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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.
    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.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Things to Do with Kids in Grand Rapids

    Family Fun in Grand Rapids means fun-filled activities and events for all ages.


    Here are a few of our favorites:

    Lena Meijer Children's Garden @ Meijer Gardens

    Includes a multitude of fun educational activities, like a Great Lakes water feature – you might want to bring a change of clothes!…

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    John Ball Zoo

    Home to more than 1,100 animals from five continents with hand-on activities.

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    Children's Museum

    Celebrate childhood and the joy of learning!

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    Spectator Sports

    Whitecaps Baseball, Griffins Hockey, Drive Basketball and GR Football (soccer) Club!

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    Shopping in GR

    Shopping malls, outlet mall, neighborhood shops - fun for all ages!

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    Biking & Recreation

    Biking, hiking, trail walking or any other recreational activities are a must here!

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