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My Grand Rapids Art Outdoor Artist Profile: Alex Gilford

Earlier this month, Experience Grand Rapids announced the names of 5 artists whose works will be featured on billboards around the state this summer. A juried panel selected their artwork from over 25...more

Posted June 30, 2015


The Grand Outdoors

Grand Rapids Sailboats in the Sunset

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.

Family Fun Parks

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!

City Parks

Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Adjacent to Gerald R. Ford Museum at Pearl St., downtown

Canal Street Park

North of 6th St. on Monroe Ave. NW, downtown on the Grand River

Riverside Park

Monroe Ave. NW, on the Grand River

Rosa Parks Circle

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

Millennium Park

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.

Parks & Preserves

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.

Download a map of area 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.

Dune Rides

Experience the one-of-a-kind thrill of a dune buggy ride up, over and around Lake Michigan's towering sand dunes.

Ice Skating

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!

Cross-Country Skiing

Is it a workout or a sightseeing expedition? In West Michigan, it's both!

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

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.

Rosa Parks Circle Skating in Grand Rapids Wildflowers in Grand Rapids