While in West Michigan

West Michigan has so much to see and do, you’ll start planning your next visit before you finish your first! If your sights are set on learning, you’ll love our museums and historic places. Experience our zoos. Explore our lighthouses. If it’s adventure you’re after, take a day cruise. Rent a dune buggy. Tame a wild water park. If culture is your pursuit, let West Michigan entertain you with festivals galore and performing arts year around.

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second largest city, offers small-city comfort with big-city sophistication. You can stroll the downtown river walk, explore historic Heritage Hill, enjoy evening performances, and cheer at professional sporting events. The city’s bustling Downtown District offers night clubs, theaters and dining options galore. Four outstanding museums are all within walking distance, and just minutes from downtown, the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park combines nature’s beauty with extraordinary modern sculpture.

Simply head a short distance to the west of Grand Rapids to experience charming seaside villages, a thousand miles from the sea. Explore quaint coastal towns and spectacular beaches in Grand Haven, Holland and Muskegon. Visit a vast array of art and sculpture galleries, dune-filled parks and Michigan’s Adventure amusement park.

City of Grand Rapids
Downtown Map
Grand Rapids City Map
Downtown Dining Map
Downtown Parking Map
Visitor Information Centers
Hotels in the Area
Driving Directions
More on the West Michigan Area


Amtrak—Service to and from Chicago
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Metro Transit—There is bus service that travels from GVSU’s downtown campus to Allendale and has a stop in front of the field house.  There is also Metro Transit service to and from the Gerald R. Ford International airport.

What to do while in town

Van Andel Public Museum
Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
AHL Hockey—Grand Rapids Griffins
Arena Football—Grand Rapids Rampage
West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball
Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Craig’s Cruisers
Shopping Malls