Welcome to Grand Rapids

Places Rated Almanac says Grand Rapids is #3 in the nation when it comes to fun and recreation. Field & Stream Magazine calls Grand Rapids America's 6th best fishing city. The region has earned Top 10 accolades for its golf, arts, beaches, and even one of its roller coasters. In other words, you can expect to have a great time! Start with the big-city excitement of downtown Grand Rapids, where a bustling entertainment district offers nightclubs, theaters and dining options galore. Four outstanding museums are within walking distance, along with an arena hosting professional sports and big name concerts, a historic home district and a riverwalk bordering a salmon-rich river. You'll find big shopping malls and neighborhood boutiques, family fun parks and championship golf courses, plus one of the Midwest's leading tourist attractions - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, an amazing collection of art and horticulture.

Some of the city's top choices for visitors include:

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616-957-1580, 888-957-1580
Plan at least four hours and up to eight hours to enjoy all that there is to offer. Walk the outdoor nature trails and boardwalk, study world-class sculpture within the outdoor sculpture park (including "Leonardo's Horse", a finished interpretation of the giant sculpture da Vinci intended to be his masterpiece), climb on the great scoop Paletta Grande by Francesco Nicola Sansovino and enjoy endless hours of fun with the kids in the children's garden. Visit the indoor areas including a special sculpture exhibitions in the lovely indoor galleries, see the largest tropical conservatory in the state of Michigan and gaze at exquisite arid and carnivorous plants. The gardens host special concerts in their outdoor amphitheater.

IMAX Theatre
2121 Celebration NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616-530-SHOW
Enjoy an intense cinematic experience during the IMAX's large format film presentation at this theatre.

Thousand Oaks Golf Club
4100 Thousand Oaks Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616-447-7750
Overlooking the Grand River, this 18 hole golf course is a tribute to Rees Jones, an outstanding golf course architect. The course features several elevated tees and a rich natural setting. The restaurant is open to the public year round.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum
22 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI
616-235-4726
Children direct their own learning at this hands-on museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, where they play with slippery bubbles, study a live beehive, learn the magic of mirrors and more.

Van Andel Museum Center
272 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI
616-456-3977
Depicting the heritage and manufacturing history and traditions of Grand Rapids, this public museum houses a variety of interesting exhibits from a working 1928 carousel to an authentic streetcar from the 1890s