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The Top 10 Things to Do in Grand Rapids Everyone Should Try

The Top 10 Things to Do in Grand Rapids Everyone Should Try

If you’re planning a trip to Michigan anytime soon, or even just passing through, stopping at Grand Rapids is a must. This fairly large city consists of just under 200,000 people and is full of unique and interesting sites and features.

You won’t regret putting this town at the top of your travel list this year. If you’re traveling solo, with your significant other, or with the entire family, there is no shortage of things to do in Grand Rapids.

Top Things to Do in Grand Rapids

Some travelers are all about finding the best food and drinks the local restaurants and bars have to offer. Others are all about taking in as much of the local culture as possible. Finally, some people are all about hitting the tourist destination spots.

Regardless of your preferred flavor and style of travel, placed perfectly on the Grand River, Grand Rapids has a little something for everyone. Keep reading for the details.

1. Shop at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Whether it’s their first or hundredth time, one of the top priorities for people traveling to Grand Rapids is to hit up the local Downtown Market. Here, you’ll find some of the best food and drinks Grand Rapids has to offer.

For the shopaholics in the group, they’ll be pleased to find a plethora of indoor market vendors as well as monthly outdoor market events. Downtown Market also hosts several cooking classes and restaurants with rooftop dining.

If it’s your first time in Grand Rapids, you absolutely cannot miss Downtown Market.

2. Take a Walk on the Blue Bridge

If you look up Grand Rapids on popular social media platforms such as Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram, you’ll likely see the famous Blue Bridge. This 575-foot truss bridge is a common stop for Instagramers looking to take advantage of this historical site.

The Blue Bridge was originally built in 1892 and crosses over the Grand River. Serving as a walkway for locals and tourists alike, this bridge connects the downtown area with the Swan neighborhood, one of Grand Rapids many great neighborhoods.

3. Stroll Through Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

If experiencing timeless art and the serenity of nature is at the top of your list of things to do in Grand Rapids, be sure to check out the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Here, you’ll find 158 acres of flowers intermingling with beautifully sculpted works of art.

The park boasts quite accurately that it’s always growing, always beautiful, and always new. The park also offers learning opportunities and events for people of all ages. These include everything from student field trips to a master lecture series.

4. Follow the Beer City Ale Trail

If finding the best drinks in town is your game, you’ve come to the right place. Also known as Beer City, Grand Rapids is home to over 20 breweries.

To guide you in your quest, however, is the “Ale Trail” map, giving you the exact location of all the glorious breweries to be found in Beer City. Just remember to take it slow, the beer is quite good and you’ll want to remember it the next day.

5. Take in Some Culture at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

When most people think about taking in the culture, art comes to mind. While art can refer to everything from music to theater to painting, we’re specifically talking about the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

On their website, you can look at future, current, and past exhibitions. Of course, you can expect to see the works of modern and local artists. However, the GRAM also showcases a permanent collection full of historical and culturally relevant art.

Make sure you add the Grand Rapids Art Museum to your list of things to do in Grand Rapids.

6. Take a Dip in Lake Michigan

If you’re near Lake Michigan, you almost have to jump in the water. Of course, this is assuming you’re not there during the winter.

Grand Rapids has a myriad of Lake Michigan Beaches full of perfect sugary sand and gorgeous clear water. It would definitely not go amiss to take your special someone there to enjoy a breathtaking sunset (hint, hint).

7. Catch a Show at the Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids is a live theatre that produces innovative and thought-provoking performances.

Amazingly, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids provides jobs for over 100 local performers and artists every year. They are the only theatre in the city that pays their performers, although they do have plenty of volunteer workers.

Visiting this theatre is one of the best things to do in Grand Rapids to get a true sense of the local art and community.

8. Get a Glimpse of History at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Gerald R. Ford was the only American President to ever come from Michigan. As such, it’s only natural that one of the best cities in Michigan holds homage to him through a museum.

The Gerald R. Ford museum showcases the life of our past president and how he went from an Eagle Scout/Football Player to one of our most well-known presidents. You can also take an in-depth look at all of the issues and events handles by Ford during his presidency, including the Nixon pardon, Vietnam refugees, and the energy crisis.

9. Experience the Wildlife At the John Ball Zoo

Going to the zoo is one of the best things to do in Grand Rapids to spend a day with the whole family. There’s something about wild animals that captivate children and adults alike.

At the John Ball Zoo, you can expect to see over 1,500 animals. There are also several indoor and outdoor exhibits and live shows and events. You can also opt to engage in fun activities such as camel rides, zip-lining, and close encounters with some of the wildlife.

10. Have Date Night at Opera Grand Rapids

Finally, for a bit of culture mixed with class, give you and your significant other a reason to dress up with a trip to the local opera. Established in 1967, Opera Grand Rapids works to provide high-quality live opera performances.

