So Much to Love in Grand Rapids

We've been watching Grand Rapids transform its downtown over the last two decades. With each new addition... an arena, an expanded medical corridor, an indoor market, an event called ArtPrize, just to name a few... we think, "Wow, can it get any better than this?" Brilliantly, it does. It just keeps getting better. Grand Rapids is blessed with a rare mix of visionaries who get things done. We have a city government flexible enough to think outside of the box while still being responsible with our resources. We live in Grand Rapids and we love it. Here are just some of the reasons why:

55 Reasons Locals Love Grand Rapids

  1. We love watching movies outdoors downtown in the summer.
  2. We love our helpful downtown Ambassadors.
  3. We love watching the planes land from the Airport Viewing Area and the beautiful airport we have to thank for the pleasure.
  4. We love walking, wandering and taking in all the art during ArtPrize.
  5. We love the stunning lobby at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. (And the rest of the place, too)
  6. We love the outstanding breweries that helped crown us Beer City, USA.
  7. We love the view of the city from Belknap Hill (and its mural along I-196).
  8. We love walking over the Blue Bridge at night.
  9. We love eating Breakfast at Wolfgang's. or Real Food Cafe. or Cherie Inn. or Annas House. We can't decide.
  10. We love the first-rate shows that Broadway Grand Rapids brings to Grand Rapids.
  11. We love the miles and miles of mountain bike trails
  12. We love riding the Grand Rapids Public Museum's antique Carousel.
  13. We love carriage rides downtown.
  14. We love the breathtaking interior of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.
  15. We love making giant bubbles at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum.
  16. We love that the Civic Theater is the 5th largest community theatre in the nation.
  17. We love the fantastic mix of old and new downtown architecture.
  18. We love the dozens of missions and organizations where we can give back to our community and to those in need.
  19. We love shopping and dining at the Downtown Market.
  20. We love shopping the unique local businesses in Eastown.
  21. We love eating our way through different cultures at Festival of the Arts.
  22. We love running and cheering thousands of friends in the Amway River Bank Run.
  23. We love watching the fish climb the Fish Ladder.
  24. We love celebrating each season at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
  25. We love our heritage as Furniture City, USA!
  26. We love the sumptuous garden-fresh food at Fulton Street Farmers Market.
  27. We love creating Saturday afternoon masterpieces in the GRAMStudio at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
  28. We love watching Grand Rapids Drive shoot nothing but net.
  29. We love that we are the hometown of the 38th president and the Gerald R. Ford Museum.
  30. We love the countless local parent resources found at
  31. We love our innovative Grand Rapids Public Library.
  32. We love the artful performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony.
  33. We love the amazing doctors and staff that work at Helen Devos Children's Hospital.
  34. We love Heritage Hill walking tours.
  35. We love doing Gymnastics on Horseback at Karin's Horse Connection.
  36. We love seeing farm animals and more at the Kent County Youth Fair.
  37. We love Packing a Picnic and enjoying our scenic outdoors.
  38. We love that the Lakeshore is less than an hour away.
  39. We love the joy that Laugh Fest brings our community.
  40. We love delicious local eats like Electric Cheetah, Donkey Taqueria, San Chez, Brewery Vivant, HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Founders, The Green Well, Bombay Cuisine, Mangiamos, Rose's, Mitten Brewing Co.,and on and on.
  41. We love getting our coffee fix at Madcap.
  42. We love taking a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece Meyer May House.
  43. We love spending our days getting wet and riding bikes at Millennium Park
  44. We love taking in a show at the nation's first LEED Certified opera production facility, Opera Grand Rapids.
  45. We love biting into a pastry at Van's Pastry Shoppe.
  46. We love the city pools on hot summer days.
  47. We love laughing till we can't laugh anymore with River City Improv.
  48. We love summer concerts and winter ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle.
  49. We love Fall Colors and Harvest Fun.
  50. We love bouncing higher and higher at SkyZone.
  51. We love modern masterpieces at Urban Institute of Contemporary Art.
  52. We love Uptown antiquing and shopping. (And fab eats!)
  53. We love concert craziness at Van Andel Arena.
  54. We love running the bases after the game on family day with the Whitecaps.
  55. We love watching the tigers at John Ball Zoo.
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