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City Guide: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Located on the banks of the Grand River that winds through downtown, Grand Rapids is an endlessly entertaining destination that will make your group’s travel dreams come true. Stroll the walkable downtown with its more than 200 restaurants, entertainment venues, and museums. Explore America’s No. 1 sculpture garden, shop West Michigan’s largest European Christmas Village, and more before resting and rejuvenating at one of the area’s more than 10,000 hotel rooms. 

SEE

FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK 

FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK
Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

This 158-acre attraction features the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest, indoor and outdoor gardens, the largest tropical conservatory in the state, nature trails, a guided tram, and more.

1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE | (888) 957-1580 | meijergardens.org

GERALD R. FORD PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM

Gerald Ford Presidential Museum building exterior
Credit: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

America’s most entertaining presidential museum is a multimedia tribute to Grand Rapids’ most famous son and the nation’s 38th president. Docent-led student group tours and adult self-guided tours give insight into the lives of President and Mrs. Ford.

303 Pearl St. NW | (616) 254-0400 | fordlibrarymuseum.gov

ARTPRIZE

ARTPRIZE building exterior
Credit: Nick Irwin for Experience Grand Rapids

Hundreds of diverse works of art are displayed all over downtown Grand Rapids during the world’s largest public art event. Held Sept. 13–28, 2024, this annual international art competition tallies visitor votes to determine a grand prize winner.

41 Sheldon Blvd. SE | artprize.org

EAT

GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET

People at table toasting
Credit: Ideology for Experience Grand Rapids

Every member of your group will find something to enjoy at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, which is home to more than 20 diverse restaurants and artisan food vendors. After your meal, shop the Market for food staples and gifts.

435 Ionia Ave. SW | (616) 805-5308 | downtownmarketgr.com

ROBINETTE’S APPLE HAUS & WINERY

People standing and tasting cider
Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

This family-owned and -operated fruit farm offers a market, cider mill, winery, and bakery with delicious homemade baked goods. Its century-old gift barn is stocked with fine collectibles as well. Learn how cider is made and enjoy wine-tasting.

3142 4 Mile Road NE | (616) 361-7180 | robinettes.com

THOUGHT DESIGN 

Thought Design building interior
Credit: Rachel Greiner for Experience Grand Rapids

At Thought Design, a “mind lab” that fosters creativity and connection, groups can choose from various cooking classes that engage all five senses to deepen the learning experience. Try a group cooking competition, team-building culinary workshop, or all-hands-on-deck multicourse meal. 

10 E. Bridge St. NE, Rockford | (616) 951-1336 | thought-design.com

DO

CHRISTKINDL MARKT 

Young women shopping at market
Credit: Bryan Esler for Experience Grand Rapids

Visit this traditional European Christmas Market, featuring artisan gift and food vendors, live entertainment, and festive fun, all at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Warm up with Glühwein, hot cocoa, waffles, raclette, bratwurst, and more. Christkindl Markt runs from mid-November through December. 

435 Ionia Ave. SW | (616) 805-5308 | christkindlmarktgr.com 

LOCAL EPICUREAN 

People in aprons pouring olive oil over food
Credit: Haley Chicoine for Experience Grand Rapids

A wide range of classes will help beginners and experienced cooks alike build their culinary abilities and confidence. Schedule ahead and bring your group of up to 48 guests for a customized activity that is both educational and delicious. 

1440 Wealthy St. SE | (616) 206-5175 | thelocalepicurean.com 

EASTERN FLORAL 

Woman making a floral arrangement
Credit: Rachel Greiner for Experience Grand Rapids

Expert designers from this long-standing floral shop will walk your group through the steps to create a beautiful floral arrangement or succulent garden. Family-owned and -operated since 1970, Eastern Floral offers tips and tricks to harness your inner florist. 

2836 Broadmoor Ave. SE | (616) 949-2200 | easternfloral.com 


For Planning Advice

CONTACT: BRITNY AVERY 
Specialty Sales Manager 
Experience Grand Rapids 
171 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 545
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 233-3574 
bavery@experiencegr.com 
experiencegr.com 

Must-Knows for Drivers

Driving to Grand Rapids is easy and direct via interstate highways. The city is located at the intersections of Interstate 96, Interstate 196, and U.S. 131, so motorcoaches can access the city from the north, east, south, and west. 

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