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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.

    Experience Grand Rapids, One Day Itinerary

    Tour Grand Rapids Public Museum downtown on the riverfront. This state-of-the-art entertainment/education center features interactive history and natural science exhibitions. Visitors will marvel at the region's furniture-making tradition as well as the culture of Native Americans. Ride a restored 1928 carousel and experience life a century ago on the "Streets of Old Grand Rapids." (2 hours)  

    Meyer May House

    Next stop, Heritage Hill Historic District, a nationally recognized historic district embracing over 60 architectural styles from early Victorian gingerbread to the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. Various homes built around the turn-of-the-century are available for guided tours. (1½ hours)

    Enjoy lunch at Bistro Bella Vita for French Provencal cuisine combined with a "taste of Italy." (1 hour)

    Next stop is Gerald R. Ford Museum. Following a $5 million renovation, the nation's most entertaining presidential museum doesn't just show you history, it puts you in the middle of it. Attend a White House State Dinner, see a Smithsonian-caliber temporary exhibit and eavesdrop on an eventful day in the Oval Office. (1½ hours)

    Davinci's Horse - Meijer Gardens

    Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a 125-acre botanic garden and sculpture park featuring Michigan's largest tropical conservatory. Its magnificent 24-foot-tall Leonardo da Vinci Horse is the centerpiece of a sculpture collection that includes more than 100 works by world-renowned artists. The conservatory has more than 200 exotic plant species, waterfalls and streams with barrier-free pathways. Also showcased is an arid garden, Victorian garden and art galleries. A tram takes visitors on nature trails through meadows and woods. Gift shops and a café are also on site. (1½ - 2 hours)

    After the Gardens, stop at Robinette's Apple Haus & Gift Barn. This family-owned and operated fruit farm market offers a cider mill and bakery with delicious homemade baked goods. Its 118-year old gift barn features fine collectibles. (1 hour)

    To top off the day, ride the Grand Lady Riverboat with its narrated Grand River cruise pointing out the landings and town sites of the 1800s. Dinner is served on board. (2 hours)