Grand Rapids Travel Guide

  • Take time to smell as well as see
    Take time to smell as well as see
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    One of the water parks
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Grand Rapids Things to Do

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    On our way to Canada for the weekend we stopped in Grand Rapids to visit the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, specifically to see the Chihuly exhibit that is running through October 31, 2010. There are 15 spots throughout the gardens and park that have Chihuly works placed in them, many of them integrating into nature. My favorite spot was the...

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  • Deer Park / Michigan's Adventure

    This park is actually located in Muskegon, Michigan, but as it was part of my lift when I lived in Grand Rapids, and not really When I was a child, this was a fairly small amusement park with a train ride and a few scattered small rides. It was a place to spend a summer afternoon, but could not hold a candle to the big amusement parks in Ohio or...

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  • Blanford Nature Center

    I remember this nature center as having trails scattered through the woods, and an interpretive center that allowed children to learn about wild places. Long before it was in style elsewhere in the USA, Grand Rapids had a place for children to learn of nature.

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  • Van Andel Museum Centre - Grand Rapids

    Lots to do and explore at the Van Andel Museum Centre including a carousel (where you can have a ride), it dates back to 1928. See an authenic streetcar and lots more.

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright - Meyer May House

    If you like art and architecture then surely don't miss out on a visit to Meyer May House.This is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house which was built in 1908. You can have a tour of this wonderful home.

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  • Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture...

    On our way to Canada for the weekend we stopped in Grand Rapids to visit the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, specifically to see the Chihuly exhibit that is running through October 31, 2010. There are 15 spots throughout the gardens and park that have Chihuly works placed in them, many of them integrating into nature. My favorite spot was the...

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Grand Rapids Restaurants

  • Don't Miss The Fresh made BURRITOS!

    I went to eat to Fiesta Burrito with my friends, it's a new place and wanted to tried it out. At first we were not sure, but decided to still go. It was AMAZING!!!!!!! They have the BEST BURRITOS!!!! I also tried one of their Mexican Tacos, it comes with the onions, cilantro and a delicious guaca salsa, oh, almost forgot, a grilled jalapeno on the...

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  • Don't Miss The Fresh made BURRITOS!

    I went to eat to Fiesta Burrito with my friends, it's a new place and wanted to tried it out. At first we were not sure, but decided to still go. It was AMAZING!!!!!!! They have the BEST BURRITOS!!!! I also tried one of their Mexican Tacos, it comes with the onions, cilantro and a delicious guaca salsa, oh, almost forgot, a grilled jalapeno on the...

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  • German food

    2/17/07 update, per page comment below, the restaurant has been torn down and turned into a parking lot-bummer!David has tried to stop at this place a couple of times but he always is passing through on a Sunday when the restaurant is closed.The decor is not fancy and is a little dated but it's just what I expect when I visit smaller towns in the...

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Grand Rapids Nightlife

  • Unique and Sassy

    Mezze Café features unique entertainment options usually found in larger cities, as well as food with an ethnic theme and great Sangria. From cabaret style shows to my favorite, Belly Dancing with Laura Armenta (Thursdays), Mezze provides an alternative to the mundane pick-up joints like the B.O.B. Located next to San Chez restaurant. Wi-fi...

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  • Best Live Band In GR

    Touching Gus is the premier band on the GR Live Music circuit. The have the perfect blend of classic rock, alternative and originals that leaves the audience salivating for more. Frontman Nate Mehren continually keeps the audience involved in the show, guitariest Lattie Zimmerman always has a smile on his face, Terry and Mike combine to form one of...

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  • Best Local Bar

    Tuesday:College Night$2 You Call Its 9pm to 10pm$1 You Call Its 10pm to 11pm$2 You Call Its 11pm to 12amDJ Dav playing party favorites & top 40 danceNo cover for ladies or with a college id21+ permittedWednesday:$2 Drafts$3 Martinis9pm to 2am21+ permitted[relaxed dress code]Thursday:½ Off EVERYTHING9pm to 12amDJ Dav playing your favorite party...

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Grand Rapids Transportation

  • What the hell is a Michigan Left?

    This was very confusing the first time I heard it. A michigan left... uh... how are the lefts here different than any other left I asked? Well, when you're on a main road like Beltline Ave, there are several intersections where you cannot make a left. In order to make the left... you have to pass that intersection and then make a u-turn to go back...

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  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport

    Grand Rapids is fairly easy to get to by plane. The airport is within the city limits, and is fairly well served by 8 different airlines, including connecting & direct flights by just about all of the majors...Security at the airport is tight for a smallish airport - there's a guard as you drive up to the terminal building that checks every car,...

