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  • Downtown
    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.

    The Grand Outdoors

    America’s Best River Town. America’s Best Mountain Biking Town. America’s 6th Best Fishing City. One of America’s Top 10 Waterfront Towns.

    A lot of people associate Grand Rapids with big-city excitement. We’ve certainly got plenty of that. But we’re also fortunate to enjoy a spectacular natural playground – one that’s earned kudos like those above from the experts at Outside, Field & Stream, and National Geographic Adventure magazines.

    The “Grand Outdoors” video series introduces you to a few of the many ways you can play, relax and have fun in the fresh, clean air of Grand Rapids and Kent County. Take a look – then come explore our outdoor offerings for yourself!

    The Grand Outdoors

    Start your journey with this overview of the area’s outdoor recreation opportunities.


    Alive with Water

    See how the Grand River makes water recreation easy and convenient.


    Gifts of the Grand

    Get a peek at the variety of fish and fishing experiences available here.


    Built for Bikes

    Learn why Grand Rapids has become such a vibrant cycling community.


    Vehicles of Change

    Discover how a local organization is empowering more people to bike.


    After the Outing

    One of the most distinctive features of our Grand Outdoors is the close proximity to urban amenities. You can fish, paddle and bike just steps away from hundreds of downtown restaurants, shops, nightclubs and museums. Dozens of additional lakes and rivers, fishing spots, and biking and hiking trails are as close as 5-30 minutes from the city center.

    Boating & Paddling

    Experience Grand Rapids on the water!

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    Street Biking

    Bicycling is a great way to get around the city!

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    Mountain Biking

    Test your off-road biking skills on all sorts of terrain!

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    Area Trails

    An extensive network of trails traverses many different terrains.

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    Fish in the Grand River or in dozens of outlying rivers & lakes.

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    Bike Trails

    Bike hundred of miles of trails, in and out of the city.

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    Download the App

    Check out the My City Bikes Grand Rapids app!

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    Lakes & Rivers

    Explore Grand Rapids area lakes and rivers.

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