Plan a West Michigan “staycation” in Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s called Beer City, USA and GR for short and it’s the second largest city in the state of Michigan! Grand Rapids is a vibrant, fun and exciting place to live, work and visit.

Grand Rapids was named one of America’s 8 Most Underrated Cities by Thrillist. 

We’ve scoured the web looking for recommendations and reviews of places and activities you must do! To get your “staycation” in Grand Rapids started, here are four activities you should try.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Meijer Gardens
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Photo: Rachel Kramer/Flickr

Frederik Meijer Gardens is a 158-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park that offers a beautiful environment to explore. The Gardens also offers a summer concert series each year.

“This place is always a joy. We go each year for the Christmas trees decorated presenting various countries. I honestly believe anytime of year would be a joy.” Trip Advisor Review

Related: 10 Places for beer lovers to try in West Michigan

Gerald R. Ford Museum

Gerald R. Ford Museum
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Photo: Shannon McGee/Flickr

The Gerald R. Ford Museum has artifacts, interactive exhibits and history about the 38th president of the United States and his wife. It is also his final resting place. The museum offers an interesting look into one of the past leaders of the U.S.

“We have visited many presidential museums in our travels around the country and this is one of the best. I grew up in this era, so maybe that had something to do with it. I highly recommend a visit.” Trip Advisor Review

John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo
John Ball Zoo Photo: Addie VanDreumel/Flickr

John Ball Zoo is a fun place for families and kids. The zoo features animals of all kinds and a zip line! It has special events for different holidays like Halloween. For great family fun, John Ball Zoo is worth the visit.

“They have a great chimpanzee exhibit, a beautiful aquarium, a zip-line, camel rides, swan paddle boats, and a petting area.” Yelp Review

Meyer May House
Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Grand Rapids called Heritage Hill, the Meyer May House is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house from the early 1900’s. The house offers various free tours throughout the week.

Meyer May House
Meyer May House Photo: PRODaniel X. O’Neil/Flickr

“Tour was very informative. I learned a lot and was fascinated by the beautiful architecture. Would recommend anyone in the area to take a tour… you won’t regret it.”  Yelp Review

Want more ideas? Check out this list and come back to our website for our next guide coming soon:  Plan a West Michigan “staycation” in Muskegon.

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