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    Spring Activities in Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids is a great place to visit any time of year, but spring offers its own special brand of fun. Warmer weather spurs more outdoor activities, seasonal attractions open with fresh enthusiasm and cultural sites gear up for a scintillating spring trip. Discover the spring side of Grand Rapids!

    Ideas for a Spring Visit

    Get outdoors on a bike trail or a golf course. Watch the West Michigan Whitecaps open the baseball season and the Grand Rapids Griffins close the hockey season. See a concert in the new 20 Monroe Live entertainment venue or a Broadway musical at DeVos Performance Hall.

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    Grand Rapids Griffins

    This AHL team offers the coolest game in town. The Griffins, the primary affiliate of the National...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • Van Andel Arena
    • Interests: sports
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    Fifth Third Ballpark - Home of the West Michigan Whitecaps

    Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The Whitecaps play April through September at Fifth Third...

    • Neighborhood: Northeast
    • 4500 West River Dr. NE
    • Interests: sports
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    20 Monroe Live

    This incredible space is the perfect location to host your corporate event, private concert,...

    • Neighborhood: Downtown
    • 11 Ottawa Ave. NW
    • Interests: music, meetings

    Spring Fun!

    Whether your objective is play or learning or both, Grand Rapids offers plenty of options for all ages. Here are a few best bets:

    Amazing Dinosaurs, an interactive exhibit at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

    John Ball Zoo is open for the season! This urban zoo is home to more than 1,100 animals from five continents.

    The Downtown Market offers cooking classes aimed at kids (and adults too!).

    Creatures of Light delves into the mystery and majesty of nature, at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

    Finders Keepers: West Michigan Collects at Grand Rapids Art Museum is an amazing glimpse into the world of collecting.

    There's much to explore at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – see a blend of art and horticulture inside and outside at one of the world's 100 most visited art museums!

    Blandford Nature Center gets kids outside on a variety of spring adventures!

    AJ’s Family Fun Center, Craig’s Cruisers, Griff’s Ice House, Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park and the Cannonsburg Zipline Adventure let kids get physical.  


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    Spring Shopping

    ‘Tis the season to renew your wardrobe and refresh your home décor. Find one-of-a-kind looks in the funky, fashionable boutiques that line walkable Uptown – or shop your favorite brand names in two megamalls: Rivertown Crossings and Woodland Mall. If you love a bargain, head for Tanger Outlet Mall, which offers designer goods at discount prices.

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    RiverTown Crossings

    Experience complete entertainment at the region's premier shopping destination. Watch a movie, enjoy...

    • Neighborhood: Southwest
    • 3700 Rivertown Pkwy SW
    • Interests: shopping
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    Woodland Mall

    Woodland is West Michigan's premiere regional shopping center with more than 100 fine stores...

    • Neighborhood: Southeast
    • 3195 28th St. SE, Suite 100
    • Interests: shopping
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    Tanger Outlet Mall

    • Neighborhood: Southwest
    • 350 84th Street SW
    • Interests: shopping

    Spring Hotel Packages

    Extend your spring getaway with a hotel package that includes a special perk geared around a specific Grand Rapids highlight – from beer to food to culture and beyond. Consider enriching your stay even further with immersive Tours & Experiences.