Grand Rapids Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Grand Rapids; our list of the best things to see, including Van Andel Arena, Festival of the Arts and Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts.
  • The best place in Grand Rapids: Van Andel Arena

    Van Andel Arena

    130 West Fulton
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    Heartside food nearby
  • Festival of the Arts

    Festival of the Arts

    this summer weekend event is the nation's largest all-volunteer arts festival
    Chosen by the Library of Congress as a Local Legacy. This event generally occurs in the first full weekend of June.
    Heartside eat nearby
  • Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts

    Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts

    41 Sheldon Blvd SE
    Hosts art exhibitions and art house cinema not found elsewhere in the area. Check website for gallery hours and movie listings.
    Heartside restaurants nearby
  • Fulton Street Artisan's Market

    Fulton Street Artisan's Market

    Booth space is fairly cheap. Open June 14th to September 17th (in 2009), Sundays from 11-3. On the corner of Fulton and Fuller streets.
    Midtown food nearby
  • Blues on the Mall

    Blues on the Mall

    Usually the best time to take in downtown nightlife during the week.
    Heartside eat nearby
  • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

    Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

    30 N. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre [GRCT] is the largest community theatre in Grand Rapids and one of the largest in the entire United States, with over 3,000 season ticket holders annually. We reach over 90,000 people during a single season: 110 performances of the six main stage productions; twenty performances of the two productions for children; and a varying number of special events.
    South East Community restaurants nearby
  • Circle Theatre

    Circle Theatre

    1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
    Circle Theatre continues to produce a season of main stage and Magic Circle productions during the summer months of May through September. The rest of the calendar year is focused on the academic theatre programs of Aquinas College and the Catholic high schools.
    Eastown food nearby
  • Gerald R. Ford Museum

    Gerald R. Ford Museum

    303 Pearl Street NW
    Ford Museum, 303 Pearl Street NW, 616-254-0400, [8]. Every day 9AM-5PM exc. holidays. Chronicles the United States' "accidental" presidency, the only Chief Executive never elected to serve, who restored a measure of trust to the office following its greatest crisis. Jerry's final resting place is just north of the museum. Downtown on the west bank of the Grand.
    Swan eat nearby
  • Dog Story Theatre

    Dog Story Theatre

    7 Jefferson Ave SE
    Blackbox theatre that rents space to different acting troupes, so there's always something fresh going on! Comedy on Monday nights.
    Heartside restaurants nearby
  • Actors' Theatre

    Actors' Theatre

    143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    Actors' Theatre is committed to bring West Michigan the best in entertaining, innovative, challenging and thought-provoking theatre.
    Heartside food nearby
  • Bistro Bella Vita

    Bistro Bella Vita

    44 Grandville Ave SW
    Fantastic Mediterranean country cuisine. One of the best values in all of West Michigan. This is more like a place you'd find in New York or Chicago. Great wine and beer list. Open for lunch and dinner.
  • Grands Rapids Art Museum

    101 Monroe Center
    In addition to its permanent collection, features special exhibitions.
    Heartside restaurants nearby
  • Van Andel Museum Center

    272 Pearl Street NW
    M– Sa 9AM–5PM, Su 12PM–5PM, [7]. Offers the sights and sounds of centuries gone by, coming alive once again. Downtown on the west bank of the Grand. Adults $8, ages 3-17 $3.
    Swan food nearby
  • Lindo Mexico Restaurant

    Lindo Mexico Restaurant

    1292 28th St SW
    Fresh Food with the Real Mexican Flavor
  • Papa’s Dogs & More

    Papa’s Dogs & More

    2996 28th St Southwest
    Home of the Bullmastiff, 1/2lb Angus Beef Hot Dog with 3 strips of thick cut bacon. Hours of operation are Mon - Thurs 11:00am - 8:00 pm. Fri - Sat 11:00am - 9:00pm. Located at 2996 28th Street SW Grandville, MI Between Ivanrest & Byron Ctr. 616-530-9044
  • Florentine Grandville

    Florentine Grandville

    3245 28th St SW
    There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't met.
  • Rose's

    550 Lakeside Drive SE
    One of the many Gilmore collection restaurants, this is arguably the most popular. It has a great view and many delicious, yet tasty, foods.
  • Charlie's Crab

    63 Market Ave SW
    Some of the best seafood Grand Rapids has to offer in a refined setting overlooking the Grand River.
  • Marie Catrib

    1001 Lake Dr
    SE on the corner of Diamond and Lake, (616) 454-4020. Fabulous sandwiches, soups, and some Middle Eastern dishes. Amazing desserts (try the Sticky Toffee).
    East Hills
  • San Chez Bistro

    38 West Fulton St
    Upscale food, big city atmosphere, casual attire. Cuisine of Spain with a Latin and Cuban flair. Specializing in Tapas, Sangria, Sherries, Ports and a wonderful wine list.
  • Yesterdog

    1505 Wealthy SE
    Genuine early-20th-century memorabilia, genuine all-beef hotdogs, seemingly chaotic order-taking/filling procedure (trust them: it works). A quirky local institution in the Eastown neighborhood. (If you want to pass for a regular, skip the "dog" when ordering: e.g. "two Yester[dog]s, one Cheddar[dog]". Buy a T-Shirt!)
  • Thai Express

    4317 Kalamazoo Ave SE
    The best Thai place to eat at, especially on a student budget. Most dishes are between $6-8
  • Diversions

    10 Fountain St NW
    just west of Division Ave. Buses 6,9,13.
  • Silver Derby

    816 Burton St
    SE near the corner of Eastern, (616) 243-5777. This "dive bar" has a great atmosphere and amazing chili dogs.
    South East End
  • Gaia

    209 Diamond Ave
    SE just south of Cherry Street, (616) 454-6233. Ample servings of delicious vegetarian food in the closest Grand Rapids gets to a bohemian atmosphere.
    East Hills
  • Founders

    235 Grandville Ave SW
    Count on a great variety of beer and occasional live music. Buses 1-16 and 18 all terminate at Central Station across the street.
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