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History

Explore the rich and variety of history of Michigan’s second largest city – from the Hopewell Indians that thrived here 2,000 years ago, to the lumber barons that made this “America’s Furniture City” in the 1800s, to the native son that became the most powerful person on earth in the 1970s.

History Around the Corner Walking Tour

Discover 11 of these historical snippets located on a short walk around downtown.

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Choose from the following to create your group's custom history itinerary:

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (2 Hours)

America's most entertaining presidential museum, renovated in 2016, is a multimedia tribute to the city's most famous son.…

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Grand Rapids Public Museum (1-3 hours)

Step back in time through interactive history and natural science exhibits including the walkable "Streets of Old Grand Rapids."…

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GO Scavenger Hunt

Discover the city's history, art, culture and current hotspots through a creative, fast-paced group challenge.…

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Tours Around Michigan

Get a unique overview of Grand Rapids' history with a step-on guide for a downtown tour -- or customize a tour for your group.…

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Grand Lady Riverboat (2-3 hours)

Revisit the steamboat era of Grand Rapids with a lunch or dinner cruise aboard this charming paddlewheel boat.

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Heritage Hill

See one of the nation's largest urban historic districts, with 1,300 lovingly preserved homes dating back to the 19th and early 20th century.…

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Meyer May House (2-3 hours)

Tour a meticulously restored Frand Llyod Wright Prairie House. Free admission; reservations required for groups of 10 or more.…

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Sweet House

Host an event at this 1927 Italianate villa and enjoy the meticulous restorations, fine paintings, unique wallpaper and authentic furnishings.…

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Find a Step-On Guide

Find an expert guide who can share with your group local knowledge and insider information that you otherwise wouldn't get.…

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Contact Us

For complimentary assistance planning your itinerary or making travel arrangements, contact Dave Nitkiewicz, CTA.…

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