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Get Ready for the 2014 Meijer State Games

Let the competition begin! The fifth annual Meijer State Games, scheduled for June 20-22 this year, will feature more than 7,000 athletes competing in 40 different sporting events at venues throughout...more

Posted April 24, 2014

 

Downtown Walking Tour

Pantlind Lobby
Pantlind Lobby
This ten-block downtown walking tour covers less than three-quarters of a mile - but it takes you all the way from Berlin to Vietnam!

Start at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to experience history made real - through fossilized dinosaur remains, American Indian artifacts, a chunk of the Berlin Wall and much more.

Cross the street to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to review the life and times of our native son, the 38th President of the U.S. You can pay respect to the President and Mrs. Ford, who are interred on the grounds.

Walk directly east through Ah-Nab-Awen Park, once the site of a Native American Village, to the historic Blue Bridge that crosses the Grand River.

Cross the bridge to the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and stop at the concierge desk for a self-guided tour brochure. You'll be dazzled by the history and luxury of the original 1913 structure and its soaring glass tower addition.

Ready for a break? Ask a passerby to point you in the direction of the Starbucks coffee shop inside the hotel.

Walk one block east to the Waters Building on the northwest corner of Pearl and Ottawa. Note the Chicago-style construction of an exterior steel frame with masonry cladding. Go inside to admire the building's century-old woodwork and chandeliers.

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Apr 24 2014

May 7 – May 3

Growing Up Grand

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Casting Crowns "Thrive" Tour

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THINGS TO DO

Grand Rapids is a destination like no other: art, culture, dining, and nightlife. From a hip and friendly downtown to an endless array of outdoor activities, Grand Rapids will surprise, excite and delight you!
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Maps and Transportation

Psst! One of Grand Rapids' best kept secrets is ...getting around. Grand Rapids is only a few hours' drive from most major midwestern cities. Maps, Drive times ... more