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Guidebook for Grand Rapids

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Guidebook for Grand Rapids

Drinks & Nightlife
Closest brewery to the house. Largest brewery in Grand Rapids; it covers a full city block. Has awesome architechture and beer garden (and drinks) Also has a nice cocktail lounge/club upstairs.
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New Holland Brewing - Pub on 8th
66 East 8th Street
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Closest brewery to the house. Largest brewery in Grand Rapids; it covers a full city block. Has awesome architechture and beer garden (and drinks) Also has a nice cocktail lounge/club upstairs.
Best known Brewery that started in GR. Fun atmosphere, great sandwiches, and my favorite beer in town!
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Founders Brewing Co
235 Grandville Ave SW
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Best known Brewery that started in GR. Fun atmosphere, great sandwiches, and my favorite beer in town!
Fun place with a diverse crowd! Young or old; it's a fun place to dance and enjoy drinks with a live DJ or band. Recommend going after 11pm for most fun. Cover charge is typically $5. The Woods-tini is a nice drink to try (vodka-infused fruit)!
Grand Woods Lounge
77 Grandville Ave SW
Fun place with a diverse crowd! Young or old; it's a fun place to dance and enjoy drinks with a live DJ or band. Recommend going after 11pm for most fun. Cover charge is typically $5. The Woods-tini is a nice drink to try (vodka-infused fruit)!
The B.O.B is a fun go-to place for a variety of things. It is compiled of multiple restaurants with night club(EVE, opens at 11am and is on top floor), a comedy club(Dr. Grins, sells tickets online), a steak house(Judsons), a seafood place(Gilly's), a pizzeria(Bobarinos) and is attached to a new concert venue, (20 Monroe LIVE). A cool place to check out and see a lot of artwork, too! Check out what is happening at http://www.thebob.com/
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The B.O.B.
20 Monroe Avenue Northwest
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The B.O.B is a fun go-to place for a variety of things. It is compiled of multiple restaurants with night club(EVE, opens at 11am and is on top floor), a comedy club(Dr. Grins, sells tickets online), a steak house(Judsons), a seafood place(Gilly's), a pizzeria(Bobarinos) and is attached to a new concert venue, (20 Monroe LIVE). A cool place to check out and see a lot of artwork, too! Check out what is happening at http://www.thebob.com/
Unique bar surrounded in arcade games.
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Stella's Lounge
53 Commerce Avenue Southwest
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Unique bar surrounded in arcade games.
Great food and beer. Right in the heart of downtown!
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Grand Rapids Brewing Co.
1 Ionia Avenue Southwest
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Great food and beer. Right in the heart of downtown!
Great local brewery, close to the house! German food.
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Harmony Hall
401 Stocking Avenue Northwest
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Great local brewery, close to the house! German food.
Restaurant with busy nightlife. Great beer, even better fries and food!
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HopCat
25 Ionia Avenue Southwest
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Restaurant with busy nightlife. Great beer, even better fries and food!
Parks & Nature
It is a nature center with a hiking trail. They have forestry, barns, wildlife, etc! SUCH a peaceful place to relax and just be.
Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW
It is a nature center with a hiking trail. They have forestry, barns, wildlife, etc! SUCH a peaceful place to relax and just be.
Great place to hike!
Aman Park
0-113 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Great place to hike!
Has a beach, hiking/running trails and extends throughout Grand Rapids!
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Millennium Park
1415 Maynard Avenue Southwest
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Has a beach, hiking/running trails and extends throughout Grand Rapids!
A great place to relax in the heart of downtown.
Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave NW
A great place to relax in the heart of downtown.
Great paved hiking, biking and running trail that extends throughout downtown. See map here: https://www.kentcountyparks.org/kenttrails.php
Kent Trails
Great paved hiking, biking and running trail that extends throughout downtown. See map here: https://www.kentcountyparks.org/kenttrails.php
Great biking trail in Walker. See map here: https://www.traillink.com/trail/fred-meijer-heartland-trail/
Fred Meijer Trail
Great biking trail in Walker. See map here: https://www.traillink.com/trail/fred-meijer-heartland-trail/
Dog park within walking distance of my house!
Covell Dog Park
Dog park within walking distance of my house!
Arts & Culture
Great art!
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Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center Street Northwest
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Great art!
Fun place for kids and those of all ages who like to have fun!
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Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl Street Northwest
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Fun place for kids and those of all ages who like to have fun!
