Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. It sits along the Grand River and is the childhood home of U.S. President Gerald Ford. A historic furniture-manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world’s leading office furniture companies, and is nicknamed “Furniture City.” Other nicknames, according to Wikipedia, include “River City” and, more recently, “Beer City” given by USA Today and adopted by the city as a brand. If you are looking for fun outdoor activities in Grand Rapids, the opportunities are limitless. We have listed some of the most popular options below.

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Frederik, Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is one of the nation’s most prestigious sculpture and botanic experiences. The park opened in April 1995 and is named after Fred and Lena Meijer of Meijer Inc., the supermarket chain. At one hundred and fifty-eight acres, Meijer Gardens includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory, five indoor theme gardens, outdoor gardens, nature trails, and a boardwalk. It also includes sculpture galleries and a permanent sculpture collection, library, cafe, gift shop, education center, and rooms to hold special events. If you like gardening, art, or culture, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a must-see experience.

Millenium Park

Grand Rapids is home to one of the nation’s largest urban parks with portions in Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville, and Wyoming. Millennium Park was launched in 2000 as a regional celebration of our nation’s millennium. An ambitious project, it reclaimed 1,500 acres of heavily-used land for public recreation. Now it offers an abundance of rolling terrain and six miles of frontage on the Grand River. The park is full of natural resources, featuring unique habitats and large natural areas for wildlife to thrive. Amenities within the park include a six-acre beach and splash pad, boat rental facilities, 18 miles of walking and bike trails, pavilions for renting, playgrounds, and other outdoor activities to explore.

Blandford Nature Center

Consider yourself a wildlife guru? Test your skills at the Blandford Nature Center. The Blandford Nature Center is a 143-acre property that includes wooded areas, fields, streams, and ponds. It operates as a wildlife rescue that cares for injured wildlife, most which become permanent residents after injuries leave them unable to survive in the wild. These animals become “wildlife ambassadors” and participate in presentations to help educate the public on wildlife. The center focuses on promoting stewardship through education on the environment and natural systems. Many interactive programs are offered for both children and adults. There is also a farm on-site, known as the Blandford Farm, which features community gardens and provides a chance for children to learn about farming and agriculture. It raises healthy farm animals and grows over 200 varieties of vegetables.

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