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Posted April 17, 2014

 

Fall Fun in Grand Rapids


Fall fun at FMG
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Come celebrate the beauty and bounty of fall in Grand Rapids:

Take a self-guided Fall Color Tour that runs through lush stands of forest, bustling family farms and charming covered bridges. Or follow our Scenic Beauty route that starts and ends downtown. Either way, bring your camera!

Enjoy fall colors, a pancake breakfast and a hot soup lunch at the Colorburst Charity Bicycle Tour. Choose from various ride distances and terrains. Benefits Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other local charities. October 12.

The Cultural Experience Bus Tour is an enjoyable and informative way to discover Grand Rapids history, fun facts, culinary delights and hotspots. October 17.

Chrysanthemums and More! at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park features hundreds of fall's favorite flowers in colorful bloom amidst soaring sculptures. September 30 - October 27.

Also at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park:
Tree-mendous Kids' Tram Tours - an engaging experience all about trees, including why they change color. September 7 - October 26.
Fall Bonsai Show - see bonsai trees in every stage of development and purchase hard-to-find bonsai supplies.
Giant Pumpkins at Michigan's Farm Garden - featuring gargantuan pumpkins weighing hundreds of pounds, plus pumpkin cooking demonstrations. October 19-20.

Visit up to 20 family farms during Kent Harvest Trails, an annual harvest festival featuring farm markets, corn mazes, hay rides, kids' activities and so much more. Through the end of October.

Every season is bacon season. Which makes this the perfect time for BaCon - a fun-filled, walk-around tasting event featuring creative bacon dishes from the area's best chefs, plus bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. November 2 at The DeltaPlex Arena.

Check out our fall suggestions for Family Fun, Girls' Getaways and Mens' Weekends. There's some great Live Music performances this fall, too!

Halloween Thrills

For Kids and Families:

Ride The Famous Pumpkin Train - the 90-minute journey through family farms and fields features on-board entertainment and ends with kids picking their own pumpkins from the track-side patch. Saturdays and Sundays, September 28 - October 27.

Trunk or Treat at Whistlestop Park is a free, safe, friendly kids' trick-or-treat event offering great goodies, balloon animals, a bounce house, petting zoo and hayride. October 19.

Zoo Goes Boo! At John Ball Zoo offers kooky-not-spooky fun, with trick or treating, kids' activities, entertainment and more. October 25-27.

For Older Teens and Adults:

Grand Rapids Ballet presents Dracula, a mesmerizing dance production scare-ifed with dramatic lights, ghoulish props and haunting projections. October 25 - November 1.

GRBarcrawl's Annual Halloween Crawl is a high-energy party bus excursion to five local hotspots. Costumes encouraged! October 26.

Halloween On Ionia is a street party boasting Michigan's largest cash prize for best costume. Heated tents, games, street cuisine, DJs and more. From 2 pm-midnight October 26.

Zombie Dash is a five-kilometer sunset run through "post-apocalyptic" downtown Grand Rapids. Dodge the zombies to stay alive! October 26.

Haunted Attractions:

The Witches of New Salem beckon you to enter haunted woods and the haunted maze for after-dark chills. September 27 - November 2.

The Haunt offers a host of terror-filled experiences in one 20,000-sq. ft. compound of fear. Hollywood-quality sets, lighting and special effects. October 4 - November 2.

Forest of Fear is a 1/3-mile outdoor path haunted by the undead and all sorts of ghastly creatures. It's the area's only charity haunt. October 10 - November 2.

Hotel Package

Culture Pass

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Includes a $40 breakfast credit, self or valet parking at the hotel, One Culture Pass Grand Rapids, and a 20% discount to Plaza Essentials and the Plaza Men's Store.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Culture Pass GR Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Includes a $40 gift card for breakfast, self or valet parking at the hotel, one Culture Pass Grand Rapids that gives you discounts to many of the areas top attractions, a 20% discount at Plaza Essentials and Plaza Men's Store and use of the Plaza Fitness Center

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Culture Pass Grand Rapids Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Country Inn & Suites East Beltline

Included is our hot and cold deluxe breakfast buffet, two tickets to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one Culture Pass with discounts to over 20 cultural locations in and around Grand Rapids, complimentary parking, and wireless internet. Package starts at $129.99 p/tax.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
CULTURE