Enjoy a night out experiencing the timeless and powerfully moving art of opera performed by some of the nation’s best talent.

Looking for a Place to Stay in Grand Rapids?

Most people can’t help but fall in love with this amazing city when they visit. Whether it’s all the things to do in Grand Rapids or the warm vibe of the locals, they’re often prompted to move their entire life over to become part of the magic that makes this city so exceptional. If you find yourself falling into this category, you’ll need a place to stay.

That’s where we come in. Contact us or take a look at our available units for a look at your next potential home!

Why Locals Love Living at River’s Edge

Why Locals Love Living at River’s Edge

It’s Right Next to the Grand River

Wouldn’t it be great to wake up and look out upon the Grand River every morning? At River’s Edge, you can. Our complex is located mere feet away from the river bend, allowing our renters to catch a glimpse of water life every time they look out of their windows or off of their balconies.

Whether you’re a river adventurer yourself or just an individual with an appreciation for beauty, our location will suit you well. There’s no better apartment view in the entire city of Grand Rapids.

It’s Located in Canal Park

Not only is River’s Edge located in close proximity to the Grand River, but it’s actually located within Canal Park. A great walking and relaxation place, Canal Park sports everything from walking trails to playground equipment to picnic tables and more. It even provides pedestrian access to the Grand River, allowing our kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding tenants to enjoy the water with ease.

So, while we’re located in the middle of a big city, we’re also located in one of the city’s most beautiful green spaces. You won’t have to face the hustle and bustle the second you step out of your door. You’ll start every morning with peace and tranquility.

It Has Its Own River Access Point

There are several different locations in Canal Park from which you can take a boat out onto the Grand River. They’re all more than suitable for getting the job done.

One of these river access points happens to be right in front of our complex, allowing our water adventuring tenants to get on the river with the least amount of legwork possible. Grab your kayak or your paddleboard, walk out your front door, and hit the river without a second thought!

It’s Surrounded By Bars and Restaurants

When it comes to proximity to bars and restaurants, River’s Edge is ideally located. Within a half a mile, you can find over 50 eateries and drinking establishments, allowing you to enjoy Grand Rapids nightlife with few restrictions.

Some of the restaurants in our vicinity include Choo Choo Grill, Grand Rapids Garage Bar & Grill, Linear Restaurant, and BrickYard Tavern. There are a variety of chain restaurants located nearby as well.

It’s Close to the Downtown Area

Though our complex isn’t in the downtown area, it’s not too far away from it either. A 1.5-mile drive or walk will bring you downtown, where you’ll be privy to everything from Founders Brewing Co. to Rosa Parks Circle to Heartside Park to various hospitals and more.

It Offers Ample Storage Space

One of the big challenges that you’ll run into with urban apartments is that they don’t provide a lot of storage space. Sure, they provide enough room for you to live in and store your necessities, but if you have any large possessions, they come up far short.

At River’s Edge, however, this isn’t so. Even our smallest apartments are more than big enough to store everything from kayaks to canoes to bikes and other bulky possessions.

Our 1-bedroom options include the Shiawasee, the Manistee, the Platte, and the Huron. These measure in at 831 square feet, 818 square feet, 876 square feet, and 816 square feet, respectively.

Our 2-bedroom options include the Pere Marquette, the Thornapple, the Au Sable, and the Escanaba. These measure in at 1,223 square feet, 1,112 square feet, 1,333 square feet, and 1,103 square feet, respectively.

It’s Pet-Friendly

Another one of the big issues common of urban apartments is that they don’t allow their tenants to have pets. If you’re an animal lover, this can be a bit of a gut-punch. That said, if you look hard enough, you can find a pet-friendly apartment.

In fact, our complex, River’s Edge, is as pet-friendly as they come. Whether you have dogs or cats, they will be welcome inside of and around our premises.

It’s as Walkable as Luxury Apartments Come

While Grand Rapids’ public transit system isn’t bad, it’s not on the level of big-city transit systems either. As such, in order to get around Grand Rapids on your terms, you’re usually required to either walk or drive your car. This is why it’s a good idea to choose an apartment with a high walkability score.

River’s Edge is located in a central area of the city and is therefore about as walkable as luxury apartments come. Whether you’re going to a restaurant, a park, or otherwise, you should be able to reach it on your legs within a reasonable amount of time.

It’s Luxurious

Simply put, our apartment complex is luxurious. Not only is it located in a luxurious area, but it also has all of the amenities needed to live a life of luxury.

Each of our apartments is equipped with walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. In addition, our facility provides controlled access, a fitness center, and ample waterfront views.

If you’re looking for the finer things in life, you can find them right here at River’s Edge. We’ll make you feel right at home.

Schedule a Showing Now

Has River’s Edge piqued your interest? If so, we would love to have you in for a showing of our luxury apartments. We have a variety of different floor plans for you to peruse, each of which offers something a little different in terms of space, view, and dimensions.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!