We make it easy to plan your Grand Rapids trip. Browse our website for attractions, events and other fun things to do during your stay. Consult our blog and social channels for all the latest buzz. And head on over to our hotel listings for a great deal on an extended stay!
My Trip builds a schedule of events and activities for your Grand Rapids visit. Browse this site and click “Add to Trip Builder” whenever you find something you want to do. Click “View Trip” on any of the items you’ve added to see your complete schedule!
Where is Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids is located in West Michigan, about 180 miles from Chicago and 157 miles from Detroit, by car. It’s just 30 miles or so from the clean, sugar-sand beaches of Lake Michigan.
What's the best resource for planning a trip?
Where can I find a current list of things to do?
What are the can't-miss events and attractions?
How can I get the best deal on lodging?
Browse our hotel packages.
What about other deals?
Culture Pass GR offers reduced admission and other discounts at some of the area’s most popular attractions.
What's the best way to get to Grand Rapids?
What's the airport like?
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport was named the #1 airport in North America in its size class for customer service. It is served by six airlines connecting to 30+ non-stop destinations and conducting more than 100 flights each day.
Does Grand Rapids have rideshare options?
Is downtown walkable?
What is the weather like in Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids enjoys all four seasons to the fullest. Visit our Weather page for average temperatures and seasonal packing tips.
What time is it in Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids is located in the Eastern Time zone and follows Daylight Saving Time from March through November. Check the current time.
What is Grand Rapids area sales tax?
Michigan sales tax is 6% on all “tangible” goods. The city of Grand Rapids does not impose an additional sales tax.
How big is Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan, with a population of 201,093 residents as of the 2020 census. The metro area, which consists of four counties, is home to more than 1 million people.
Why is Grand Rapids called Beer City USA?
What else is Grand Rapids known for?
Why is Grand Rapids called "The Furniture City?"
Grand Rapids became both a major lumbering center and the premier furniture manufacturing city of the United States during the latter half of the 19th century. In 1876, an international exhibition in Philadelphia led Grand Rapids to worldwide recognition as a leader in fine furniture production. National home furnishing markets were held in Grand Rapids for about 75 years, concluding in the 1960s. Today, Grand Rapids is considered a world leader in the production of office furniture.
What makes Grand Rapids one of America's Greenest Cities?
The Grand Rapids metro area has more LEED-certified buildings per capita than any other city in the U.S. (LEED is a system that evaluates the "green" performance of new and refurbished construction.) Our most recent achievement is the world's first newly-built LEED-certified art museum.
What are the alcoholic laws?
You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages in Michigan. The sale of alcohol is not allowed from 2am to 7am. Bars close at 2am. You can consume alcoholic beverages purchased from approved vendors while you walk around the region’s outdoor Refreshment Areas.
Can I use cannabis/marijuana in Grand Rapids?
Yes – cannabis is legal to buy and consume in Grand Rapids and throughout Michigan.Check out the details
What is the seatbelt law?
Yes. Michigan is one of 49 states requiring the use of seat belts. Law enforcement can stop and ticket motorists solely for not being buckled up. Drivers and front seat passengers must be buckled up, and all passengers aged 8-15 must be buckled up whether front or back. Children must be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall.
Where can I get a fishing license?
You need a fishing license if you’re 17 years of age or older. Boaters born after June 30, 1996, and most personal watercraft operators who operate a vessel in Michigan must have a boater education card (boating safety certificate). A base hunting license is required for anyone who hunts in Michigan and additional hunting licenses may be required for different game.
Visit the Michigan DNR website for more information, including how to purchase your license.
The use of recreational cannabis has been legalized in 19 states as of fall 2022, and 39 states plus Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Travelers who use it recreationally…