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    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.…
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    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.

    Summer Activities in Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids is the perfect place for a cool summer vacation. Our compact size and long hours of sunlight let you have way more fun in less time – you can hit the golf course, the bike trail, the beach and the big city in one glorious day. Extend your stay to sample even more of our fantastic art, music, food, craft beverage and family fun scenes!

    Grand Rapids: #20 of 52 Places to Visit Worldwide

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    Summer To Do List

    Lakes & Rivers

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

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    One of the world's top 30 must-see museums.

    Beach Fun

    Summer fun at the beach is always a win! Just a short drive from GR too!

    John Ball Zoo

    Home to more than 1,100 animals from five continents with hand-on...

    Biking

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

    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

    Learn about native son and 38th President, Gerald R. Ford.

    Tours & Experiences

    Immerses yourself in the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of Grand Rapids!

    West Michigan Whitecaps

    Check out the Whitecaps baseball at Fifth Third Ballpark.

    Museums

    Explore art, history, horticulture, a President's legacy and more

    Ideas for a Summer Visit

    Summer is the time to make the most of our Grand Outdoors: Relax on a beach or on the water. Wander the grounds of a sculpture park or zoo. Ride a go-kart or a zipline. Golf, fish, bike, hike … the opportunities are endless. See more great ideas below.

    ‘Tis the season for outdoor concerts. Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens lead a huge lineup of open-air venues and events on the Grand Rapids Music Trail.

    Spend an afternoon at the ballpark or a night at the races – see the West Michigan Whitecaps play baseball or visit Berlin Raceway for smokin’ stock-car action.

    Shop Tanger Outlets, an open-air mall, for brand-name merchandise at discount prices. Shop Fulton Street Farmer’s Market and other outdoor farm markets for just-picked produce from local family farms.

    Dine al fresco at 120 restaurants with outdoor patios and decks. Sample food truck fare during Truckin’ Tuesdays, Wonderful Wednesdays and Food Court Fridays. Or pack a picnic basket with scrumptious food from downtown’s Russo’s International Market & Bistro or Martha’s Vineyard– then head to one of 100+ nearby parks for a meal with a view.

    Swim, sunbathe, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, hit the splashpad and explore 20 miles of paved hiking and biking trails at Millennium Park – just five minutes from downtown. John Ball Zoo and the Mines Golf Course are right around the corner.

    Visit the beaches and beach towns of Lake Michigan to swim, scale a sand dune, stroll a pier, shop for one-of-a-kind goods and more, all as close as 30 minutes from Grand Rapids.

    Become a Brewsader® – enjoy a cold craft beer at eight select breweries to join the exclusive club and get an official t-shirt.

    Explore local and global culture in air-conditioned comfort at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

    Enjoy authentic food and entertainment at the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival (June 9), Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival (August 10-12) Grand Rapids Yassou! Greek Cultural Festival (August 17-19), and Grand Rapids Polish Festival (August 24-26).

    Stretch your walking muscles on a self-guided audio or app-based tour of downtown landmarks, or a guided tour of area breweries.

    Check our Tours & Experiences page for even more opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture, cuisine and lifestyles!

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    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    This 200-acre attraction features the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the...

    • Neighborhood: Northeast
    • 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE
    • Interests: art-&-culture
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    John Ball Zoo

    Over 2,000 animals and more animal touching exhibits than any other zoo in Michigan; tigers, petting...

    • Neighborhood: West Side
    • 1300 W. Fulton St.
    • Interests: family
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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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    The Grand Rapids Outdoor Summer Music Guide

    Winter hibernation is finally over and the best time of year has arrived for Michiganders. The hot weather pulls kids...

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    July 7, 2017


    Summer Hotel Packages

    Plan your summer 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.