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So you love the out-of-doors-so does Grand Rapids. Miles of biking trails, parks, and a wide selection of outdoor experiences dot the landscape of Michigan's West Coast. From beaches and boating to hiking and biking, the area is rich with outdoor beauty. If you like driving in the country, experiencing farms, or hunting, this area has what you're looking for, too. Add to this, ice skating downtown and skiing and snowmobiling on the outskirts of the city and you'll understand why Michigan's West Coast is a year round place to stay.
From roller coasters and water rides to go-kart racing and miniature golf, Grand Rapids is chock-full of family-friendly adventure!
Millennium Park, one of the nation's largest urban greenspaces, includes a 100-acre lake with sandy beach frontage - and it's just four miles from downtown Grand Rapids. If you have a little more time, you can explore the incredible beaches of Lake Michigan - and see why Conde Nast Traveler named this one of the world's best 25 shorelines!
Adjacent to Gerald R. Ford Museum at Pearl St., downtown
North of 6th St. on Monroe Ave. NW, downtown on the Grand River
Monroe Ave. NW, on the Grand River
Monroe Center and Monroe Ave., downtown
Created by internationally known artist, Maya Lin. Water is featured in the frozen, liquid and vapor states. Concerts are held on summer evenings and ice skate rentals are provided in the winter. (616) 456-3696
Rogue River State Game Area
8 Mile Rd. & Division Ave.Sparta
White Pine Trail State Park
Michigan's longest rail-to-trail linear park stretches 92 miles from Comstock Park, north of downtown, to Cadillac. The trail is open to non-motorized activities such as walking, bicycling, jogging and cross-country skiing. (517) 373-9900
1415 Maynard Avenue SW
Its 1,500 acres include a sandy swimming beach, beach house, picnic facilities for families and groups, play areas, as well as paved trails for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating. (616) 336-3697
West Michigan is a leader in converting abandoned railroad tracks into bike trails - you'll find yourself pedaling through woodlands and wetlands, across streams and rivers, alongside quiet rural roads and majestic Lake Michigan.
Enjoy the natural beauty of a region carved by massive ice glaciers and nurtured by an abundance of life-giving waters. You're never far away from a perfect spot for picnicking, camping, birdwatching or just communing with nature.
Wherever you go in West Michigan, you're never more than six miles away from a lake, river or stream. Here are just a few ways to enjoy our water wonderland.
The unique climate of Lake Michigan makes this one of the nation's premier agricultural regions. Visit a working farm and sample the season's harvest!
Field & Stream Magazine named Grand Rapids the nation's sixth best fishing city. You can hook salmon and steelhead in the middle of downtown, and the outlying rivers and lakes are teeming with other freshwater species. Click here to get a fishing license.
Stretch your legs on a short jaunt through natural splendors just minutes from downtown - or make it a day on one of our long yet easy-to-follow scenic trails.
West Michigan is prime territory for White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, Water Fowl and Upland Game Birds. Click here for licensing information and hunting guides.
Experience the one-of-a-kind thrill of a dune buggy ride up, over and around Lake Michigan's towering sand dunes.
Lace up for an outdoor skate in the middle of downtown Grand Rapids, in an architecturally significant facility designed by artist Maya Lin.
From short-track stock-car racing to world-class drag racing to thoroughbred horse racing, we've got something for everyone!
Is it a workout or a sightseeing expedition? In West Michigan, it's both!
Winter fun for all ages - as close as 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.
We've got miles and miles of trails dedicated to this winter pursuit.