Welcome To Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Restaurants and Entertainment

Grand Rapids loves to eat out, our great city boasts some of the best dining anywhere in America. Not only are all the usual restaurant chains here, but this is just a wonderful city to explore fine dining.

Before embarking on your guided tour of Greater Grand Rapids, dine in style, then enjoy the most amazing world-class entertainment, arts and cultural events our exciting city has to offer. Paul McCartney and Elton John to spectacular Broadway shows, to AC/DC and the most wonderful Grammy Award-Winning Grand Rapids Symphony … experience Grand Rapids and you’ll fall in love.

Grand Rapids and West Michigan are warm, welcoming and recognized nationally as one of the best places to live in the United States. You’ll be proud to call Grand Rapids “Home”. Welcome home.

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Welcome To The Grand Rapids Experience

Experience big-city excitement without the big-city hassle! Downtown Grand Rapids offers a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within a 10-minute walk. You’ll encounter clean, safe streets and friendly people – beginning with our roving Safety Ambassadors, who traverse downtown on foot, bicycle, and Segway. Just flag one down if you need assistance, directions, a map or anything else. Look for the bright teal and blue uniforms!

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Van Andel Arena: World-Class Entertainment

Van Andel Arena® — the Must Play Destination of Michigan’s second largest and fastest-growing market — has thrust Grand Rapids into the forefront of the entertainment industry. The 12,000 plus capacity Van Andel Arena is managed by SMG, the leading private management company for public assembly facilities worldwide. The Arena was named in recognition of the largest benefactor, Jay and Betty Van Andel.

Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids offer the perfect combination of cosmopolitan flair and Midwestern hospitality to make any event a success. Since marking its Grand Entrance on October 8, 1996, Van Andel Arena has attracted the biggest names in family shows, concerts and sporting events.

Acts such as Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond, Disney On Ice, NCAA Hockey Regional Championships, the AFL Arena Bowl XV game, Detroit Pistons exhibition games and Elton John have demonstrated the Arena’s versatility.

Other event highlights include Kenny Chesney, World Wrestling Entertainment, Eric Clapton, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Man Group, Michael Bublé, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Who, The Eagles, Bob Seger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kid Rock, Taylor Swift and Cirque du Soleil.

Van Andel Arena ranked in Billboard Magazine as the second highest grossing venue with a 10,001-15,000 seating capacity for the 2000-2009 decade worldwide.

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The Magic of Frederik Meijer Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened in April 1995 after 13 years of planning and fundraising by the West Michigan Horticultural Society. In 1990, Fred and Lena Meijer were asked for their support, and they embraced the concept of a major cultural attraction centering around horticulture and sculpture. The original vision has turned into a top cultural destination in the Midwest region, known internationally for the quality of the art and gardens.

Meijer Gardens’ dream and commitment is to create a legacy of lifelong learning, enjoyment and a rich cultural experience for generations to come. It is a non-profit organization, privately funded by grants, foundations and individual and corporate gifts. The organization is operated by almost 200 full and part-time staff, more than 1,000 volunteers and supported by gifts from more than 27,000 member households and many donors.

Meijer Gardens promotes the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of gardens, sculpture, the natural environment and the arts.

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The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

At the core of the Museum is the permanent exhibit, which allows visitors to experience highlights from President and Mrs. Ford’s lives. The exhibit teaches democratic citizenship and allows for quiet reflection. In addition to the permanent exhibits, changing temporary exhibits draw artifacts from Museums all over the country.

Not all museum programming revolves around the exhibits; the museum also offers a wide variety of family-friendly events and lectures on a regular basis; the Museum Store sells items relating to the Ford presidency, other Presidents and First Ladies, and other souvenirs.

The Ford Museum opened to the public in September 1981 and is part of the Presidential libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration, a Federal agency.

The Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids, Michigan while the Ford Library is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Despite the separation, the library and museum are a single institution sharing one director.

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The Great Lakes: Spectacular Beaches

Getaway to the Michigan beaches and sand dunes of Grand Haven, Holland, South Haven, St. Joseph, Muskegon, Ludington, Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Saugatuck.

Relaxing, carefree days are still prime-time for Michigan’s beach towns. The 200-mile stretch of sandy Lake Michigan beaches are perfect for the most spectacular sunsets. Around every corner there is a farmers markets selling fresh, seasonal produce.

Hike towering dunes, stroll soft sand beaches and explore the art coast as you make your way through Michigan’s spectacular beach towns.

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John Ball Zoological Gardens

John Ball Zoological Garden is one of the Midwest Region’s great tourist attractions and is located on the west side of the city of Grand Rapids. The John Ball Zoo is situated on the ravines and bluffs along the west edge of the park.

The zoo houses a variety of animals from around the world and is a significant regional attraction. With the Zoo School and Wildlife Conservation Fund, the zoo gives something back to the community and world as a whole. The zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and was the first zoo in Michigan to receive accreditation.

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Greater Grand Rapids Community Insights

Here are some important links which will help select the right community for you and your family:

Ada is full of charm and is one of the most sought after locations in West Michigan

Cascade Township is renowned for higher-end homes and boasts a great school system

Enjoy sailing and boating on Reed’s Lake: See all the charm East Grand Rapids has to offer

Caledonia is one of the fastest growing communities in West Michigan

Kentwood is a great place to raise a family with a broad range of homes in all price ranges

Grandville enjoys easy access to Grand Rapids and the RiverTown Crossings Mall

The City of Wyoming is the perfect lifestyle for home owners – come be a part of it

Rockford provides both shopping and recreation – it’s an active and friendly community

Welcome Home To Grand Rapids, Michigan

There’s much, much more to explore and discover in one of the most exciting big markets anywhere in the United States. Grand Rapids is recognized as one of America’s best places to live. Housing is among our country’s most affordable when compared to any real estate market across this great land.

For the professional guidance and advice you need to make a wise real estate decision in the Grand Rapids market, call or text Bob Reid at Elegant Homes and Gardens on 616.821.4375 … or email Bob at: RobertReid@ElegantHomesAndGardens.com

I look forward to helping you and your family achieve your real estate and financial goals.