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    Neighborhoods
  • 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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    Gardens

    Located in the middle of one of the world’s finest growing regions, influenced by the horticultural prowess of our Dutch ancestors, Grand Rapids offers plenty of inspiration for visitors with green thumbs – and plenty of natural eye candy for everyone else.

    Choose from the following to create your itinerary:

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    One of the world’s top 30 “must-see” museums features the Midwest’s most significant collection of outdoor sculpture, a diverse variety of indoor and outdoor gardens, and guided tram tours. 6-8 hours.

    Grand Ideas Garden

    This garden showcases thousands of plants, from perennials/annuals to vines and woody bushes, all labeled for education and inspiration. Maintained by master gardeners from the Michigan State University Extension office. 1 hour.

    Veldheer Tulip Gardens

    Visit this lakeshore attraction from the end of April through mid-May to wander through more than 5 million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses in bloom. A summer garden features Dutch lilies and other rare perennials.

    Windmill Island Gardens

    This lakeshore oasis features a 250 year-old working Dutch windmill towering 125’ above 36 acres of manicured gardens, dikes, canals and picnic areas. See tulips in the spring and annual plants and flowers in the summer.

     

    Events

    Tulip Time Festival

    Named America’s Best Small Town Festival, this annual event features hundreds of thousands of tulips in bloom, national entertainment acts, and events and activities for all ages. Held each May in Holland, just 30 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.