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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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Travel Blog

    Six respected travel writers contribute to our My Experience Grand Rapids blog, sharing their adventures in and impressions of our fair city. They write about art, food, music, family playcations and whatever else strikes their fancy.

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    My Experience Grand Rapids Blog

    Find Handmade Gifts at These Grand Rapids' Artisan Shops

    Grand Rapids is no stranger to talented individuals working and living in the area. Beer City, USA has a flourishing...

    Sasha Wolff
    November 17, 2017
    Grand Rapids Restaurants with Surprising Vegan Options

    It's possible that no one in Grand Rapids knows more about vegan dining than Kolene Allen. She’s a leading voice in the...

    Austin Langlois
    November 10, 2017
    Celebrate Rule Breakers at the "Rodin and Contemporary Figurative Tradition" Exhibit

    Your chance to see famous Auguste Rodin sculptures intermixed with stunning contemporary figurative works at Grand...

    Cultured GR
    November 7, 2017
    Step Back in Time with Historical Grand Rapids Buildings

    Downtown Grand Rapids has exploded in the last decade with the grand openings of breweries , restaurants , apartments,...

    Kirsetin Morello
    November 3, 2017
    Toast to Local Spirits with Cocktail Week GR

    Cocktail Week GR returns for the third year, November 8 - 19, taking craft cocktails to a whole new level throughout...

    Amy Busse
    November 2, 2017
    Bike Grand Rapids: West Side to Uptown and Back Again

    The best way to get to know a city is to spend a day biking through it. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “it is by riding...

    Matt Medendorp
    October 27, 2017
    Break a Mental Sweat with Grand Rapids Trivia Nights

    As the temperatures are shifting toward the coolness of fall, many people are searching for fun, indoor activities to...

    Experience GR Team
    October 25, 2017
    5 Places to Tap into Grand Rapids’ Craft Cider Scene

    Grand Rapids may be known as Beer City USA , but that’s not the only drink in town. With overflowing apple orchards and...

    Austin Langlois
    October 20, 2017