Grand Rapids Travel Guide

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Grand Rapids Things to Do

  • Explore Meijer Gardens

    Frederik Meijer Gardens is a large garden. Since we were visiting in May, there were lots of bulbs blooming such as daffodits, hyacinths and tulips, as well as pansies, rhododendrons, and Bergenias. There are also beautiful shade gardens full of ferns, hostas, columbine, Lenten Rose, Astilbe, and Spanish Bluebells. There is excellent sculpture here...

  • Visit the Gerald Ford Museum

    Gerald Ford was the 38th president of the United States. There is a 20 minute film when you first go in and then you tour the museum on your own. When police arrested the 5 men who were working for the Nixon-re-election campaign inside Democratic headquarters on June 17, 1972, they confiscated cameras, wiretap equipment, break-in tools and $2,300...

  • Visit the John Ball Zoo

    We spent the afternoon at this interesting zoo. There are swan paddle boats out on the lake which are fun for kids. I especially enjoyed the Bald Eagle, penguins, Flamingos, Snow Leopard and Bengal Tiger exhibits. It's a small zoo but very well done. There are also camel rides. Very interesting.


    Oh, the fun in the fall.....Celebration (as the locals refer to it) is held the weekend FOLLOWING Labor Day. It begins before the weekend, actually, but one thing you can count on for sure is the fireworks on Friday. Held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, the evening includes music performed riverside capped-off by the wonderful fireworks.The weekend includes...

  • Make the cold FUN

    Sunbelters proclaim loudly that Michigan and "The North" just plain sux during the colder months. Well, OK, sort of. Winter, just like all things in life, is what you make of it. Some see a blanked out landscape, others see a piece of cardboard just begging for a chance to get you down the hill.Don't stop at just sledding, try tubing at Pando, X-C...

  • daVinci's Horse at Frederik Meijer...

    I've not been to see it yet, but the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park are quickly gaining recognition. daVinci's Horse is a magnificent 24 foot tall bronze sculpture with a great history. daVinci's original sculpture was destroyed before it was able to be cast. Then in 1977 a Pennsylvanian art collector made an attempt to recreate the sculpture,...


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Grand Rapids Restaurants

  • Great breakfast and superb coffee

    Billing themselves as a grill & bar with a Southwest -Infused American Cuisine I found it a great place for a fine and reasonably priced breakfast. The coffee itself was worth the visit. I can recommend the Acapulco: Two tortillas, scrambled eggs, chorizo, red and green peppers, onions, red chili sauce and Jack and cheddar cheese. Topped with...

  • If you like sushi

    If you like sushi, I highly recommend going to Tokyo Grill. They have the freshest salmon around. I think they have the best sushi in Michigan, and one of the best in the US. Service is excellent. Relaxing ambiance. sake (salmon)unagi rollsunagi a la carte

  • Outstanding lunch buffet

    Fred's is a family-run place, with a comfortable dining room, at a convenient, easy-to-find location. The lunch buffet is exceptional, with a wide variety of well-prepared Italian dishes---much more than just pizza-and-pasta. Last time I was there, the buffet price was $5.95.


Grand Rapids Transportation

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    Lots of construction going on during the summer months. It's quite common to stay in the lane that will soon close up ahead until just before the barrels. Then, cut somebody off as you force your way into the lane not closing. A great way to make friends!

    This first day in which it snows enough to slicken the roads is like the world's largest Driver Re-Education seminar, usually the highways come to a standstill because of the number of accidents. This year it was Monday November 24th, so hopefully that will no longer be a concern until late Fall 2004!

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Grand Rapids Local Customs

  • Festival!

    Festival of the Arts: The Nation's Largest All-Volunteer Arts Festival "In 1969, a stabile (pronounced stay-beal), was installed downtown in front of City Hall. Twentieth century American artist Alexander Calder created it. Once the sculpture was in place, the people of Grand Rapids started thinking that they needed an arts festival to celebrate...

  • Lingo

    When in Michigan, if someone offers to give you a "pop" they are not threatening you but rather offering to serve you a refreshment. "Pop" is what we call soda (or Coke if you're from the south.) People from other areas of the country make sure to correct you if you refer to soda as "pop."

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Grand Rapids Off The Beaten Path

  • Fallasburg Park Covered Bridge

    One of only two covered bridges in Kent County is located at Fallasburg Park. This park is also the site of the Fallasburg Fall Festival. This juried arts and crafts festival is sponsored by the Lowell Area Arts Council and is held every year during the last weekend in September.Park activities and facilities include: baseball diamonds, fishing,...

  • While you're at it, check out some other...

    Kent County has some other great parks as well. Siedman Park offers great X-C skiing, Wabasis Park has great campsites and a pretty good sledding hill in the winter.The newest park is Millenium Park, which is still under development. Millennium Park is a unique, ambitious project which will return approximately 1500 acres of industrial land to...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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    The latest addition to GVSU's presence in downtown Grand Rapids is the opening of the Center for Health Sciences. GVSU has strong Nursing and Physical Therapy programs, yet they were in cramped quarters on the main campus in Allendale, MI. The move to CHS was necessary, but will be beneficial as well due to it's location near Spectrum Health's...


    GVSU expanded into the city of Grand Rapids in approximately 1987 with the opening of the LV Eberhard Center. The University's presence in Grand Rapids was expanded further in 2000 with the opening of the Pew Campus shown in the previous tip.

  • Grand Valley State University

    This is where I went to college, and it's quite a dynamic university. GVSU has built itself up in a tremendous fashion, from fewer than 5000 students in 1980 to now over 20000 students across 6 campuses.


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