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About Grand Rapids

Get ready to be wowed - Grand Rapids never fails to surprise visitors with the huge variety of things to see and do here: World-renowned art, museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers. World-class golf, recreation and beaches for nature lovers. Incredible farm-to-table restaurants for foodies and wholesome "playcation" fun for families.

It's all topped off by the most vibrant downtown between Chicago and Cleveland - all the benefits of a big city with none of the hassle.

Check out more Things to Do in detail or explore what make Grand Rapids a Cool City!

All about Grand Rapids!

History of
Grand Rapids

From Furniture City to Beer City - Grand Rapids history is full of art and...

President Ford & Betty Ford

One of the most iconic couples, President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford spent...

Grand Rapids

Downtown Grand Rapids offers a variety of entertainment, dining, shopping...


Grand Rapids has 8 distinct destination neighborhoods to explore each with...

Grand Rapids Regions

The Grand Rapids is made up of many surrounding communities with their own...

Beach Towns

Coastal towns with unique shops, beaches and lighthouses!

Colleges & Universities

Grand Rapids is a college town with at least 15 institutions of higher...

EXGR Recognitions

We're proud of our accomplishments - Check them out!

Eco Friendly

You live a green lifestyle and you want your travel experiences to reflect...

A Grand Investment
Ongoing series exploring the business landscape of Grand Rapids.
Convention center helps saves lives during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic called for rapid and innovative responses from Michigan’s government, business, nonprofit and...

Experience Grand Rapids
July 27, 2021
Grand Rapids continues its "Beer City" tradition

Grand Rapids first earned its Beer City USA moniker in 2012. Since then, its reputation for quality craft brews has...

Experience Grand Rapids
July 1, 2021
Sports in Grand Rapids: What it takes to be #1 in the minor leagues

Entrepreneurs with three things in common – a love of sports, a deep commitment to community and a vision– were the...

Experience Grand Rapids
June 1, 2021
Grand Rapids' Airport is Full of Art

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA, or GRR as it is known locally) became home to an impressive art...

Experience Grand Rapids
May 26, 2021
Grand Rapids breweries within walking distance of the convention center

Grand Rapids was first dubbed Beer City USA in 2012. Since then, its reputation, and the reason for it, has only grown....

Experience Grand Rapids
May 13, 2021

The Rapid Exchange Blog

Perspectives on enriching our community.