Old Fashioned Fun in Grand Rapids, MI

Always Available
Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids Airport

Have some old fashioned fun at the Public Museum! Offer includes: General admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for up to four guests Four carousel rides 10% off total purchases at the museum cafe and curiosity shop Swimming in our indoor pool after a long day of fun Daily breakfast, featuring waffles with syrup and whipped cream Terms and Conditions Guests will receive the Grand Rapids Public Museum package voucher at check-in.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Culture Pass GR

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

Includes one Culture Pass GR, hot breakfast for 2 adults and children 12 and under registered to the same room and self or valet parking at the hotel.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
ES2

The Culture Pass GR Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

Play tourist - Take in all the well-known and little-known sights while you soak up local culture. The Culture Pass GR Package includes: - Deluxe Accommodations - One Culture Pass Grand Rapids featuring promotions and discounts at many area attractions (Visit www.culturepassgr.com for offer details) - Hot breakfast for two adults and two children 12 years of age and under registered in the same room in the Bistro - Self parking for one vehicle in the hotel ramp - Not valid for groups of 10 or more

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
CUE

Meijer Gardens

Always Available
Holiday Inn Express Grand Rapids Southwest

Package includes the free hot express start breakfast in the morning and 2 tickets to Meijer Gardens. More tickets can be bought at the gardens. The hotel also has an indoor pool and spa. Rates vary depending on room type and start $129.99 and up plus tax.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly
Booking Code
Meijer Garden

Dinosaurs Unearthed Package

January 07, 2014 – April 26, 2014
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Your package includes overnigh accommodations for 2 adults and 2 children, a $20.00 food and beverage credit for the Pearl Street Grill, 2 adult/2 children's passes to the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit, 4 carousel tokens, and a 10% discount at the Museum Cafe and Curiosity Shop.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Lego Dream It Build It

March 01, 2014 – August 30, 2014
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

The Lego Dream It Build It Exhibit is coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum and with our package you can enjoy a day full of fun with the family! Our package includes room accommodations, 2 adult 2 children general admissions to the Museum plus the Lego Exhibit, 20 USD credit at our delicious Pearl Street Grill Restaurant or Lounge, 4 Carousel tokens and 10% off dis count in the Museum Cafe and Curiosity Shop.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
IJHD3

Lego Dream It Build It

March 01, 2014 – August 30, 2014
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

The Lego Dream It Build It Exhibit is coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum and with our package you can enjoy a day full of fun with the family! Our package includes room accommodations, 2 adult 2 children general admissions to the Museum plus the Lego Exhibit, 20 USD credit at our delicious Pearl Street Grill Restaurant or Lounge, 4 Carousel tokens and 10% off dis count in the Museum Cafe and Curiosity Shop.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
IJHD3

Get Cultured in Grand Rapids

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Homewood Suites by Hilton

Get Cultured in Grand Rapids! Included in this package are overnight accommodations at our newly renovated upscale extended stay hotel, hot breakfast buffet daily, dinner Monday thru Thursday, Buy One-Get One Free pass from Fredrik Meijer Gardens and discount passes to over 20 area non-profit arts and cultural organizations.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Grand Rapids Culture Pass Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids - South

Enjoy one Culture Pass per stay, per guestroom. Valid for special offers with a number of participating venues in downtown Grand Rapids. For a current list of venues visit www.culturepassgr.com. Call to Book Now! 616-724-1234 ext. 0 or 1-888-HYATT-HP

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Breakfast Package

Always Available
JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Enjoy a fabulous night out and a relaxing morning in at the JW. Rates starting at $199 plus tax for Standard room. Breakfast Package includes: Deluxe overnight accommodations (Friday or Saturday night) Complimentary self-parking Breakfast for two adults and two children at six.one.six Contact us for reservations.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Got Culture Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Discover Grand Rapids Play tourist. Take in all the well-known and little-known sights while you soak up local culture. Includes all of the following: - Deluxe Accommodations (1 King or 2 Queen Beds) - One Culture Pass Grand Rapids featuring promotions and discounts at many area attractions (Visit www.culturepassgr.com for offer details) - Breakfast buffet for two adults and two children 12 years of age and under registered in the same room in Six One Six (Not valid for a la carte or In-Room Dining) - Self parking for one vehicle (USD16.00 value)

