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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.
    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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    Michigan's Adventure Rollercoaster

    Adventure

    Get your adrenaline going in Grand Rapids, where every day is a new adventure.  Whether you want to experience thrills first hand or cheer on others who do, we’ve got you covered.  

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    GR Paddling – Paddle & Art

    Combine a canoe or kayak or canoe trip on the scenic Grand River with a visit to beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Group size: 9-16, with half the group on the water and half at the Gardens at one time. 6.5 hours.

    John Ball Zoo Under the Sea Aquarium Tour

    Go behind the scenes to learn how the zoo keeps its aquarium up and running for penguins, sharks and marine invertebrates. Feed the trout and hold a sea star. Offered Monday or Friday at 10 am or 3 pm. Group size up to 16. 40-60 minutes.

    John Ball Zoo African Savanna Tour

    See where lions, bongos, warthogs and duikers of the African Veldt spend their time when they are not on exhibit, and learn how the zoo cares for them. Offered weekdays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Group size up to 16. 40-60 minutes.

    Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park

    More than 60 world-class rides and attractions, including seven roller coasters and 16 water features, provide varying levels of thrills and excitement. Discounted pricing and catered meal options for groups of 25 or more.

    Saugatuck Dune Rides

    Cruise the towering sand dunes of Lake Michigan on a custom dune buggy. Learn about the lost town of Singapore and check out unique local vegetation and wildlife. Group size: 10+, special group rates apply to groups of 18+. 1 hour.

    West Michigan Whitecaps

    Enjoy a summer day or evening in beautiful Fifth Third Ballpark, cheering on this Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Groups of 20 or more can access preferred seating, discounted tickets, meal values and more. April – September. 3 hours.

    Grand Rapids Griffins

    Cheer on this Detroit Red Wings affiliate in Van Andel Arena, named the best place to watch a minor-league hockey game. Groups of 10 or more can access discounted ticket options, behind-the-scenes tours and more.  October – May.  2-2.5 hours.

    Dave and Busters

    The perfect spot for an adventurous lunch or dinner, this entertainment complex features a 360˚ sports bar with “better-than-stadium” seating and massive HD TVs throughout, plus more than 150 midway games. Special group perks available.