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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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    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.


     

    Outdoor Recreation

    Lakes & Rivers

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

    Fishing

    You can cast your line in the Grand River that runs through downtown, or...

    Golf

    There are dozens of great courses within minutes of downtown.

    Biking

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

    Boating & Canoeing

    Experience Grand Rapids on the water!

    Parks

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

    Beaches

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

    The Insider's Experience: Recreation Edition
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    Sasha Wolff
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    Hit the Trails with West Michigan’s Mountain Biking Guide

    The West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance (WMMBA) is a group of individuals who help to maintain and develop mountain...

    Jill Martindale
    May 31, 2017
    Gardener’s Guide to Grand Rapids Greenhouses and Markets

    Spring has finally sprung in Michigan, and green thumbs everywhere are beginning to itch. Whether you have an...

    Lyndsay Daly
    April 20, 2017