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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.

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      Family Must Do List

      Grand Rapids Children's Museum

      Celebrate childhood and the joy of learning!

      Lena Meijer Children's Garden @ Meijer Gardens

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      West Michigan Whitecaps

      Check out the Whitecaps baseball at Fifth Third Ballpark.

      John Ball Zoo

      Home to more than 1,800 animals from five continents!

      Beach Fun

      Summer fun at the beach is always a win! Just a short drive from GR too!


      Shopping malls, outlet mall, neighborhood shops - fun for all ages!

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      Art in GR

      Grand Rapids has long been a mecca for creators and admirers of art.


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      Grand Rapids is an ideal choice for a family vacation because it combines the pleasures and conveniences of big city life with the charm and affordability of a small town.
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