Traveling to a new city typically requires planning and research, especially for those living with disabilities. From accessible attractions to getting around the city, Experience Grand Rapids gathered information to help make visiting Grand Rapids easier for everyone.

Starting with transportation, the Grand Rapids bus system, The Rapid, has stops at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for visitors arriving by plane. All The Rapid's buses are accessible, with boarding ramps and spaces inside the bus for passengers in wheelchairs.

Red bus of Grand Rapids' downtown area shuttle (DASH)

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Those who would like to head somewhere off the public transportation route can call Reliable Medical Transport at 616.427.6414 two days prior to their desired travel date to schedule transportation. Visitors can also mention Disability Advocates of Kent County for a discount.

Once in the city, there are a variety of places to visit and things to do.

For art lovers, be sure to stop by the VandenBerg Calder Plaza where La Grande Vitesse by Alexander Calder stands.  The Grand Rapids Art Museum is accessible as well and is currently featuring a retrospective exhibition of prints, watercolors, and oil paintings by Grand Rapids native Reynold Weidenaar. Frederik Meijer Gardens also provides wide, accessible routes which are also well lit with chair and bench seating throughout.

And although ArtPrize concluded for this year, it’s never too early to start planning for ArtPrize 8. The AccessArt Lounge, designed by ArtPrize in partnership with Disability Advocates of Kent County, ensures that visitors who need a wheelchair, a quiet space, or resources to accommodate their individual needs have an easy access point to the event. The AccessArt Lounge is equipped with resources to help visitors with specialized mobility needs make the most of ArtPrize including a detailed guide of accessible locations and nearby restaurants.

Tram tour at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Art: I, you, she or he… by Jaume Plensa

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Looking for some entertainment? Jackson Botsford, accessibility specialist for Disability Advocates of Kent County said the DeVos Performance Hall provides accessible seating. “Rosa Parks Circle is a nice place to visit as well,” Botsford said and they offer a wide variety of entertainment during the summer months.

Visit the Disability Advocates of Kent County website for more information and resources.