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Things to do in Grand Rapids

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Brewery
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“One of the top ten largest craft breweries and fastest growing in the country! ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“www.meijergardens.org. Botanical Garden and outdoor sculpture park. DON'T MISS THE HUGE AMERICAN HORSE STATUE based on Da Vinci drawings! Ample parking available on site. Expansive 158 acres for walking/hiking, full of flowers and sculpture, historical Michigan Farm barn and garden area, new Japanese Garden with hiking all around the lake, trolley rides, outdoor concerts in the summer, children's water play and education area about the five Great Lakes, Indoor desert plants garden, souvenir store, indoor cafe, Tropical indoor garden, indoor spring Butterfly exhibit. About 15 minutes away.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“See Andy Warhol and other great art. The GRAM is in the heart of downtown GR and internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. See more than 5,000 works of art, American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Excellent chef. Treats employees well. Medium priced. Brewery. Dining and drinking. Belgian themed. Close”
  • 47 locals recommend
Market
“Great little indoor market area with multiple places to eat and shop. Including fresh seafood/fish market, bread shop, juice vendor, sushi vendor, sweets/pie vendor, barbecue, and more. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Best Tacos with the best atmosphere! They also have amazing cocktails - even virgin cocktails! ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
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“Best known for its laid-back arcade atmosphere, intimidating selection of whiskey (Canadian, Scotch, Irish, American, and a few Michigan-made varieties), and award-winning, giant stuffed burgers, Stella’s Lounge is a downtown destination you won’t want to miss. Flat screens play throwback TV shows from your childhood, and arcade games priced at only 25 cents abound for kids and adults alike. The food offers an impressive variety including several gluten-free and vegan options. Weekends get very busy to be prepared to wait if you can’t go during the week.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
“Home of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Van Andel Arena is the biggest venue in the city. Check out their website for upcoming events prior to your visit. The arena is a convenient 10 minute walk from the building or short uber ride. You can also use the heated skywalk from Devos Place all way to the arena.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Museum
“The Grand Rapids Public Museum rises three stories above the downtown riverfront. Inside, a fascinating panorama of permanent collections and temporary exhibits preserve the treasures of the past and the present. Great spot for kids but interesting enough for adults too.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Museum
“Fantastic, historic and informative. Parking at the venue. About 15 minutes away.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“HopCat is great for lunch, dinner or a night on the town. It is located right in the heart of downtown and is walking distance to several other bars and restaurants. We've brought our kids as well so during the day it is very family friendly! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“I eat brunch here at least once a month. Delicious food and best mimosas. They offer variety of fruit juices for mimosas (Orange, guava, cranberry, pineapple etc.)”
  • 21 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“If you like sushi, this is the best in Grand Rapids. It's also in the East Hills neighborhood which is great for walking and close to coffee shops, breweries, boutique's and yummy ice cream. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Delicious homemade food for vegans and meat lovers. 5min walking distance from house.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Zoo
“Great zoo with lots of animals. Small enough to get through it all in a day. Interactive petting zoo!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“The happy hour is great, the food is ALWAYS amazing and it's an awesome atmosphere. What's not to love? ”
  • 22 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“One of the top ten largest craft breweries and fastest growing in the country! ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Brewery
“Excellent chef. Treats employees well. Medium priced. Brewery. Dining and drinking. Belgian themed. Close”
  • 47 locals recommend
Taco Place
“Best Tacos with the best atmosphere! They also have amazing cocktails - even virgin cocktails! ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bar
“Best known for its laid-back arcade atmosphere, intimidating selection of whiskey (Canadian, Scotch, Irish, American, and a few Michigan-made varieties), and award-winning, giant stuffed burgers, Stella’s Lounge is a downtown destination you won’t want to miss. Flat screens play throwback TV shows from your childhood, and arcade games priced at only 25 cents abound for kids and adults alike. The food offers an impressive variety including several gluten-free and vegan options. Weekends get very busy to be prepared to wait if you can’t go during the week.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bar
“HopCat is great for lunch, dinner or a night on the town. It is located right in the heart of downtown and is walking distance to several other bars and restaurants. We've brought our kids as well so during the day it is very family friendly! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“If you like sushi, this is the best in Grand Rapids. It's also in the East Hills neighborhood which is great for walking and close to coffee shops, breweries, boutique's and yummy ice cream. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I eat brunch here at least once a month. Delicious food and best mimosas. They offer variety of fruit juices for mimosas (Orange, guava, cranberry, pineapple etc.)”
  • 21 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Delicious homemade food for vegans and meat lovers. 5min walking distance from house.”
  • 28 locals recommend

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