Contact us

You're Here: Experience GR


Grand Rapids is a remarkable combination of urban sophistication and small town warmth, known for its philanthropic and sustainable driven community. It’s a region of abundant natural resources, unique wonders of Lake Michigan and where outdoor recreation is a year-round pursuit. Grand Rapids offers all the big-city excitement you’d expect from a million-resident metropolis, featuring over 75 restaurants and nightspots, a state-of-art convention center, theatres, museums and sports venues all within a clean, safe, walkable downtown.


Grand Rapids is home to literally hundreds of restaurants that together present a wide variety of global cuisine. From trendy and chic to something altogether unique, you'll find it within walking distance.


Our downtown entertainment district puts you in the middle of a dazzling array of nighttime diversions: live-music bars, sports bars, brewpubs, comedy clubs, theatres and more. Everything's within a five-minute walk of downtown.


Placed Rated Almanac ranked Grand Rapids as the #3 city in the nation for fun and recreation. Probably because we offer all the cultural diversions of a cosmopolitan city along with the spectacular recreation of an outdoor paradise.


The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, brand new Grand Rapids Art Museum and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park are but a few of the many places to explore, alone, or with family and friends. The Grand Rapids Children's Museum will keep the kids entertained for hours, while UICA is full of unique and thought-provoking contemporary art. Or explore Grand Rapids history and more at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.


On Michigan's West Coast the lakeshore appeals to beach enthusiasts with dune rides and dune climbing as well as beach volleyball and swimming. Whatever your passion, the Grand Rapids area thrives with superior golf courses, pristine parks, and lakes, streams, and rivers. Grand Rapids is also great for biking and hiking and was rated the sixth most popular fishing city in the U.S. by Field and Stream magazine (2006).

Michigan's West Coast

Michigan's West Coast is one of the 25 Most Beautiful Shorelines in all the world. So even when you're living it up in the heart of the city, you're right on the edge of a blissful beach getaway.

West Michigan Events

Between festivals, concerts, art, food, and Broadway shows, something is always happening in and around Grand Rapids. Events that cater to all ages and interests are going on now.