Divided into east and west sections by the scenic Thornapple River, Cascade is situated about 15 minutes southeast of downtown Grand Rapids. It’s easily accessible from two major expressways and is home to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport as well as three exceptional golf courses and an assortment of shopping, dining and lodging options.
Where to Eat in Cascade
In addition to a wide range of national chain restaurants, Cascade is home to a diverse collection of wonderful independent eateries. The Gathering Place is a homey breakfast-and-brunch destination. Cascade Roadhouse is a rustic-chic restaurant in a renovated historic building. And Noto’s Old World Italian Dining has been serving classic Italian dishes since 1982.
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Where to Shop in Cascade
Shop for everything from fashions and sports gear to gifts and groceries.
What to Do in Cascade
Hit the links at Quail Ridge Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course known for its lush greenery, generous fairways, gentle hills – and five sets of tees on each hole.
Play an 18-hole round of disc golf at Cascade Township Park, which also features horseshoe and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, and a sand volleyball court.
Fish, canoe or kayak the Thornapple River from Leslie E. Tassell Park, named for the late auto-parts maker who called West Michigan home.
What to See in Cascade
See a panoramic view of the breathtaking Thornapple River as you golf Thornapple Pointe, an expansive championship course winding along 7,000 feet of river frontage.
See a concert at Cascade on the Boardwalk, the outdoor venue of JamnBean Coffee Company.
Local Cascade Favorites
Shaggy Pines Dog Park, rated one of the Top 10 Dog Parks in North America, is a great place to run, wash and play with your pet.
Leslie E. Tassel Park boasts an interactive fountain, wonderful sculptures, two picnic shelters and a fire pit.
The Cascade July 4th Celebration includes a parade, book sale, games, rides, music and fireworks.
Cascade Hidden Gems
Bell’s Brew Pub at Gerald R. Ford International Airport is a satellite location of Bell’s Brewery, the Kalamazoo-based craft brewer ranked among the nation’s largest.
Koetsier’s is a family-owned and operated greenhouse with a planting party area – Bloomstudio – that hosts regular instruction and inspiration events.
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