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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 Sizzlers

    Summer adventures await - canoeing, kayaking and other summer outdoor activities!

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    The Grand Outdoors

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    Outdoor Recreation

    Lakes & Rivers

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


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


    There are dozens of great courses within minutes of downtown.


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

    Boating & Paddling

    Experience Grand Rapids on the water!


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


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

    The Insider's Experience: Recreation Edition
    Scenic Fall Drive: Covered Bridges Near GR

    Fall in West Michigan is one of the best times of the year to roll down the windows and take a drive. If you have a free...

    Brian Craig
    October 23, 2019
    Locals’ Guide to Fall Hikes in the GR Area

    Fall is arguably the best time of year for hiking in Grand Rapids. The weather is crisp and cool, and you get to take in...

    Nadira Kharmai
    October 4, 2019
    Your Itinerary for a Fall Kid-Friendly Weekend in GR

    One of the many wonderful things about Grand Rapids is that when summer gives way to fall, you can truly feel and see...

    Sasha Wolff
    September 20, 2019



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