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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    East Grand Rapids
    A charming business district, all-season sports lake and beautifully maintained parks and homes distinguish this family-oriented suburb.
    Heartside
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    East Grand Rapids

    This city four miles east of downtown Grand Rapids has been named one of America's Top 10 "Best Places to Live for Suburbanites" and one of "10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids." It boasts a wonderful variety of beautifully maintained homes, abundant parks and nature areas, a charming business district and a magnificent sports lake - all of which contribute to a sense of community that evokes days gone by.

    Where to Eat

    The Gaslight Village business district offers a number of restaurants, all within a leisurely sidewalk stroll of each other:
       • Big Bob's Pizza
       • Crazy Charlie's for chili dogs, shakes, fries and ice cream
       • Derby Station for globally influenced, pub-style food and drink
       • Foo Yen Chinese
       • Mary Ann's Chocolates
       • Olga's Kitchen
       • Olive's Restaurant and Bar for seasonally inspired menus
       • Osta's Lebanese Cuisine
       • Ramona's Table for sandwiches, wraps, salads, entrees and more
       • Sweet Yo's frozen yogurt

    Just around the corner is Rose's on Reeds Lake, where Mediterranean, Italian and Casual American influences combine for a one-of-a-kind menu. Ask to be seated on the enclosed patio to savor beautiful lake views.

    Where to Shop
    The shops of Gaslight Village specialize in unique, upscale items you won't find in malls and big box stores:
       • Baby Mine baby boutique
       • Bella Furs
       • Dear Prudence jewelry and gifts
       • D&W Fresh Market grocery
       • Grand Rapids Bicycle Co.
       • Great Lakes Woolen Co.
       • Hearthcrest Fireplace & Décor
       • Hoffman Jewelers
       • Hot Mama boutique for moms
       • Mason Jones tabletops, home furnishings and accents
       • Papers Plus stationery, invitations and gifts
       • Rosa's Closet resale boutique

    What to Do
    There's always plenty to do in East Grand Rapids, from summer concerts and movies in the park to art fairs, book sales and a daylong 4th of July celebration.

    Ten city parks within city limits offer playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, and relaxing greenspaces. The paved 4.2-mile Reeds Lake Trail passes through natural wooded areas, wetlands and residential areas, linking many park and school facilities.

    What to See
    The Regatta is a colorful, 40-foot tall fiberglass sculpture designed to evoke the sails of a ship.

    The East Grand Rapids City Center is home to a bronze statue of President Gerald R. Ford. It is a one-third replica of the statue that was displayed in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

    Waterfront Park features a 425-foot floating boardwalk system that gives a unique perspective on Reeds Lake.

    Local Favorites
    Reeds Lake is a favorite destination for area kayakers, sailors, skiers, fishing enthusiasts and sunbathers. Covering approximately 283 acres and boasting a maximum depth of 52 feet, the lake is home base for yachting regattas, the Huntington Reeds Lake Run and the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon/Duathlon.

    Longtime residents remember Reeds Lake as the heart of Ramona Park, an amusement park that entertained thousands of Midwestern families between 1897 and 1955.

    Hidden Gems
    Brush Studio offers step-by-step instruction for recreating a featured painting - participants are amazed at the artwork they've created by the end of the evening. Enjoy food and drink in a relaxed, social-group setting while you unleash your inner Picasso. Family Days on weekends!

    Jersey Junction is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor tucked into an East Grand Rapids side street. It was founded in 1963 by the mother of famed children's book illustrator (and former city resident) Chris Van Allsburg. Today, it offers 28 flavors of locally made Hudsonville ice cream as well as a large selection of candy and a kid-friendly lunch menu.

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