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Pick Your Patio: Grand Rapids Offers Plenty of Outdoor Eating Spaces!

Everyone knows that summer flies by, so make sure you make it count.  Move the eating, drinking and being merry to a patio near you!  Recently, the Michigan laws regarding patio construction have been...more

Posted July 3, 2014

 

Downtown Walking Tour

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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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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