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Best of Grand Rapids Guide

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Grand Rapids
The comforts of a friendly, small-town atmosphere combined with the pleasures of big city life make Grand Rapids an ideal choice for a fun getaway with a host of indoor and outdoor activities. Once known as the furniture capital of the world, the city has a reinvigorated downtown area and a thriving arts and cultural community. Its most popular attraction is the museum dedicated to native son Gerald R. Ford, 38th U.S. President, where interactive exhibits take you to the White House and the 1976 Republican National Convention. Wander through the state's largest tropical conservatory at the Frederik Meijer Gardens, a magical wonderland of gardens, woodlands and over 100 bronze statues by famous artists, including... more The comforts of a friendly, small-town atmosphere combined with the pleasures of big city life make Grand Rapids an ideal choice for a fun getaway with a host of indoor and outdoor activities. Once known as the furniture capital of the world, the city has a reinvigorated downtown area and a thriving arts and cultural community. Its most popular attraction is the museum dedicated to native son Gerald R. Ford, 38th U.S. President, where interactive exhibits take you to the White House and the 1976 Republican National Convention. Wander through the state's largest tropical conservatory at the Frederik Meijer Gardens, a magical wonderland of gardens, woodlands and over 100 bronze statues by famous artists, including the 24-foot bronze horse designed by Leonardo da Vinci. More outdoor fun is a half-hour away at the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. Golf lovers have plenty of places to hit the greens since Grand Rapids has more privately owned, daily-fee, public courses than any other U.S. city. Wind up your busy weekend with a cold beer at the Hair of the Frog Brewery or the Grand Rapids Brewing Company. less

All things to do » Things to do

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Owner description: View modern sculpture in a stunning garden setting at this combination botanical garden and sculpture park, which features exotic plants, desert and Victorian gardens, wetlands... more Owner description: View modern sculpture in a stunning garden setting at this combination botanical garden and sculpture park, which features exotic plants, desert and Victorian gardens, wetlands, meadows, and sculptures by famous artists throughout. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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Meyer May House
Meyer May House
Owner description: Built for a prominent merchant in 1908, this prairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located in the elegant Heritage Hill district, where over 60 architectural... more Owner description: Built for a prominent merchant in 1908, this prairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located in the elegant Heritage Hill district, where over 60 architectural styles are represented. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites
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Leonardo da Vinci's Horse
Leonardo da Vinci's Horse
Owner description: The Renaissance man’s plans to sculpt a 24-foot bronze horse were never realized until an American sculptor created two models based on da Vinci’s drawings, one of which graces... more Owner description: The Renaissance man’s plans to sculpt a 24-foot bronze horse were never realized until an American sculptor created two models based on da Vinci’s drawings, one of which graces the Frederik Meijer Gardens. less
Attraction type: Monuments & Statues
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Art Prize
Art Prize
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum
Owner description: Grand Rapids' pride in native son and 38th American President Gerald R. Ford is reflected in the museum that honors him, which transports you back to the 70s through interactive... more Owner description: Grand Rapids' pride in native son and 38th American President Gerald R. Ford is reflected in the museum that honors him, which transports you back to the 70s through interactive displays and holograms, including a chance to eavesdrop on an eventful day in the Oval Office. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Grove Restaurant
Grove Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 836 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price:
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Marie Catrib's of Grand Rapids
Marie Catrib's of Grand Rapids
Ranked #2 of 836 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Sandwiches, Mediterranean, Delicatessen, Contemporary
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Leo's
Leo's
Ranked #3 of 836 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Wolfgang's Restaurant
Wolfgang's Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 836 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast
The Chop House - Grand Rapids
The Chop House - Grand Rapids
Ranked #5 of 836 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price: $60 - $80
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Good for: Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Baymont Inn Grand Rapids N/Walker
2.5 of 5
Baymont Inn Grand Rapids N/Walker
$85 - $169
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Walker
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Swan Inn Motel & Restaurant
2.5 of 5
Swan Inn Motel & Restaurant
$73 - $92
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Comstock Park
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Best Western Executive Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5
Best Western Executive Inn & Suites
$96 - $177
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Wyoming
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Grand Rapids East
2.5 of 5
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Grand Rapids East
$140 - $210
Ranked #1 of 47 Hotels in Grand Rapids
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Prince Conference Center at Calvin College
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College
$99 - $109
Ranked #2 of 47 Hotels in Grand Rapids
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids
$129 - $227
Ranked #5 of 47 Hotels in Grand Rapids
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids
4.0 of 5
JW Marriott Hotel Grand Rapids
$285 - $342
Ranked #3 of 47 Hotels in Grand Rapids
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Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
4.0 of 5
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
$226 - $307
Ranked #4 of 47 Hotels in Grand Rapids
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