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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

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

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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
    Ideas for Accessible Parks and Trails in Grand Rapids

    In Grand Rapids, there are plenty of parks, lakes, and trails to explore for all people - including those with...

    Nadira Kharmai
    August 22, 2019
    Paddling Grand Rapids: So Much Water, So Many Choices

    Grand Rapids has been named America’s Best River Town (Outside Magazine) and one of the country’s Top 10 Beach Towns...

    Experience GR Team
    August 7, 2019
    Perfect Picnic Places in Grand Rapids

    Summer in Grand Rapids is a great time of the year to grab some good food and head outdoors to enjoy it. With so many...

    Amy Busse
    July 24, 2019



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