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  • There are several ways of...

    There are several ways of getting to GR. If you want to fly, Gerald R. Ford International is located at the end of 44th Street and is well-serviced by many major airlines. The Pere Marquette runs daily between Grand Rapids and Chicago, and Greyhound goes to several locales in the region as well. Unless you're visiting relatives you should probably...

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Grand Rapids Shopping

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    by glabah Written Sep 4, 2011

    While I have not been back to Michigan since my family left in 1979, I do very much remember Gas Light Village in East Grand Rapids. At the time, this was a district of small local stores, and you could find all manner of things in these stores.

    Naturally, at the time one of my favorites was a little toy store that sold all manner of toys, but in particular they sold a number of wooden toys made by craftsmen from the area.

    Sometime around 1977 or 1978 - a few years before my family left - a huge Toys R Us store opened way out on the edge of town someplace. I remember the grand opening, and after that time the little local toy store in Gas Light Village seemed to have a lot of trouble surviving.

    However, the district itself survives, and today has all manner of condominiums, local restaurants, and various other features that make it its own little enclave. It even has its own web site to encourage visitors and real estate developers.

    I can't help but wonder what happened to the unique historic buildings which once were part of the charm of Gas Light Village (that is, after all, what the gas lights were all about) but at least the district survives and efforts are being made to promote the local businesses that call the place home.

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Grand Rapids Local Customs

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    by hoser_71 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Remember that outlining areas of Grand Rapids are still very religious and stand by old traditions. Expect many places not to be open or serve alcohol.

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Grand Rapids Warnings and Dangers

  • The downtown area is typically...

    The downtown area is typically safe, but I still wouldn't walk around alone at night. There are several one-way streets, which can make driving confusing even for those of us who live here, so I would recommend investing in a good street map. Street parking is free after 5PM, and there are several ramps downtown, but expect to pay about $6-8 to...

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  • Winters in Grand Rapids can...

    Winters in Grand Rapids can become quite nasty because of the lake effect snow. Snowstorms can roll in in a matter of minutes and blanket everything in white.Be careful driving and dress according to the weather.

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Grand Rapids What to Pack

  • by sinphara Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: BIG.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lots of 'all weather' clothes. The weather is unpredictable. Even in the summer the nights can get cold. In the winter, make sure to pack snow boots, scarf, thick winter coat, comfortable driving gloves, and extra pairs of socks.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of lotion because the cold dry weather will dry your skin out the first day you're there.

    Miscellaneous: Ice scraper. Don't rely on defrost, you'll need an ice craper.

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Grand Rapids Off The Beaten Path

  • Flowers in Grand Haven

    About 45mins West of Grand Rapids, on the eastern shore of lake Michigan is Grand Haven - a small resort town. Somewhere in the town is a park. In the park there are a bunch of trails in the woods. Somewhere on the side of one of the trails there grows a small blue flower.

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  • And trees in Grand Rapids

    There's a small street off of Thornapple River Drive. On that street there grows a tree. I dunno. I just like the tree. Wonder how old it is?

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  • Talk about privacy!

    Have you ever wanted to live on an island, all by your lonesome self? Well, these folks found a way! There's a small island on Thornapple River and with a house on it. The only way to get there is by ferry. Your own personal ferry, that is. Coming to think of it, going back & forth for half an hour would make for a good upper body workout. :)You...

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Grand Rapids Sports & Outdoors

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    by dracko Written Feb 3, 2004

    If you're in town during the hockey season, be sure to go and check out the Grand Rapids Griffins - the local American Hockey League team. AHL hockey is always a blast to watch, and the tickets don't cost an arm and two legs.

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Grand Rapids Favorites

  • Great City, lots of fun

    Grand Rapids is a pretty cold place in the winter, but in the summer its just hopping with things to do outdoors. Being born and raised in Grand Rapids I know where to have fun. One of the best things to do in the summer is go to "Blues on the mall" Its a fun blues concert in the heart of grand rapids every wed. afternoon. And its FREE! When I...

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  • Riverside Parks and Plazas

    Once you arrive in downtown Grand Rapids, all the interesting sites are within a short walk of one another. Parking is available either in inexpensive garages, or is free on the street if you are willing to walk a couple of blocks.

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  • The Great Lakes and power boat...

    The Great Lakes and power boat races are the best fun! Racers are from all over the world. I think Brazilian won one year. Grand Haven is close by, about a half hour drive to see the many festivals at the beach of Lake Michigan. I saw Bruce Jenner, Don Johnson, Chuck Norris, and many celebrities race their power boats. That is GREAT FUN for me!

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