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2015 Visitors Guide

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Bottoms Up! The Best Hotel Beer Packages In Grand Rapids

When I'm not out and about in Grand Rapids, you can generally find me working at The Mitten Brewing Company, a local pizzeria and brew pub that opened in 2012.  From a server/beertender point of view?...more

Posted July 2, 2015


Self-Guided Tours

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.

Walking Tours

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Downtown Walking Tour

Lace up your sneakers for this 45-minute tour.

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Outdoor Sculpture & Historic Building Tour

See the sculptures, murals and historic buildings of downtown GR.

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Grand Rapids Tag Tour

Grab your Smartphone and explore the city with the help of QR Codes.


Driving Tours



See the hot art that makes Grand Rapids a cool city.

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Beer Tour

Tour area breweries to learn why GR is Beer City USA.

Sample Intineraries/Tours


Explore farm markets, country roads and natural beauty of nature.

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Food Trail

See, shop, cook and dine on our agricultural bounty.

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Fun for Kids

Encourage your kids to explore, learn and play at these tour stops.

Heritage hill house


Delve into the history and lifestyles of West Michigan peoples.

Ropes Course


Find plenty of fun, active things to do for both kids and adults.

Historic Sites

Scenic Beauty

Explore and photograph our picturesque landscape.

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Sports & Recreation

Explore your passion - biking, hiking, golfing, fishing and more.

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Unique Finds

Let us introduce you to some extraordinary hidden gems.

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Wine Tour

Start in Grand Rapids and head to outlying areas for unique tastes.



    Top 10 Reasons to Visit

    Art Aplenty

    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. More

    Farm-Fresh Food

    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. More

    Lively Live Music

    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. More

    Best Beers

    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. More

    Natural Wonder

    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! More

    Beach Bounty

    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. More

    Retail Therapy

    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. More

    Museum Magic

    Explore the unique culture of Grand Rapids at a series of first-rate museums and historic sites. Learn about art, nature, presidential history, planets, childhood discovery and more at these Museums. More

    Hospitality Plus

    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. More

    Connecting Point

    Location, affordability and all-ages appeal make Grand Rapids a great place to connect with your favorite people. Get together for a friend meetup, family reunion, girls’ getaway, or men’s weekend. More