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There's so much to see in Grand Rapids and its surrounding areas that you'll want to explore it at your leisure. Here are a few themed ideas to help you on your way.
Lace up your sneakers for this 45-minute tour.
See the sculptures, murals and historic buildings of downtown GR.
Grab your Smartphone and explore the city with the help of QR Codes.
See the hot art that makes Grand Rapids a cool city.
Tour area breweries to learn why GR is Beer City USA.
See, shop, cook and dine on our agricultural bounty.
Encourage your kids to explore, learn and play at these tour stops.
Delve into the history and lifestyles of West Michigan peoples.
Find plenty of fun, active things to do for both kids and adults.
Explore and photograph our picturesque landscape.
Explore your passion - biking, hiking, golfing, fishing and more.
Let us introduce you to some extraordinary hidden gems.
Start in Grand Rapids and head to outlying areas for unique tastes.
Great art is everywhere you look in Grand Rapids – in museums and galleries, lining streets and spilling out of parks. Every fall, we host the world’s largest art competition. Discover our Hot Art and find art events that match your trip dates.
With restaurants that use fresh, local ingredients and markets that offer a tremendous variety of just-picked produce, Grand Rapids is one delicious destination. Explore our Hot Eats and find a restaurant that tickles your palate.
Grand Rapids is alive with the sound of music – every kind of music, every day of the week. Learn why this is a great city for Hot Tunes and find music events that suit your taste and your trip dates.
America’s best brewpub. The world’s third best brewery. Two of the planet’s top 10 beers. No wonder Grand Rapids was named Beer City U.S.A. in 2012 and 2013! Check out all the ways to enjoy our Great Beer.
Wherever you go in Grand Rapids, you’re never more than a few minutes away from a park, lake, river, golf course or hiking/biking trail. Every season offers endless opportunities for recreational fun. Explore our Grand Outdoors!
There are 18 amazing Lake Michigan beaches just a short drive away from downtown Grand Rapids – and one very popular in-town beach at the center of one of the nation’s largest urban greenspaces. Browse our Beaches.
From mega malls stocked with brand names to mini boutiques full of unique treasures, Grand Rapids offers a complete range of shopping experiences. Stores are close, convenient and friendly. Scan our Shopping options.
Grand Rapids offers big-city amenities without the big-city attitude. We cling tight to our small-town values – so expect friendly hellos, attentive service and pay-it-forward hospitality everywhere you go.