I am planning a trip to Grand Rapids for a weekend but will not have a car. Any suggestions on fun things to do in the downtown area?
Downtown Grand Rapids is loaded with things to do all in walking distance.
Museums, breweries concert, venues,and restaurants are all located near one another downtown.
As Grdault said, the Van Andel Museum Center, Gerald R Ford Museum, Childrens Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Library, UICA, River Walk, sixth st damn and Fish Ladder, Downtown Market, The Bob, Founders, plenty of neat bridges, churches, houses (Heritage Hill), buildings, fountains, and walkways/plazas to check out. You can tour the Amway Grand Hotel (self guided), go to the Cat Cafe if ya like cats, rent a bike (through your phone), go down a river (GR Paddling I believe - they pick you up/drop you back off), segway tours, running/walking tours, classes for cooking and art, and more that I am just forgetting right now. I live downtown and use public transit often. On Friday, if your there then, the Dash buses (Monday through Friday) run every 7-8 minutes until 10pm. The Silver Line runs all week and never less than every 30 minutes. The Dash and the Silver Line are both free downtown. If going outside of downtown or taking a different route buy the day pass ($3.50).
Friday and Saturday you can take route 12 to the zoo, just a couple miles from downtown. 12 does not run on Sundays. You can take route 15 to Leanard and The Beltline and walk 10 minutes to Fedrick Meijer Gardens. Route 7 to Blanchard Nature Center.
Grand Rapids Brewing and Stellas both have archades. If 21± a pinball haven is right across from Stellas (cannot remember the name). The convention Center, Van Andel Arena, theaters, and more provide events and concerts everyday and their downtown so check events at www.expierencegr.com
And you can go to Dave&Busters, and two trampoline parks, and movies in Woodland Mall via route 6. Route 8 for Rivertown Crossings Mall. Some bowling alleys offer night bowling. I have not listed inside mini golf or other entertainment centers though Craigs Cruisers is a five minute walk from the 54th st Meijer via route 10.
I will try to stop from here. $45 will get you to Grand Haven, MI via Lyft, Uber, or three other local companies plus you can cab it. You can also consider taking Amtrak to Saint Joseph, MI for the day or Holland, MI via Amtrak or Greyhound. Grand Rapids Tree Adventure ? Is at knapp Corners (Knapp and the Beltline) via route 15.
Plenty more. For whatever reason bus service ends earlier on Saturday and Sundays so watch bus route times closely.
Grand Rapids was named beer city a while back so you can take a distillery tour, a weekend hop on hop off brewery route, a walking or riding brewery tour and anything else related to beer. Downtown is the place to be. :-)Edited: 3:27 pm, June 12, 2018
Just a couple additional thoughts. The KCAD www.kcad.edu/galleries/ may or may not be open when you visit. Two other museums downtown are www.graama.org and www.michiganmasonsfoundation.org (go to programs)
The closest thing to a casino will be Big Winners at 52nd and Eastern via route 4. From duiling pianos, nightly comedy shows, nightly concerts, murals, art, and much more, no doubt you will enjoy your stay. Please be sure to ask any further questions. https:/…Edited: 7:47 pm, June 12, 2018
Wow. Thank you so much!