City Explorations

Grand Rapids City Vive  - Courtesy of Midwest Living MagazineArt museums, a presidential museum, antique shops, wineries and some of the top restaurants in the statesee what city life in Grand Rapids has to offer. Youll want to spend more than a weekend in this top notch city, which boosts a high-energy, walkable downtown with nightlife, sports, entertainment venues, and unique shops and boutiques. Grand Rapids offers a multitude of opportunities for family fun.

Below is a sample of things you can do and see while youre in town:

Located just a few miles away from downtown, discover the splendor of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a 125-acre botanical garden and world-class sculpture park, or plan to spend time at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The museum's commitment to current and future generations includes opening the doors of its current home in 2007 as the first newly-constructed, LEED Gold certified art museum in the world.

A nIght at the symphonyIf youre looking for truly sophisticated fun, then youll want to join theGrand Rapids Symphony for their Picnic Pops series and other great performances in July and August.

Or, you can check out Circle Theatrea community theater performing main stage and special childrens productions. Performances this summer include Treasure Island, Hair, See How They Run and Trailer Park.

The Voigt House Victorian Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the lifestyle, customs and traditions of late 19th-century and early 20th-century Grand Rapids.

If you work up an appetite during your escapades, then you should venture outside of the city to Robinettes Apple Haus & Winery, where youll find a bakery, a lunch counter and eating area, plus a cider mill, wine tasting area, and gift shop.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy the Blandford Nature Center--a free, 143-acre wooded park within city limits with miles of hiking trails through forests and wildflower meadows. One of the center's added-value amenities includes a 19th-century log cabin homestead and nature education activities.

At Coopersville area farms, just 20 miles from Grand Rapids, you can pick your own bushels of fruit in season at Gavin Orchardsand Ven Roys Blueberries.

One Trick Pony offers a grill and taproom along with fine dining and exceptional wine flights, plus top local and national music acts.

Treat the family to Mediterranean cuisine including pasta and parmesan-encrusted chicken, as well as burgers, sandwiches and pizza at Roses, an inviting eatery located on Reed Lake.

Jersey Junction provides a bit of nostalgia with its old-fashioned ice cream parlor and candy store, which has more than 200 different candies, including some old favorites such as candy buttons, candy necklaces, rock candy suckers and old fashioned candy sticks.

Round out your Grand Rapids area itinerary at The Acorn Grill at Thousand Oaks Golf Course Club and enjoy seafood, steaks, lamb, roasted duck breast, pasta, succulent starters, and beautiful greens in an inviting and picturesque setting.

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