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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    East Grand Rapids
    A charming business district, all-season sports lake and beautifully maintained parks and homes distinguish this family-oriented suburb.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Fun for Kids

    Forbes Magazine says Grand Rapids is America's best city for raising a family - thanks in part to these kid-friendly attractions!

    Grand Rapids Children's Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of learning with interactive, hands-on exhibits that inspire learning and encourage self-directed exploration.

    The Grand Rapids Public Museum, less than a mile west, offers something for every age and interest - including a working antique carousel, lifelike animal habitats and a planetarium.

    John Ball Zoo is just 1.5 miles away. See 2,000 animals, visit the petting zoo, ride the four-story zipline, tackle the sky trail ropes course and much more.

    Just across the street is an access point for Kent Trails, a 15-mile paved trail for hiking and biking. It will take you alongside the Grand River to Millennium Park, which encompasses a six-acre beach, swimming lake, SplashPad and even more trails. You can also drive the four miles to the park.

    You're just five miles away from Rivertown Crossings, a kid-favorite shopping mall with 100+ stores, a 20-screen movie theater and a working carousel.

    It's a 10-minute drive to Craig's Cruisers, a family fun center with indoor and outdoor go-karts and kiddie karts, min golf carts, bumper boats, laser tag and the area's largest game room.

    Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is 20 minutes away. It includes a children's garden with sensory plantings, log cabin, treehouse, water features and more. There's plenty of indoor fun, too - like Butterflies are Blooming, an annual exhibit of 6,000 butterflies flying free in a tropical conservatory (March/April).

    The West Michigan Whitecaps, a Detroit Tigers affiliate, play in a classic baseball park 10 minutes away. The Whitecaps offer family-friendly promotions from April - August.

    Riverside Park, less than three miles away, offers a disc golf course with huge trees and challenging water. Bring a picnic lunch!

    Short Drive

    No kid can resist the charms of Lake Michigan beaches - great for swimming, sunbathing, kite flying and more. They're just a 30-40 minute drive from downtown Grand Rapids.

    Also along the lakeshore:

    Grand Haven's waterfront musical fountain is a choreographed extravaganza of lights, music and water.

    Saugatuck Dune Rides offers fun, exciting tours over and around the towering sand dunes of Lake Michigan.

    Michigan's Adventure, Michigan's largest amusement and water park, has more than 60 rides for all ages.

    Nelis' Dutch Village is a theme park celebrating the area's Dutch heritage, complete with a giant wooden shoe slide, a working antique carousel, petting zoo and more.

    Tell us what kids' stuff you'd add to this self-guided tour!