• Grand Rapids was once known as America's Furniture Capital for its fine residential furniture It is known today as the center of office furniture manufacturing.
• Gerald R. Ford, a native son, became the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974.
• Grand Rapids is home to two Frank Lloyd Wright designs - the privately owned Amberg House and the Meyer May House, which is open to the public three days per week.
• G.R. is Michigan's 2nd largest city, with a metro-area population of 1.3 million.
• The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second largest airport in Michigan and the 86th largest airport nationally, serving more than 2 million passengers annually.
• G.R. is headquarters to many national and multi-national headquarters including Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, Alticor (formerly Amway), Wolverine World Wide, Meijer and Zondervan.
• Grand Rapids was the first city in the U.S. to add fluoride to its drinking water - way back in 1945.
• Michigan is 2nd only to California in agricultural diversity - and West Michigan produces 85% of all crops harvested in Michigan ... for an economic impact of over $2 billion.
• Michigan is America's 3rd largest apple producer - and Kent County produces more than any other Michigan county.