Does your group have only a single day to get a feel and flavor of Grand Rapids? No problem – we’ve assembled this easy-to-manage itinerary of group-friendly attractions and activities that highlights some of the city’s key assets. (Spoiler alert: it will leave your group wanting more … which is why we’ve also created a three day itinerary for a return trip.)

Old car on display at Grand Rapids Public Museum
Meyer May House

The Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Meyer May House both offer unique, historical experiences for visitors.

Photo by Brian Craig for Experience GR

Morning Activities

Start the day with a tour of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, downtown on the riverfront. This state-of-the-art entertainment/education center features interactive history and natural science exhibitions. Visitors will marvel at the region's furniture-making tradition as well as the culture of Native Americans. Ride a restored 1928 carousel and experience life a century ago on the "Streets of Old Grand Rapids." (2 hours) 

Next stop is Heritage Hill, a nationally recognized historic district embracing over 60 architectural styles from early Victorian to the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Various homes dating from the 1840s to the 1920s are available for guided tours. (1½ hours)

Take an elevator to the Downtown Market's second floor to enjoy its greenhouse and rain gardens.
Downtown Market Grand Rapids

The Downtown Market is home to 20+ diverse restaurants and artisan food vendors.

Photo by Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Every member of your group will find something to enjoy at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, which is home to 20+ diverse restaurants and artisan food vendors. After your meal, you can shop the Market for food staples and gifts, and visit the rooftop greenhouse.

Tram tour at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Art: I, you, she or he… by Jaume Plensa
Tasting wine at the Robinette's winery.

Take a tram tour at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and make time for wine tasting at Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery.

Photo by Experience Grand Rapids

Afternoon Activities

Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, #45 on the list of the world’s most visited art museums. This 158-acre oasis in the city features breathtaking botanic gardens and more than 200 works of art by world-renowned sculptors. A tram takes visitors on nature trails through meadows and woods as guides provide information on sited sculptures – such as the magnificent 24-foot-tall American Horse inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Interior spaces include Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory, arid and Victorian gardens, art galleries, a café and gift shop.  (1½ - 2 hours)

Follow up the Gardens with a stop at nearby Robinette's Apple Haus & Gift Barn. This family-owned and operated fruit farm offers a market, cider mill, winery and bakery with delicious homemade baked goods. Its century-old gift barn is also stocked with fine collectibles. (1 hour)

Brewery Vivant - Outdoor Dining

Enjoy a meal worthy of the city’s status as a Top 20 U.S. Foodie City.

Photo by Experience Grand Rapids


End your day in Grand Rapids with a meal worthy of the city’s status as a Top 20 U.S. Foodie City. These restaurants reflect the incredible range of our culinary offerings – and they can all seat groups of 55 or more!

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