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Grand RapidsUnited States of America

Visit museums, explore beautiful gardens and enjoy outdoor activities in the River City where Midwestern charm meets a thriving Michigan metropolis.

Grand Rapids, located just east of Lake Michigan, is a vibrant city rich with culture and natural beauty. With plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and a variety of museums and galleries, Grand Rapids is the perfect destination for the whole family.

The city straddles the beautiful Grand River and is therefore known as the “River City.” Rent a bicycle and ride along the riverbank or play a round of golf at one of the courses nearby. Drive to Lake Michigan and go swimming, climb dunes or play beach volleyball.

During winter, visit Cannonsburg Ski Area for snowboarding and cross-country skiing or try outdoor ice skating at Richmond Park. Grand Rapids Park and Kent County Park offer miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing. In summer, these areas are perfect for biking and hiking.

Visit the world-renowned Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The park aims to blend man-made art with nature. Stroll through the tropical conservatory and marvel at Nina Akamu's massive sculpture, The American Horse.

Step back in time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Explore American culture during the 1970s and discover interactive exhibits such as the mock Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum is home to more than 5,000 artworks. Browse the Renaissance section or marvel at modern masterpieces, such as Richard Diebenkorn’s Ingleside. The museum dates back to 1910; a 2007 redesign has elevated the building to a city icon.

Be sure to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. Learn about the area's native peoples at the Anishinabek: The People of This Place exhibition. Gaze at the stars in the planetarium and ride the vintage carousel outside.

Reach Grand Rapids by flying into the International Airport, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown, or catch the daily Amtrak service from Chicago to Grand Rapids. Whether you are seeking cultural enrichment or outdoor fun, Grand Rapids has much to offer.

Top Hotels in Grand Rapids

Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
161 Ottawa Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, MI
The price is CA $167 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (782 reviews)

"The room we had was very clean and equipped with everything we would need to enjoy the night. I didn’t have any problems at all."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
3 out of 5
140 Ottawa Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is CA $183 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Rapids Art Museum and DeVos Performance Hall. Van Andel Arena and Public Museum of Grand Rapids ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)

"New hotel; so everything is clean & crisp looking. Air conditioning was a wee bit loud. Parking was a bit expensive; so, we parked elsewhere."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids Downtown
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport
3 out of 5
3063 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is CA $106 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Located in East Paris, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Centerpointe Mall and Woodland Mall. Patterson Ice Center and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve ...

4.2/5Excellent! (893 reviews)

"Friendly staff, and very clean. I have to fill this space with more characters."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2020

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Grand Rapids

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport
3 out of 5
5430 28th Street Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is CA $117 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Patterson Ice Center, Watermark Country Club and Centerpointe Mall. Woodland Mall and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (95 reviews)

"So beautiful and clean!!! Loved it!!! Our room had a kitchenette and it was still continental breakfast!!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grand Rapids Airport
Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood
Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood
3 out of 5
3000 Lake Eastbrook Blvd Se, Grand Rapids, MI
The price is CA $118 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in East Paris, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Centerpointe Mall and Woodland Mall. Patterson Ice Center and Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve ...

4.1/5Very Good! (239 reviews)

"Lovely hotel has kitchen fridge couch and queen bed for nice price"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood
Lakefront Family Friendly Home With Large Beach and Beautiful Views
Lakefront Family Friendly Home With Large Beach and Beautiful Views
7080 Silverlake Dr, Rockford, MI

Nestled on the beach, this Rockford cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cannonsburg Ski Area, Thousand Oaks Golf Club and Provin Trails Park. Rockford Shopping ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)
Relaxing place for active families

"We had a great time. The indoor amenities were comfortable. The beach, lake and boats they make available made the experience. Perfect spot for young families to keep kids entertained."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2020

Lakefront Family Friendly Home With Large Beach and Beautiful Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Grand Rapids

Gerald R. Ford Museum
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Gerald R. Ford Museum

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Take a holographic tour of Ford’s White House and see a piece of the Berlin Wall in this tribute to the 38th president in the town where he was raised.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
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Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

5/5(5 reviews)

Let your kids run wild at the sand pits and tree house while you inspect the sculptures and floral displays in this park’s various gardens.

Grand Rapids Art Museum
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Grand Rapids Art Museum

The sleek design of the modernist building reflects the gorgeous contemporary artworks within. Learn how to make art fun in the workshops and camps.

Top things to do in Grand Rapids

Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan

CA $13
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Michigan

CA $13
Per adult
Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Michigan
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Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Michigan

CA $13
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Michigan
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Michigan

CA $26
Per adult
City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan
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City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan

CA $13
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Tactical Laser Tag 60 Min. Session
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Tactical Laser Tag 60 Min. Session

CA $38
Per adult

Reviews of Grand Rapids

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 39.0625%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 50%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.375%
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2 - Disappointing 1.5625%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jul 27, 2019

Downtown area has lots of food options, little to no shopping. Overall, the city itself is a little on the dull side.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 25, 2019

Nothing else

5/5 - Excellent

Nanette

Jul 19, 2019

Love it

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jul 15, 2019

Very shady tactic by this hotel in regards to the parking. Advertised as parking included, but ended up being $35 a night, which in downtown grand rapids is HUGE. There was no sign or indication on pricing of parking.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 30, 2019

Love all the beer!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 29, 2019

Very nice city to explore with plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Downtown is being redeveloped and is really nice to walk around

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