Local artists star in renound shows!
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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre And School Of Theatre Arts
30 Division Avenue North
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Local artists star in renound shows!
A great place to catch symphony concerts, large plays or ballet shows.
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DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Avenue Northwest
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A great place to catch symphony concerts, large plays or ballet shows.
A nice museum to visit, but more fun is the events, movies and concerts they have out front in the summer. Check out the 2017 Movies in the Park Showings: http://downtowngr.org/our-work/projects/movies-in-the-park
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The Gerald Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl Street Northwest
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A nice museum to visit, but more fun is the events, movies and concerts they have out front in the summer. Check out the 2017 Movies in the Park Showings: http://downtowngr.org/our-work/projects/movies-in-the-park
Art Gallery/Garden. Beautiful place to go! Also has an ampitheater that hosts a summer concert series.
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Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
1000 East Beltline Avenue Northeast
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Art Gallery/Garden. Beautiful place to go! Also has an ampitheater that hosts a summer concert series.
Entertainment & Activities
A great arena that hosts concerts, sports games and anything you can imagine! Check out what is going on before you come at: https://vanandelarena.com/
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Van Andel Arena
130 West Fulton Street
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A great arena that hosts concerts, sports games and anything you can imagine! Check out what is going on before you come at: https://vanandelarena.com/
Local zoo that is fun to go to with more than animals. Have ropes courses and other fun activities daily! There is also a concert venue in the park out front that has free live music some nights!
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John Ball Zoo
1300 Fulton West
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Local zoo that is fun to go to with more than animals. Have ropes courses and other fun activities daily! There is also a concert venue in the park out front that has free live music some nights!
There is a running track with a steep hill that I go to for exercise. This is within walking distance of my house!
Union High School
1800 Tremont Blvd NW
There is a running track with a steep hill that I go to for exercise. This is within walking distance of my house!
Baseball stadium that also hosts summer concerts!
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 West River Dr NE
Baseball stadium that also hosts summer concerts!
Everything Else
Check out https://www.experiencegr.com/ for more information about GR and what is going on arount town while you are here!
Experience Grand Rapids
171 Monroe Ave NW
Check out https://www.experiencegr.com/ for more information about GR and what is going on arount town while you are here!
The airport is the best place to rent a car.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
5500 44th Street Southeast
The airport is the best place to rent a car.
Sightseeing
Take a walk along many of Grand Rapids' bridges near downtown. A couple miles from my house, best to run or go by bike, but rewarding to walk around downtown back and forth among the bridges, especially our iconic blue bridge which lights up different colors at night! There is usually fun free events that happen on the bridge, from excercise classes to dancing events!
Blue Bridge
Take a walk along many of Grand Rapids' bridges near downtown. A couple miles from my house, best to run or go by bike, but rewarding to walk around downtown back and forth among the bridges, especially our iconic blue bridge which lights up different colors at night! There is usually fun free events that happen on the bridge, from excercise classes to dancing events!
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Grand Haven Beach
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Walk along Monroe Center, in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, for shops and restaurants or just to enjoy spending some time in Rosa Parks Circle!
Monroe Center Street Northwest
Walk along Monroe Center, in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, for shops and restaurants or just to enjoy spending some time in Rosa Parks Circle!
Rosa Parks is a nice place to relax. However, sometimes you'll run into random events like workout classes or dancing! In the winter, it turns into a skating rink and has open skate!
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Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center Street Northwest
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Rosa Parks is a nice place to relax. However, sometimes you'll run into random events like workout classes or dancing! In the winter, it turns into a skating rink and has open skate!
A fancy hotel with many restaurants and bars. Cygnus 27 (on the 27th floor) is a fancy bar with the best view of the town! Depending on the season, they have a great brunch.
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Ave NW
A fancy hotel with many restaurants and bars. Cygnus 27 (on the 27th floor) is a fancy bar with the best view of the town! Depending on the season, they have a great brunch.
Essentials
Pharmacy right around the corner of my house. Has small essentials!
Rite Aid
2036 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Pharmacy right around the corner of my house. Has small essentials!
Closest supermarket - has everything you should need!
Family Fare Supermarket
2755 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Closest supermarket - has everything you should need!
Not as close as Family Fare, but is larger and has clothing and outdoor items!
Meijer
315 Wilson Avenue Northwest
Not as close as Family Fare, but is larger and has clothing and outdoor items!