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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!

Winter Lifestyle : Short

Miles of groomed fat bike trails, multiple terrain parks and three ski resorts 20-40 minutes from downtown.

 

Carving a Community: Short

Twenty-one ski runs and one of the Midwest’s top three terrain parks just 20 minutes from downtown.

 

Made For Winter: Short

Ride 20+ miles of groomed fat bike trails within 20 minutes of downtown Grand Rapids.

 

Winter Action: Short

Skiing, snowboarding, fat biking and Michigan’s largest tubing facility just 20 minutes from downtown.


 

 

The Grand Outdoors: Summer Opportunities

Start your journey with this overview of the area’s outdoor summer 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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Fishing

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! Find fun local trails, a coffee trail & a ice cream trail!…

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Lakes & Rivers

Explore Grand Rapids area lakes and rivers.

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