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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.

    Winter Activities

    Grand Rapids is a great place to gather your family and experience the many cold weather activities here!…

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    The Grand Outdoors

    Start your journey exploring the area’s outdoor recreation opportunities.

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    Outdoor Recreation

    Skiing

    Hit the slopes and cross-country trails minutes from downtown.

    Parks

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

    Local Favorites

    Try something new: Snowshoe, ice fish, fat tire biking.

    Fishing

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

    Biking

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

    Boating & Paddling

    Experience Grand Rapids on the water!

    Lakes & Rivers

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

    Beaches

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

    Golf

    There are dozens of great courses within minutes of downtown.

    The Insider's Experience: Recreation Edition
    Grand Rapids becomes a fatbike-friendly community

    When Experience Grand Rapids first profiled the local fatbiking community back in 2018, it was clear the snow sport was...

    Experience GR Team
    February 23, 2021
    Snowshoeing in the Grand Rapids Area: Explore a Winter Wonderland

    Snowshoeing has been around for almost as long as civilizations have interacted with deep snow. Historians believe...

    Matt Medendorp
    February 3, 2021
    Grand Rapids Running Groups That Will Help You Maintain Your Fitness Goals

    Whether you’re trying to reach your New Year’s fitness goals, looking to adopt a new hobby, or simply looking to explore...

    Matt Medendorp
    January 18, 2021

     

     

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