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    Grand Rapids Outdoor Recreation

    Grand Rapids is full of great places for an Outdoor Explorer no matter what season you visit. On Michigan's West Coast the lakeshore appeals to beach enthusiasts with dune rides and dune climbing as well as beach volleyball and swimming. Climb 279 steps to the top of Mt. Baldhead at Oval Beach. Or forgo the steps and climb the sand dune - it's even tougher! Fly kites on the shore in Grand Haven, or bike along paths in Holland.

    Whatever your passion, the Grand Rapids area thrives with superior golf courses, pristine parks, and lakes, streams, and rivers. Considered one the "best" walking cities, Grand Rapids is also great for biking and hiking and was rated the sixth most popular fishing city in the U.S. by Field and Stream magazine (2006).

    Get your heart pumping a little faster on one of our mountain biking trails - Outside Magazine named us the "Best Town for Mountain Biking" in 2010. Or enjoy a run or bike ride on a paved scenic trail. The Kent Trails system can be accessed just 1.5 miles from downtown.

    Summer Activities

    As many attractions begin to reopen there are some great opportunities to enjoy the warm-weather season in Grand Rapids. View what's open today!…

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    The Grand Outdoors

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    Outdoor Recreation


    Bike hundreds of miles of trails, in and out of the city.


    Our world-class beaches are clean, clear and oh-so-close.


    Fish in the Grand River or in dozens of outlying rivers & lakes.

    Boating & Paddling

    Experience Grand Rapids on the water!

    Lakes & Rivers

    Enjoy the Pure Michigan Lake Effect at more than 50 lakes and four...


    There are dozens of great courses within minutes of downtown.

    Area Trails

    An extensive network of trails traverses many different terrains.

    Kent Trails

    Take your bike, shoes etc. out for a walk on Kent Trails. Explore 15 miles...


    Parks are plentiful in Grand Rapids from city parks to lakeside parks.

    The Insider's Experience: Recreation Edition
    Six Day Trip Destinations from Grand Rapids

    Summer is a great time to explore all the amazing things to do right here in West Michigan. Visitors will find that...

    Experience GR Team
    May 26, 2021
    Tips for Mountain Biking in West Michigan

    Surrounding Grand Rapids’ bustling city center is an abundance of biking trails that wind through a variety of the...

    Jill Martindale
    April 29, 2021
    Grand Rapids Waters Offer Plenty of Opportunity

    Spring fishing. What’s not to like? The air is clear and cool and birds are often singing. Fish are hungry and readily...

    Howard Meyerson
    March 29, 2021



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