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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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Grand Rapids Symphony
Grand Rapids Symphony
Attraction type: Symphonies
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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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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: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Museums; Libraries; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Grove Restaurant
Grove Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 789 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price:
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Marie Catrib's of Grand Rapids
Marie Catrib's of Grand Rapids
Ranked #2 of 789 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Contemporary
Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
Leo's
Leo's
Ranked #3 of 789 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Maru Sushi & Grill
Maru Sushi & Grill
Ranked #4 of 789 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Cuisines: Sushi
Dining options: Reservations
The Green Well
The Green Well
Ranked #5 of 789 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Bistro, Gastropub, Brew Pub
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Swan Inn Motel & Restaurant
Swan Inn Motel & Restaurant
$68 - $86
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Comstock Park
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Baymont Inn & Suites Grand Rapids SW/Byron Center
2.5 of 5
Baymont Inn & Suites Grand Rapids SW/Byron Center
$81 - $116
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Byron Center
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Prince Conference Center at Calvin College
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College
$99 - $109
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Grand Rapids
The Leonard at Logan House Bed and Breakfast
3.0 of 5
The Leonard at Logan House Bed and Breakfast
$120 - $247
Ranked #1 of 8 Grand Rapids B&B and Inns
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Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East
2.5 of 5
Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East
$116 - $215
Ranked #3 of 52 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
$262 - $310
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Grand Rapids
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Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
4.0 of 5
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
$192 - $297
Ranked #4 of 52 Hotels in Grand Rapids
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