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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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    Attractions

    Places Rated Almanac ranked Grand Rapids as the #3 city in the nation for fun and recreation. Probably because we combine the cultural diversions of a cosmopolitan city with the spectacular recreation of an outdoor paradise.

    Click on the links below to check out some of the most popular attractions in Grand Rapids. Or use the search engine to find attractions that suit your specific interests.

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    One of the world's top 30 must-see museums.

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    Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Newsweek magazine promptly named it one of the best buildings of the year! (2007)

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    Children's Museum

    Celebrate childhood and the joy of learning!

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    GR Public Museum

    Explore the history of Grand Rapids,the planetarium or ride the 1928 carousel.

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    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

    Learn about native son and 38th President, Gerald Ford.

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    John Ball Zoo

    This classic urban zoo is located two miles west of downtown Grand Rapids.

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    Urban Institute for Contemporary Art

    UICA features gallery exhibitions of work from artists throughout the year.

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