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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.
Michigan Outdoor Recreation – Beyond Fun

With four distinct and gorgeous seasons, there’s no end to the fun that outdoor enthusiasts have year-round in Kent...

Experience Grand Rapids
October 22, 2019
Medical Innovation Built on Big Data

West Michigan is becoming a magnet for collaboration in medical research, innovation and care. This is the second of two...

Experience Grand Rapids
September 24, 2019
Grand Rapids: a hub for medical research and innovation

West Michigan is becoming a magnet for collaboration in medical research, innovation and care. This is the first in a...

Experience Grand Rapids
August 13, 2019
Reimagining Trash

The people of West Michigan have a deep love for the Great Lakes, the surrounding watershed and the other natural...

Experience Grand Rapids
July 9, 2019
Plastics Industry Refocuses on Sustainability

When it comes to caring for our planet, we all have a role. Many manufacturers in the plastics industry take that role...

Experience Grand Rapids
June 5, 2019

The Rapid Exchange Blog

Perspectives on enriching our community.