Attractions

Gardens in Grand Rapids

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

The 158-acre gardens feature impressive blooms and hulking works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and others. It is 5 miles east of downtown via I-196.
Museum in Grand Rapids

Gerald R Ford Museum

The downtown museum is dedicated to Michigan's only president. Ford stepped into the Oval Office after Richard Nixon and his vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace. It's a bizarre period in US history, an…
Museum in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Art Museum

The city's beyond-the-norm art museum fills a sun-drenched building with 19th- and 20th-century works. European and American masters such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Richard Diebenkorn take pride of place. Free…
Plaza in Grand Rapids

Rosa Parks Circle

Maya Lin – best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC – created this round plaza in the heart of downtown. In summer it hosts concerts and swing dancing; in winter it becomes a popular …
Museum in Grand Rapids

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Emerging local artists show works at UICA. You might see sculptures made from glitter-dipped fried chicken, or photos of vacant lots. Exhibitions change every three months or so. Though galleries spread over four fl…
Museum in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives

This little museum/shop is worth a peek. Exhibits change regularly, but pop in and you might see a photography show of boxers like native son Floyd Mayweather, plus displays of old cotton scales, hair oil and other …