Matt’s guidebook

Matt
Matt’s guidebook

Sightseeing

One of the most popular festivals in Grand Rapids is Art Prize. The festival is an international art competition that brings in artwork from artists around the world. This year, Art Prize 2022 is from September 15th - October 2nd. Art is exhibited throughout the city of Grand Rapids in public parks and museums, in galleries and storefronts, in bars or on bridges.
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ArtPrize HUB
41 Sheldon Boulevard Southeast
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One of the most popular festivals in Grand Rapids is Art Prize. The festival is an international art competition that brings in artwork from artists around the world. This year, Art Prize 2022 is from September 15th - October 2nd. Art is exhibited throughout the city of Grand Rapids in public parks and museums, in galleries and storefronts, in bars or on bridges.
Iconic blue pedestrian walking bridge spanning across the mighty Grand River - They light it up at night! 12 min drive from house
The Blue Bridge
Iconic blue pedestrian walking bridge spanning across the mighty Grand River - They light it up at night! 12 min drive from house
Great place to visit for the entire family! 15 min drive from house
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John Ball Zoo
1300 Fulton West
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Great place to visit for the entire family! 15 min drive from house
Hands on learning area for kids 2-10 years old
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Grand Rapids Children's Museum
11 Sheldon Avenue Northeast
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Hands on learning area for kids 2-10 years old
Check the GRG website for game times. The GR Griffins play at the historic Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Griffins
130 Fulton Street West
Check the GRG website for game times. The GR Griffins play at the historic Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids
Check out a West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball Game at the LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, MI. (20 min drive from house/12 miles). Check website for game times.
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West Michigan Whitecaps
4500 West River Road Northeast
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Check out a West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball Game at the LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, MI. (20 min drive from house/12 miles). Check website for game times.
Our favorite place to hike is at Saugatuck Dunes State Park (40 min drive from house). Plenty of easy to moderate hiking trails for all ages - the best part is the trails overlook beautiful Lake Michigan. We actually got engaged here so it is a special place for both of us! There is also a direct beach trail if you don’t feel like climbing the dunes and just want to get some sunshine. Great place to explore and bring the whole family!
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Saugatuck Dunes State Park
6575 138th Avenue
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Our favorite place to hike is at Saugatuck Dunes State Park (40 min drive from house). Plenty of easy to moderate hiking trails for all ages - the best part is the trails overlook beautiful Lake Michigan. We actually got engaged here so it is a special place for both of us! There is also a direct beach trail if you don’t feel like climbing the dunes and just want to get some sunshine. Great place to explore and bring the whole family!
Another great place to hike and get outside with the whole family!
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Yankee Springs Recreation Area
2104 S Briggs Rd
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Another great place to hike and get outside with the whole family!
If you would like to discover the neighborhood around the house, we recommend taking a walk down to Oriole Park. There is a walking/bike path, picnic area, playground equipment and splash pad (in summer) for kids, as well as basketball and tennis courts (6 min walk from house/0.3 miles). Very dog friendly!
Oriole Park
1380 42nd Street Southwest
If you would like to discover the neighborhood around the house, we recommend taking a walk down to Oriole Park. There is a walking/bike path, picnic area, playground equipment and splash pad (in summer) for kids, as well as basketball and tennis courts (6 min walk from house/0.3 miles). Very dog friendly!
Interested in taking a longer walk? Check out the Buck Creek Trail (20 min walk/1 mile) from house- asphalt trail extends 2.5 miles through woods right in the city. There are usually deer and other wildlife wandering through the trees! Just head straight down 42nd street until you reach Burlingame St. Cross the street and turn left. There is a parking section for cars near the trail. Kent Trails bike/walking trails are close by also. Dog friendly!
Buck Creek Nature Preserve
4269 Burlingame Avenue Southwest
Interested in taking a longer walk? Check out the Buck Creek Trail (20 min walk/1 mile) from house- asphalt trail extends 2.5 miles through woods right in the city. There are usually deer and other wildlife wandering through the trees! Just head straight down 42nd street until you reach Burlingame St. Cross the street and turn left. There is a parking section for cars near the trail. Kent Trails bike/walking trails are close by also. Dog friendly!
There are so many family friendly events happening at Frederick Meijer Gardens! This fall, check out the "Chrysanthemums & More" for an annual celebration of autumn! This event runs from 9/17-10/31/21. It features huge floral displays, fall foliage and family-friendly activities. Check out their website for more information!
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Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Avenue Northeast
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There are so many family friendly events happening at Frederick Meijer Gardens! This fall, check out the "Chrysanthemums & More" for an annual celebration of autumn! This event runs from 9/17-10/31/21. It features huge floral displays, fall foliage and family-friendly activities. Check out their website for more information!
Check out the GR Civic Theatre website for more information of upcoming musical performances coming to Grand Rapids!
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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre And School Of Theatre Arts
30 Division Avenue North
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Check out the GR Civic Theatre website for more information of upcoming musical performances coming to Grand Rapids!
Pedal your way through downtown Grand Rapids on a brewery tour. Check out their website!
Great Lakes Pub Cruiser LLC
Pedal your way through downtown Grand Rapids on a brewery tour. Check out their website!

