Explore Grand Rapids
One of America's Most Livable Cities
Why Grand Rapids?
Because you don’t have to choose between the excitement of big city life and the adventure of outdoor living. You get the best of both worlds.
What to do in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is a four-season city. There’s always something fun for everyone. Paddle along the Grand River, go skiing on the Cannonsburg slopes or get lost downtown as you make your way through the Beer City Ale Trail.
Places to visit:
- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
- Fruit Ridge Market
- ArtPrize Competition
- Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
- Oval Beach
- Founders Brewing Co.
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A History of Grand Rapids
Established by the Hopewell peoples more than 2000 years ago, Grand Rapids has a rich history. It went from small fur trading post to America’s furniture capital to one of the world’s preeminent healthcare centers. Located at the very heart of the Midwest, it’s now one of the fastest growing cities in the country.
Ease of Living
Grand Rapids is Michigan’s second most populous city. But it’s still very affordable and accessible. The surrounding neighborhoods boast many walkways, parks and bike lanes. And it’s home to large schools like Grand Valley State University and Calvin College. So it’s no surprise Grand Rapids continues to attract more families and college students to its suburbs.
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