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    Unicorn Sightings in Grand Rapids

    From its lakeshores, vibrant cities, charming small towns, and rich natural resources, you could say that Michigan is a pretty special place. You could even call it… magical.
    It’s so magical, in fact, that once upon a time, Michigan was the only state that offered a unicorn hunting license. Although we don’t condone harming such magical creatures in any way, we do encourage “capturing” them with your camera. Believe it or not, people have reported numerous unicorn sightings in the Grand Rapids area.

    Recent Sightings

    These mythical creatures seem to be popping up everywhere...

    The Grand Rapids Public Museum


    The Grand Rapids Public Museum is home to three floors of science, history and culture – and magic?

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    In fact, they seem to be practically hiding in plain sight…

    Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse

    Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse at Vandenberg Plaza (aka Calder Plaza if you’re a local). Clearly unicorns love beautiful things, too.

    Photo Credit: Anonymous

    Some locals have sworn they’ve seen unicorns around town…

    They say unicorns are drawn to water so they can visit their distant cousin, the narwharl (aka the unicorn of the sea).

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    Don’t look twice—you might miss one!

    The John Ball Zoo

    The John Ball Zoo is home to 1,800 animals – not counting the mythical creatures, too.

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    No actual unicorns were harmed in the making of this story because they don’t exist. As you might have guessed, this is an April Fool’s prank -- April Fool’s!

    (Header image of a clever unicorn on the Grand Valley State University: Pew Campus in Grand Rapids.)

    While the unicorns may not be real the magic of Michigan's Grand Rapids is, and it's open for exploration. Start planning your own magical quest with some of our favorite attractions and activities below.