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John Ball Zoo Offers Summer Learning Opportunities for the Whole Family

Looking for some opportunities for fun, learning, and up-close experiences with animals this summer? A whole world of learning fun waits for kids - and adults - at John Ball Zoo.  Visitors have the ch...more

Posted May 28, 2015


Trail Biking in Grand Rapids

Michigan boasts the largest rail-trail system in the U.S. (Rails-Trails are old railroad lines converted to recreational use.) Hundreds of miles of these and other trails are located in West Michigan.

Cyclists on bridge in Grand RapidsFred Meijer M-6 Trail. Runs for nine miles paralleling Michigan Highway 6 just south of Grand Rapids.

Kent Trails. Beginning just outside John Ball Zoo, Kent Trails threads throughout the city. You'll pass everything from industrial sites to rural farmland as the trail winds over and along the Grand River.

Millennium Park. One of the nation's largest urban greenspaces, Millennium Park offers nearly 20 miles of all-purpose trail for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating. Connects to Kent Trails.

Musketawa Trail. This scenic 25-mile trail runs from just northwest of downtown Grand Rapids all along to the lakeshore.

Mayor's Bike Ride in Grand RapidsWhite Pine Trail State Park. At 93.5 miles, this is Michigan's longest rail-trail. Enter the trailhead just north of downtown Grand Rapids and ride through swamps, forests, open farmland, towns and cities.

Reeds Lake Trail. This 4.2-mile trail circles around a picturesque lake just steps away from the charming shopping and dining district of East Grand Rapids.

Click here for a map of West Michigan trails.