Top 10 Reasons:
There are thousands of reasons to visit and Live in Grand Rapids and Michigan.
1. Water Water Water...
Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.
Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska.
Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
2. Winter Activities
Come enjoy all that the winter has to offer in West Michigan! Start with ice skating under the stars at Rosa Parks Circle, snowmobiling through the trails of Michigan, skiing and snowboarding, and even try out the Muskegon luge!
3. Extravagant Exhibits
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Enjoy the many fun and exciting exhibits that Grand Rapids Museums have to offer. Check out the Grand Rapids Art Museum to see the brilliant presentation of the Calder Jewelry, visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to see the American and Cold War exhibit, and see all of Leonardo da Vinci's Machines in Motionat the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
4. Grand Rapids Griffins
Griffins' Forward Stacy Roest
This AHL team offers the coolest game in town. The Griffins, the primary affiliate of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings, play in the beautiful Van Andel Arena. Call (616) 222-4000 (616) 222-4000 or (800) 585-3737 (800) 585-3737 for ticket information.
5. Musical Events
Grand Rapids Symphony and The Opera Grand Rapids.
6. Dazzling Downtown
Grand Rapids river downtown
Enjoy all that downtown Grand Rapidshas to offer with energizing nightlife, fabulous restaurants, first-class cultural experiences, eclectic boutiques, a scenic river walk and a breathtaking skyline. Explore VisitGrandRapids.org to see all that downtown Grand Rapidshas to offer.
7. Shop ‘til you drop!
Shopping in Grand Rapids
Shopping doesn't have to end after the holidays. Visit one of our mega malls, the Woodland Mall, which contains more than 120 stores to see what deals you can find! RiverTown Crossings which includes 120 stores, nine restaurants and a 20-screen movie theater is another close by mega mall. Or buy local at one of our local neighborhood retailers for one-of-a-kind finds!
8. Local Performances
Van Andel Arena
Check out all of the wonderful performances happening at our 12,000 seated arena, Van Andel Arena.
9. Party of the Century
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Celebrate the Centennial 1910 - 2010 and progress through the decades with special Friday Nights at the Grand Rapids Art Museum now through April 2010 with music, art dialogue, dinner and drinks, social games and galleries open late.
10. Traveler's Choice
There's something for everybody in Grand Rapids. If we haven't hit your sweet spot with reasons 1-9, check our Grand Ideas for even more events and attractions and even book your stay with one of our Grand Ideas hotel packages. After your stay, make sure to come back and tweet about your experience at our G-Rap! Social Lounge which features our Twitter feed, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.