The state’s second-largest city, developed around the Grand River, has built a big reputation for culture, cuisine and craft beverages.
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Grand Rapids Michigan
ArtPrize
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ArtPrize 

This popular public art event (September 15-October 2, 2022) brings hundreds of pieces of art to parks, bridges, hotels, restaurants and more throughout the city—even the river. Check out not only the art, but also concerts, festivals and family creativity projects. artprize.org

The B.O.B.

The Big Old Building buzzes with energy from its occupants: restaurants, bars, night clubs, a comedy club and brewery. thebob.com

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
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Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park 

Waterways and paths lead through the 30-acre sculpture park featuring 100-plus pieces, plus a children's garden area and Japanese garden. meijergardens.org

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 

This museum dedicated to the 38th president of the United States, a Grand Rapids native, explores key moments in his life. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Grand Rapids Art Museum

A collection of 6,000 pieces spans the pre-Renaissance era through the 21st century. artmuseumgr.org

Grand Rapids Downtown Market 

The indoor market hosts more than 20 vendors as well as Slows Bar B Q and 10 more dining options. downtownmarketgr.com

Grand Rapids Public Museum 

Diverse exhibits include an 1890s streetscape and displays on toys and West Michigan habitats. grpm.org

John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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John Ball Zoo 

Kids love the petting corral, aviary, camel rides, funicular tram, ropes course and four-story zipline. jbzoo.org

Meyer May House 

The 1909 home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a prominent clothier, was restored by local company Steelcase and offers free tours. meyermayhouse.steelcase.com

Brewery Vivant
Brewery Vivant
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Eat and Drink

Brewery Vivant 

One of dozens of breweries in a town that brands itself Beer City U.S.A., Brewery Vivant pours frothy pints in a former funeral home chapel with stained-glass windows. Try the rustic ale Farm Hand. breweryvivant.com

Founders Brewing Company

One of dozens of breweries in a town that brands itself Beer City U.S.A., Founders pours frothy pints of Breakfast Stout. Pair it with beer cheese dip. foundersbrewing.com

Grand Rapids Brewing Company 

Enjoy classic dark-wood-and-brick brewery ambience, a game room, and beers such as Rosalynn Bliss Blonde (named for the mayor). grbrewingcompany.com

Linear Restaurant 

Take a riverfront seat for seasonal American dishes such as beet gnocchi or stuffed quail at this downtown spot. linearrestaurant.com

Margaux 

Michigan's abundant produce influences the fusion of French and American foods at this JW Marriott restaurant. marriott.com

The Sovengard

Scandinavian flavors meld with meat and produce from local vendors at this farm-to-table restaurant. Dine alfresco and play bocce ball or move inside for house favorites like the handmade pierogi. sovengard.com

Uncle Cheetah's Soup Shop

A dozen made-from-scratch soups fill the chalkboard. Some of the most popular? Vegetable cream cheese, lobster bisque and white chicken chili. unclecheetahs.com

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Amway Plaza Grand Hotel
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Stay

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel 

Crystal chandeliers, gold-leaf details, an on-site flower shop and more than a half-dozen dining options hint at the opulence of the restored 1916 hotel. amwaygrand.com

Canopy

Borrow bikes (free to guests) and explore the trails around downtown at this newest Hilton property. hilton.com

CityFlatsHotel

In the heart of downtown, the eco-friendly hotel offers rooms with locally made furniture, bamboo linens and a unique design. cityflatshotel.com

JW Marriott Grand Rapids 

This luxury hotel strives to make stays as relaxing as possible with touches that include lavender-scented bath products, soft and firm pillow options, and a spa. ilovethejw.com

More information  experiencegr.com