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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.

    Things to Do with Kids in Grand Rapids

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    Summer Must Do List

    Lena Meijer Children's Garden @ Meijer Gardens

    Includes a multitude of fun educational activities, like a Great Lakes...

    John Ball Zoo

    Home to more than 1,100 animals from five continents with hand-on...

    Children's Museum

    Celebrate childhood and the joy of learning!

    West Michigan Whitecaps

    Check out the Whitecaps baseball at Fifth Third Ballpark.


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    Beach Fun

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