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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.

    Adventure Vacations

    Adrenaline junkies will find no end of exciting adventures in Grand Rapids. Get out on one of the world’s most amazing bodies of water. Get up on one of the world’s best roller coasters. Scale the heights of a towering sand dune or freestyle your way through a snow-covered sports park. You’ll find thrills and chills for all ages, all designed to challenge your limits and let your spirit soar.

    Millennium Park is one of the nation's largest urban greenspaces. Facilities include playground equipment, a beach, swimming lake, splashpad and nearly 20 miles of trails.

    The John Ball Zoo is where you can see nearly 2,000 animals in play, but for the thrill seeker, ride a zipline over the zoo or negotiate a four-story sky trail ropes course. When your done, ride a funicular to a treehouse offering panoramic city views.

    Bring your bike! Grand Rapids is nationally recognized for mountain biking and we have great traditional bike trails, too - many within minutes of downtown.

    Bring your skis and snowboards! West Michigan plays just as hard in winter - at Cannonsburg Ski Area and Pando Winter Sports Park, both just 15 minutes from downtown.

    Just a short drive away is Michigan's Adventure Amusement & Water Park, with 60+ thrill rides for all ages - including Shivering Timbers, one of the world's best wooden roller coasters.

    Head 15 minutes north of downtown Grand Rapids to Rockford for fantastic canoeing, kayaking and tubing.

    Check out these great things to do for the Thrill Seeker!

    Craig's Cruisers

    • 5730 Clyde Park Ave. SW
    • Wyoming, MI 49509
    • (616) 530-2900
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    Higher Ground Rock Climbing Center Ltd.

    • 851 Bond Ave. NW
    • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • (616) 774-3100
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    John Ball Zoo

    • 1300 W. Fulton St.
    • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    • (616) 336-4301
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    Michigan's Adventure

    • 4750 Whitehall Road
    • Muskegon, MI 49445
    • (231) 766-3377
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    Saugatuck Dune Rides, Inc.

    • 6495 Blue Star Highway
    • Saugatuck, MI 49453
    • (269) 857-2253
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