You’ve heard of Detroit and maybe even Ann Arbor but Grand Rapids is one of Michigan’s up and growing gems. It also is the second biggest city in the state. Fly into the Grand Rapids airport to avoid a long drive and pick up your rental car on arrival. Don’t wait to start exploring everything there is to do in this cool, Midwestern city.
A hidden secret of Grand Rapids is that some of the world’s most famous sculptures can be seen at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The park itself is huge at over 150 acres with multiple botanical gardens, walking trails and of course the artwork. Sculptures from the likes of Degas and Rodin are just a few on display. Keeping with the art theme stop by the Grand Rapids Art Museum which holds more than 5,000 pieces of art and holds regular classes, exhibits and special events.
The John Ball Zoo and Blandford Nature Center are two popular attractions for kids and families. These conservation and education centers are perfect for exploring during the spring, summer and fall. Geocaching is another popular activity that is popular in the city. Explore the city while searching for hidden treasures, you never know what you might discover completely off the beaten path.
What if you’re visiting Grand Rapids in winter? You might think this will limit your options but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Life doesn’t slow down in winter! It’s true Michigan winter’s aren’t for the faint hearted, but don’t cross all outdoor activities off your list. Grand Rapids has several parks and outdoor recreation centers where you can sled, cross country ski, and snowshoe even in the toughest winter days. The Downtown Farmer’s Market is open year round and is covered so you can stay out of the cold.
You might be surprised to know Grand Rapids has a vibrant food scene. There are specialty cuisines abound as well as global influences to be sampled. Why not try gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian. Traditional American diners serving popular fare are easy to find and you’ll want to make sure you stop in at the Cherie Inn at least once for a blowout breakfast. If you’d rather sip your way through the city, then you’re in luck. USA Today named Grand Rapids Beer City USA. There are over 40 breweries in the area, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.
When you’re planning your perfect Grand Rapids stay don’t worry about booking a rental car. We at Orbitz have got you covered with plenty of selections for all travelers. You can reserve your car ahead of time and save time at the airport, giving you no excuse not to get out and explore Grand Rapids.