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

    Recreational Activities in Grand Rapids

    So you love the out-of-doors-so does Grand Rapids. Miles of biking trails, parks, and a wide selection of outdoor experiences dot the landscape of Michigan's West Coast. From beaches and boating to hiking and biking, the area is rich with outdoor beauty. If you like driving in the country, experiencing farms, or hunting, this area has what you're looking for, too. Add to this, ice skating downtown and skiing and snowmobiling on the outskirts of the city and you'll understand why Michigan's West Coast is a year round place to stay.


    Wherever you go in West Michigan, you're never more than six miles away from a lake, river or stream. Here are just a few ways to enjoy our water wonderland.


    Field & Stream Magazine named Grand Rapids the nation's sixth best fishing city. You can hook salmon and steelhead in the middle of downtown, and the outlying rivers and lakes are teeming with other freshwater species. Only a short drive away, you can charter a fishing boat or rent a boat or jet ski to explore coastal waters. Click here to get a fishing license.


    Stretch your legs on a short jaunt through natural splendors just minutes from downtown - or make it a day on one of our long yet easy-to-follow scenic trails.

    Download a map of area trails.

    Head to Lowell, 30 minutes east of Grand Rapids, for a hiking/learning adventure at Wittenbach/Wege Center - 140 acres of lush forests, rolling prairies, abundant wetlands and fields, open 365 days a year.


    West Michigan is prime territory for White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, Water Fowl and Upland Game Birds. Click here for licensing information and hunting guides.

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