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    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.
    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.


    Just 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, the city of Rockford brims with small-town charm and ambiance. A quaint downtown, situated on the banks of the scenic Rogue River, bustles with activity. Nearby lakes, trails, parks and golf courses provide abundant recreation opportunities. Friendly and family-oriented, picturesque and relaxing, Rockford is one of West Michigan’s premier destinations.

    Where to Eat in Rockford

    Eat your way onto the Hot Dog Hall of Fame at The Corner Bar, a Rockford tradition since 1935. Enjoy a spectacular meal with a spectacular view at Reds on the River. Have a hearty breakfast at Cedar Rock Café. Get a sweet treat at Custard by the Dam.

    Where to Shop in Rockford

    Start downtown, where the sidewalks are lined with unique shops and boutiques.

    What to Do in Rockford

    Travel the beautiful Rogue River by canoe, kayak or tube float – you can rent them all at AAA Canoe Rental.

    Mountain bike the Merrell Trail, West Michigan’s only true flow trail, featuring fast descents, tabletop jumps, and elevated bridges and structures.

    Walk or bike the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail as it runs through Rockford along the Rogue River – you can follow it all the way to Grand Rapids!

    What to See in Rockford

    See the Rogue River from the vantage point of the Rockford Dam Overlook – it’s ideal for picnicking and fishing.

    See a movie at NorthStar Cinemas – great prices on first-run movies and concessions.

    See a baseball or softball game at Art Van Sports Complex, a championship-caliber facility with eight fields (and counting!).

    Local Rockford Favorites

    Harvest Fest is three weekends of family fun – including games, parades, hayrides, a chili cook-off, car show and more – in September and October.

    Rogue River Blues is a free outdoor concert series that runs every Tuesday evening from June to August.

    North Kent Golf Course offers country-club amenities at public-course rates – the pristinely manicured 18-hole course includes an all-grass driving range and challenging practice putting green.

    Rockford Hidden Gems

    The Underground Bar is a stylish throwback to the prohibition-era speakeasy, serving cocktails made with premium spirits from Artesian Distillery, the Grand Rapids area’s first liquor distillery.

    Rockford Footwear Depot is the retail outlet of Rockford’s very own Wolverine Worldwide, the shoe manufacturer whose brands include CAT, Harley Davidson Hush Puppies, Merrell, Saucony and Sebago.