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About the Grand Rapids Area

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grinfo3Greater Grand Rapids, perhaps more than any other region its size, offers an incredible breadth and depth of lifestyle options. Here you will find a thriving arts community, entertainment that runs from baseball to alternative music, plus a recreational playground with unmatched possibilities season after season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Active, Diverse Arts Community

grinfo1Grand Rapids’ soul is expressed through its diverse range of museums, theater, events, and galleries attended by more than 1.5 million people annually. Their combined annual budgets exceed $12 million and all contribute to an unusually active, culturally diverse community.

 

 

 

Annual Festivals

Each year, ethnic and arts festivals, complete with authentic music, foods and traditions, highlight Greater Grand Rapids’ rich cultural diversity.

 

 

 

 

Entertainment

A re-born central city, combined with thriving suburban communities, make for an unusually diverse range of entertainment options, virtually any day – or night – of the week. Dining options abound – elegant, trendy, gourmet, or casual – and everything in between. The downtown area has a full range of clubs for every age group and taste – from the thriving blues and alternative music scene to jazz and dance. Grand Rapids offers multiple large multiplex movie theaters, as well as an IMAX theater. One of Greater Grand Rapids’ premier entertainment centers is Van Andel Arena. This world class, 12,000-seat venue hosts the Grand Rapids Rampage arena football team, and the Grand Rapids Griffins, a minor-grinfo2league hockey team of the Detroit Red Wings. The venue also attracts major national and international music, ice and celebrity performers. And if that’s not enough sports, Greater Grand Rapids is also home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, a Class A minor league baseball team of the Detroit Tigers, which plays in a facility built specifically for baseball that is the envy of the minor leagues.

 

 

 

 

Recreation

Greater Grand Rapids is a recreational wonderland. Whatever your pleasure – sailing, fishing, swimming, water-skiing – beautiful Lake Michigan, with its white-sand beaches, and the countless inland rivers, lakes and streams, make West Michigan a natural recreational haven. The rolling foothills that edge the lake offer tennis, skiing, camping, hang-gliding, and golf. With more daily-fee golf courses than anywhere in the nation, except California, Michigan is one of the world’s great golf destinations.

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Performing Groups

Grand Rapids Symphony

Grand Rapids Ballet Company

Opera Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphonic Band

Concert Venues and Theaters

DeVos Performance Hall

DeVos Place

Van Andel Arena

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Broadway Theatre Gulid

The Deltaplex

The Pinnacle Center

Circle Theatre

Wealthy Theatre

Master Arts Theatre

Spectrum Theatre

Heritage Theatre Group

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

Van Singel Fine Arts Center

St. Cecilia Music Society

Festival of the Arts

Museums and Parks

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Public Museum of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

Meijer Gardens

John Ball Zoo

Voigt House Victorian Museum

Meyer May House

Blandford Nature Center

Millenium Park

Sports Teams and Events

Grand Rapids Griffins (Hockey)

West Michigan Whitecaps (Baseball)

West Michigan Edge (Soccer)

Fifth Third River Bank Run (25k)

Grand Rapids Marathon

Grand Rapids Media

The Grand Rapids Press

Grand Rapids Magazine

Grand Rapids Family Magazine

Grand Rapids Business Journal

MiBiz

WOOD TV 8

WZZM 13

WXMI 17

urbanplanet.org – Grand Rapids

Transportation

Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Rapid Mass Transit