Perched on the most scenic spot along Michigan's Grand River, Grand Rapids rose to prominence as a center of furniture production. It has now grown into one of the best places to visit, in the Midwest.
Visitors are drawn to the small town charm and strong sense of diversity and community that is exuded by Grand Rapids. If you keep an open mind during your trip, you'll be blessed with a lot of unforgettable experiences to fill your weekend getaway with.
Start by buying front row seats to an incredible performance by the Grand Rapids Ballet company, the only one in Michigan. The dancers are known for their mesmerizing grace.
Next, delve deeper into Grand Rapids' arts-and-culture scene with a visit to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It has galleries dedicated to Renaissance art, modern art and just about every style in between.
For a change of pace, check out a spellbinding space show at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium. You can explore and learn about the eternal mysteries of our universe, all from the comfort of your seat.
For a leisurely stroll through the splendor of nature, head to Grand Rapids' beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens: a 158-acre sculpture park and botanical garden. Besides the waterfalls, there are over 170 sculptures to ogle at.
Take the kids and pay a visit to some of our furry four-legged friends at the John Ball Zoo. From deadly Komodo Dragons, to cute wallabies and lemurs to the largest alligator outside of Florida, this zoo has it all!
Feel like Tarzan at Michigan's best aerial obstacle course: TreeRunner Grand Rapids Adventure Park. Get your blood pumping as you swing and zip line between trees.
Grand Rapids offers a variety of outdoor recreational fun activities, including several 18-hole disc golf courses for you to conquer. Time to work on your putts and drive!
Grab your bike and set off on the biking trails and loops that criss-cross the Michigan wilderness. After all, there's a reason why Grand Rapids was once named the "Best Town for Mountain Biking" by Outside Magazine.
Aquatic adventures await you in Grand Rapids, where you can take to the Grand River on a kayak.
The Grand River is home to some of the biggest catfish and trout you'll ever have the opportunity to catch. So if you wanna beat the local record, be sure to pack your fishing rod!
Answer the call of the wild, and set off on self-guided hikes through Provin Trails Park, Cascade Peace Park or embark on the 10-mile North Country Trail from Lowell to Fallasburg.
Back within city limits, you'll be tempted to find out why Grand Rapids is often dubbed as the "Beer City". Explore one of the best craft brewery scenes to be found in any American city, with dozens of breweries and brewpubs to visit.
Before leaving the city, it might be a good idea to stock up on naturally-grown veggies and farm-to-table fruits at the Fulton Street Farmer's Market. This historic market has enabled healthy eating since 1922.
Once winter comes, ice skating becomes the favorite local pastime at Grand Rapids. Whether it's a frozen pond or an indoor ice skating rink likethe Kentwood Ice Arena, there's always plenty of smooth ice to glide on.
In winter, head for the slopes of the Cannonsburg Ski Area which has over 21 ski runs for you to tackle, along with a 250 ft vertical drop!