Whoever said nothing in life is free hasn't been to Kent County, Michigan. The greater Grand Rapids area offers a wide variety of no-cost activities to keep you busy throughout the fall. So take out your planner and get moving - here are 15 ideas for fun, free things to do this autumn!

<i>Harvest Dome 3.0</i> by SLO Architecture was one of the many projects entered in ArtPrize 2018.

Harvest Dome 3.0 by SLO Architecture was one of the many projects entered in ArtPrize 2018.

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1. ArtPrize and Project 1

Roam the streets of Grand Rapids and experience over 1,500 pieces of art for free!
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Beautiful fall weather and dozens of nearby courses make Grand Rapids a disc golfer's paradise.
Disc golfing in Grand Rapids

Beautiful fall weather and dozens of nearby courses make Grand Rapids a disc golfer's paradise.

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2. Disc Golfing

Get your disc on at free disc golf courses at Brewer Park, Fallasburg and Johnson Park.
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3. Geocaching

Geocaching is a fun, family-friendly activity available in all Kent County parks, and a great way to get out into the fresh air.
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Mountain biking trails in Cannonsburg Ski Area.

Mountain biking trails in Cannonsburg Ski Area.

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4. Kent Trails

Take your bike, shoes etc. out for a walk on Kent Trails. Explore 15 miles of non-motorized trails with parking in five different county parks.
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5. Eastown Street Fair

The Eastown Street Fair features arts, crafts. music and of course food. Bring the whole family and enjoy the celebration.
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Fallasburg Park offers plenty amenities including three playgrounds, fishing, disc golf, hiking trails, and a bridge built in 1871 that you can still drive over.

Fallasburg Park offers plenty amenities including three playgrounds, fishing, disc golf, hiking trails, and a bridge built in 1871 that you can still drive over.

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6. Fallasburg Covered Bridge

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fallasburg Covered Bridge near Lowell is one of only three covered bridges in Michigan that allows car traffic. While you are there, be sure to check out Fallasburg School in Fallasburg Historical Village, one of the oldest schoolhouse buildings in the Lowell area.
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Enjoy the exhibits featured in the Grand Rapids Art Museum Gallery.

Enjoy the exhibits featured in the Grand Rapids Art Museum Gallery.

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7. Grand Rapids Art Museum

Every Tuesday Grand Rapids Art Museum is free---take time out of your day to take in some amazing art.
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8. Rockford Harvest Festival

The Rockford Harvest Festival features musical entertainment, a chili cook-off and a petting zoo among other fun and free activities. Plan a trip to wander the city, build a scarecrow and take a hayride through the downtown streets.
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9. Movies in the Park at Reeds Lake

You can still catch two free movies on the shore of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids. Don't forget your lawn chair and blanket!
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10. Story Time in Rivertown Crossings Mall

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Barnes and Noble at Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville offers a preschool story time at 10:30. Hear classic and current children's stories and even make a craft.
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11. Lookout Park

Take a picnic to Lookout Park and take-in its views of the city and the Grand River.
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Gerald R. Ford Airport

Gerald R. Ford Airport

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12. Gerald R Ford International Airport

Did you know on average 200 planes take off and land every day at Gerald R Ford International Airport? And they are all fun to watch from the observatory area, open from 7:00 am 10:00 pm located on Kraft Avenue north of 52nd Street.
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Meyer May House

Meyer May House

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13. Meyer May House

Visit the Meyer May house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1908-09 it is called Michigan's Prairie masterpiece for its classic Prairie School era styling.
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14. Urban HayDay

Featuring live music, hayrides, pumpkin carving and much more, Urban HayDay is an annual fall festival that the entire family can enjoy!
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15. Ada Historical Society at Averill Historical Museum

The Averill Museum in Ada, operated by the Ada Historical Society, is open Friday and Saturday afternoons from 1-4. Enjoy the old time flower and vegetable garden tended by several local master gardeners.
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