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Nature Nearby: Parks, Trails, Woods, and Wildlife Within 10 Minutes Of Downtown Grand Rapids

Though Grand Rapids' downtown is often bustling, nature is never far away: green havens can be found throughout the city and all along the Grand River corridor. More than two dozen natural environs ca...more

Posted March 26, 2015


Students of Life

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Big news new addition to Education Center, opening in July 2003. The Center is comprised of two rooms, the Cabinet Room and the Michigan Room. The Cabinet Room is an exact recreation of the White House Cabinet Room, and will be a combination exhibit and classroom. They are currently making plans for an extensive education program and curriculum exploring presidential decision-making and power for use in this room. This will be geared toward middle and high school students.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Located downtown on the Grand River, this entertainment/education center features interactive history and natural science exhibitions. Visitors will marvel at the region's furniture-making heritage and culture of the American Indian. Ride a 1928 carousel and experience life a century ago in the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

The Gardens offer science tours that can be scheduled. Special sculpture learning opportunities are also available. In addition to viewing the exhibitions, students are often offered educational activities such as foreign language tours, poetry writing workshops in response to the artwork and sketching.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

GRAM offers docent led tour tours for children of all ages. The tours can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. They can also put together special art projects for groups.

John Ball Zoological Gardens

The Zoo can set up special programs for groups given a couple of week's notice - private animal talks, tours, activities, meet a keeper etc.

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Grand Rapids is a destination like no other: art, culture, dining, and nightlife. From a hip and friendly downtown to an endless array of outdoor activities, Grand Rapids will surprise, excite and delight you!

Maps and Transportation

Psst! One of Grand Rapids' best kept secrets is ...getting around. Grand Rapids is only a few hours' drive from most major midwestern cities. Maps, Drive times ... more