Food scene

Another great way to celebrate fall is apple picking! Quick 20 min drive from house. This West Michigan orchard has been around for over 100 years and has a restaurant, cider mill, bakery, corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo and wine tasting. Make sure to get a picture by the famous red apple statue! 20 min drive from house
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Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery
3142 4 Mile Road Northeast
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Another great way to celebrate fall is apple picking! Quick 20 min drive from house. This West Michigan orchard has been around for over 100 years and has a restaurant, cider mill, bakery, corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo and wine tasting. Make sure to get a picture by the famous red apple statue! 20 min drive from house
Located in Fennville, MI (45 min drive from house/43 miles) - Another great fall destination! U-pick apple orchard, 20 acre corn maze, cow train and hay rides, restaurant, and winery. Their apple cider donuts are fantastic!
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Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze
6054 124th Avenue
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Located in Fennville, MI (45 min drive from house/43 miles) - Another great fall destination! U-pick apple orchard, 20 acre corn maze, cow train and hay rides, restaurant, and winery. Their apple cider donuts are fantastic!
Market hall filled with artisan cuisine, local grocery items and unique foods! Basically, a Foodie’s Paradise! Open 7 days a week. They also deliver if you prefer to stay in.
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Downtown Market Grand Rapids
435 Ionia Ave SW
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Market hall filled with artisan cuisine, local grocery items and unique foods! Basically, a Foodie’s Paradise! Open 7 days a week. They also deliver if you prefer to stay in.
One of the most famous and popular breweries in downtown GR
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Founders Brewing Co
235 Grandville Ave SW
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One of the most famous and popular breweries in downtown GR
A favorite local cider mill and winery
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Vander Mill Grand Rapids
505 Ball Ave NE
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A favorite local cider mill and winery
Located in Wyoming, MI. Hands down, our favorite authentic Mexican restaurant that’s close to our house! We love the chicken fajita burrito! 6 min drive from the house
Lindo Mexico Restaurante Mexicano
1742 28th St SW
Located in Wyoming, MI. Hands down, our favorite authentic Mexican restaurant that’s close to our house! We love the chicken fajita burrito! 6 min drive from the house
Wyoming, MI - Our favorite spot to get Taco’s! Right across the street from Lindo Mexico! 6 min drive from house.
Taco's El Caporal (28th St)
1717 28th St SW
Wyoming, MI - Our favorite spot to get Taco’s! Right across the street from Lindo Mexico! 6 min drive from house.
Voted Best Burger in GR! 10 min drive from house
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Stella's Lounge
53 Commerce Avenue Southwest
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Voted Best Burger in GR! 10 min drive from house
Best Breakfast Restaurant - Located in Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids - Go early, there’s usually a line! 16 min drive from house
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Wolfgang's Restaurant
1530 Wealthy Street Southeast
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Best Breakfast Restaurant - Located in Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids - Go early, there’s usually a line! 16 min drive from house
Grandville, MI - Breakfast/ Lunch Restaurant - Go early, there’s usually a line! 7 min drive from house
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Anna's House
3766 Potomac Cir
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Grandville, MI - Breakfast/ Lunch Restaurant - Go early, there’s usually a line! 7 min drive from house
Great local diner in Wyoming, MI serving breakfast and lunch- 5 min drive from house
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Noble Restaurant
1851 44th St SW
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Great local diner in Wyoming, MI serving breakfast and lunch- 5 min drive from house
3 locations total between Holland and Zeeland. 30 min drive from house. Home of the Tommy Turtle Sundae! Popular presidential tour spot - their variety of sundaes are awesome! Also have mini golf for kids at the Holland location!
Captain Sundae
537 West Main Avenue
3 locations total between Holland and Zeeland. 30 min drive from house. Home of the Tommy Turtle Sundae! Popular presidential tour spot - their variety of sundaes are awesome! Also have mini golf for kids at the Holland location!
Our favorite homemade ice cream spot! 22 min drive from house.
MOO-ville West in Zeeland
6420 Byron Road
Our favorite homemade ice cream spot! 22 min drive from house.
Holland, MI - Best homemade from scratch blueberry donuts we have ever eaten! Bakery, farm-store and offers U-Pick blueberries in the summer
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Bowerman Blueberries Farm Market
15793 James St
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Holland, MI - Best homemade from scratch blueberry donuts we have ever eaten! Bakery, farm-store and offers U-Pick blueberries in the summer
Wyoming, MI - Our go to pizza place - 5 min drive from house
Russo's Pizza
1760 44th Street Southwest
Wyoming, MI - Our go to pizza place - 5 min drive from house
Check out the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids. The Main Season Market runs from 5/7/22-10/29/22 every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 am-2pm. Check out their website for more details!
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Fulton Street Farmers Market
1145 Fulton Street East
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Check out the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market in downtown Grand Rapids. The Main Season Market runs from 5/7/22-10/29/22 every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 am-2pm. Check out their website for more details!