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Grand Rapids

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Gardens · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
Furniture City
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area. The rapids have been tamed, and the banks of the river serve as a location for outdoor activities like hiking and cycling. Adjacent to downtown you'll find Heritage Hill, one of the biggest historical districts in the United States, with 1,300 buildings that represent almost every type of American architecture, from Prairie to Greek Revival. The city was ranked the number one U.S. travel destination by Lonely Planet in 2014 for its 25 craft breweries, Winter Beer Festival, and world-class art attractions. Our United States tour planner allows you to schedule your trip to Grand Rapids, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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Popular things to do in Grand Rapids

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Garden
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Observatory
Grand Rapids Public Museum
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Meyer May House
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Grand Rapids

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Theme Park
Nelis' Dutch Village Holland
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Park
Windmill Island Gardens Holland
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Holland State Park Beach Holland
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Oval Beach Saugatuck
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Grand Rapids

Biking Trail
Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Walking Area
Heritage Hill Historic District
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Blandford Nature Center
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Beer Tastings & Tours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Grand Rapids

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Art Museum
Grand Rapids Art Museum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Specialty Museum
Voigt House Victorian Museum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Gallery
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Grand Rapids

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Zoo
John Ball Zoo
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Children’s Museum
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Breweries & Distilleries in Grand Rapids

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Brewery
Greyline Brewing Co.
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Distillery
Long Road Distillers
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

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