If you’ve never been to Grand Rapids before, prepare to be surprised. Grand Rapids is a blend of an enthralling cosmopolitan city, an outdoor haven, and a friendly and charming town. It’s no wonder Grand Rapids has been ranked the nation’s third top city for fun and recreation! The list of entertainment and attractions is so long that it’s hard to know where to start.
Here are just a few ways that Grand Rapid will amaze you:
* If you enjoy art, Grand Rapids offers world-renowned art museums and boasts the world’s largest art competition. The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in downtown houses great exhibits, a clay studio and even a movie theater.
* Got a hankering for the beach? Grand Rapid has sandy shores nearby for you.
* Fill up at delicious farm-to-table restaurants -- and don’t forget a beer. Grand Rapids owns the title of Beer City USA and has been called one of the Top 10 Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers. If you’re one of them, you’ll appreciate a craft beer tour, the world’s second best brewery and the third best beer bar.
* Outdoor enthusiasts can find fun year-round here, with abundant biking and hiking trails, excellent fishing and world-class golf courses. Grand Rapids is only 30 miles east of Lake Michigan and other lakeshore communities.
* With the most vibrant downtown between Chicago and Cleveland. Grand Rapids offers giant shopping malls, as well as quirky neighborhood shopping districts.
* Grand Rapids has convenient access to the airport.
* The city offers many exciting events, including the conclusion of summer with the Celebration of the Grand, with free concerts, fireworks, and food. In October, another fun event is the celebration of Polish heritage with Pulaski Days.
* History buffs will love the Gerald R. Ford Museum, the final resting place of this former U.S. President and his wife. Grand Rapids is also home to one of the oldest history museums in the country, the Van Andel Museum Center.
* Theater buffs will want to catch a show at the Civic Theater, the DeVos hall or the Van Andel Arena. The Wealthy Theater nearby was America’s first megaplex.
* If you’re into music, you’ve surely heard of Grand Rapids’ many popular venues, from the Orbit Room to the Mixtape Cafe.
Fun facts about the area:
* Grand Rapids is nicknamed “Furniture City” because it’s home to five of the world’s leading furniture companies.