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
CUE

Got Culture Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Includes one Culture Pass GR, breakfast buffet in six.one.six for 2 adults and children 12 and under registered to the same room and self parking in the hotel ramp.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
ES2

Culture Pass GR Package

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

Experience the culture of Grand Rapids! Reserve a one night stay in a king or two queens and enjoy the complimentary breakfast, wireless internet, peaceful surroundings, and close distance to all of the Grand Rapids Culture.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Frederik Meijer Gardens Package

November 01, 2011 – November 01, 2023
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

Come visit one of Grand Rapids most prized attractions. The Frederik Meijer Gardens is ready for you to come and explore it. Whether traveling alone or with your family the Frederik Meijer Gardens will keep your day packed full of adventures. Attractions such as the Children's Garden, Tropical Conservatory, Arid Garden or the Carnivorous Plant House are just a few stops in your day. Visiting relatives during the holidays? Don't miss out on the "Christmas and Holidays Traditions around the World". You and your family will enjoy the spirit of the season while taking a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, hopping on the trolley or riding on the train around the Railway Garden, the choice is yours! This package includes two tickets to the Gardens ($24 value), and we are just a mile down the road from the Gardens.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Old Fashioned Fun Package

November 01, 2011 – November 01, 2023
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has many full time exhibits and special exhibits that will intrigue everyone. Stop by and see the history of furniture city, stroll the old streets of Grand Rapids, or go on a scavenger hunt through the hallways. You can also take a ride on a carousel from 1928 above the Grand River. Offer includes: General admission to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for up to four guests, 2 adults and 2 children, Four carousel rides, 10% off total purchases at the museum cafe and curiosity shop, and enjoy our new bedding package, complimentary wireless internet, and complimentary hot breakfast to get your day started right.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Frederik Meijer Gardens Package

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes overnight accommodations, a $25.00 Old Chicago Certificate, complimentary round trip shuttle transportation, and two adult passes to Frederik Meijer Gardens (children’s passes available at ticket counter at gardens) starting at $139.00.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Get-A-Way & Play

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes deluxe overnight accommodations for up to four people, four Castaway Bay wristbands, and a Craig’s Cruisers entertainment voucher that includes four passes to Craig’s Incredible Pizza Buffet, Craig’s Cruisers activity passes and 20 Game Credits, starting at $139.00.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Island Birthday Party Package

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes ten Castaway Bay wrist bands, two large one-topping pizzas, three 2-liter Pepsi products, $10 in game tokens, all for $179.00 + tax. (package valid Sundays only) Call hotel directly for booking - (616) 949-9222

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Pizza Plunge Package

Always Available
Ramada Plaza Hotel

Includes overnight accommodations in a standard king or two double, a 2-liter bottle Pepsi product, one large one-topping pizza, and four Castaway Bay passes, starting at $119.00.

Booking Method
Visit Their Website

Culture Pass Grand Rapids

October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Riverfront Hotel-Grand Rapids

Package Includes: Weekday $119.00 Weekend $139.00 Room with a King bed of 2 Double beds with a River view (based on availability) Free breakfast vouchers for up to 2 adults and 2 children in The Landing Restaurant. One Complimentary Culture Pass Grand Rapids; giving discounts and special offers from 24 local organizations. Complimentary late check out up to 1:00 pm.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly

Explore Grand Rapids Package

June 01, 2013 – May 31, 2014
Riverfront Hotel-Grand Rapids

Package includes: Weekday $129 Weekend $149 Room with a King bed or 2 Double beds with a River view (Based on availability). 2 Admission tickets to one of the following Grand Rapids attractions: *Frederick Meijer Gardens *Grand Rapids Art Museum *Gerald R. Ford Museum Free breakfast vouchers for up to 2 Adults and 2 Children in The Landing Restaurant. Complimentary late check out up to 1:00 pm.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly
Dates Unavailable
12/31/13

Weekend Stay and Play Package

June 01, 2013 – May 31, 2014
Riverfront Hotel-Grand Rapids

Package includes: Stay Friday and Saturday night in a room of your choice at the Standard rate, get Sunday night FREE. Free breakfast voucher for up to 2 Adults in The Landing Restaurant Complimentary late check out up to 2 pm.

Booking Method
Call Hotel Directly
Dates Unavailable
12/31/13