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Things To Do In Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids in 2014 was crowned by USA Today as America’s Best Beer Town, and in 2015 Groupon gave it the #1 spot among the top tourist destinations in the country. The burgeoning craft breweries, art scene, vibrant downtown, great historic sites, museums, farm-to-fork restaurants, access to world-class beaches on Lake Michigan, the sand dunes and the stunning sunsets enjoyed from this part of the Golden Coast, are some of the reasons why a Grand Rapids vacation is on every serious traveler’s wish list for 2016 and beyond. No matter what time of the year, a plan to vacation in the Grand Rapids Area will still spoil you with a long list of things to do.
Let’s take a look at some of the top attractions and things to do in Grand Rapids worthy considering for your vacation.
Experience the best of art and nature at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Majority of people vacationing in Grand Rapids easily recognize Frederik Meijer Gardens as one of the top attractions in the Midwest region. The park’s botanical garden and outdoor sculptures cover an area of not less than 125 acres. The space is stunningly beautiful, offering an experience of both art and natural masterpieces. It’s a must-see for art lovers, plant enthusiasts and people interested in family fun too. Being a venue featured in one of the largest art completions, ArtPrize, the park’s profile has risen into an international cultural destination.
Take a tour of the Meyer May House for some interesting Prairie architecture history
This offers an experience of an authentic Prairie architecture that Frank Lloyd Wright is well known for. The house has been restored to its original style and specifications as it was when first built in 1905. Take a tour of this house and a guide will inform you about its history or even some interesting facts you might not yet have known about Frank Lloyd Wright.
Go to the ArtPrize competition and see the most diverse works of art on the planet
ArtPrize is one of the largest international art competitions that showcases great diversity and some of the most beautiful works of art you can ever find anywhere in the world. The Art Newspaper recognizes ArtPrize as the world’s most attended public art event. It is held in Grand Rapids every fall and The New York Times highlights it in its “52 places to go in 2016”. The event has greatly contributed to the importance of Grand Rapids as one of the top destinations in the world featuring world-class art scenes.
Visit the Gerald R. Ford Museum to learn some interesting historical facts about the 38th US President
The museum is located on the banks of the Grand River with beautiful grounds, fountains and parking space. A visit to the museum offers one of the best opportunities to learn accurate historical accounts concerning the President Ford’s term in office. The memorial museum building is unique and the friendly staff is glad to help visitors coming to learn history and pay respects to the President as well as the former First Lady.
Visit the Fish Ladder for spring and fall fishing
If you love nature, Fish Ladder is the place to visit in spring or even fall when the fish is migrating upstream the river for the mating season. You will see steelhead in spring and salmon in fall. You can bring your family or a date here and if you wish to try some fishing.
Stop in Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery for some great donuts and wine
You can visit this place not only for the doughnuts and wine but also for apple picking and even cider tours. It’s a very clean place where you can have a great time with family or friends. There can be extremely long lines on Saturdays when most people come to pick some bags of apples. You will find so much on offer at this place including hayrides, corn maize and of course one of the best wine tasting experiences.
Cascade Winery & Jaden James Brewery is worth stopping in for great wines and beer
Michigan wines and beer lovers wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity of coming to this place while vacationing. Grand Rapids is one of the most popular beer cities in the USA. The wine tasting experience with decent wines can also promise an unforgettable experience during your vacation. The building shouldn’t turn you away because once you enter into the place will find friendly staff that will guarantee you an amazing experience tasting the wines or enjoying beer.
No Trip To Grand Rapids is Complete Without Visiting Founders Tap Room
If you have not heard of Founders. Well, you are surely missing the boat. With a great array of crafted beers and a killer food menu, this could easily have been the top of the list if we were going in a numeric order (which we are not).
Go for hiking at Provin Trails Park and enjoy the best of nature in the city
The little park is amazing with its trails in the woods. Dog walkers love the park and so are many families with kids that like to climb trees or run up and down hills. It’s also located close to the Robinette’s trails just across the street.
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