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Explore Grand Rapids

Make the most of your stay with us by taking advantage of the exciting attractions near our hotel! Home to historic and interactive museums, robust arts & culture, exciting attractions, and much more, Grand Rapids is thriving with exciting things to do year-round.

Whether you are looking to spend a day exploring a historic museum, tasting delicious local beer, or embracing the beautiful outdoors, Grand Rapids offers a wide array of exciting local attractions and fun things to do that are sure to please everyone in your group.

Our convenient location near Gerald R. Ford International Airport makes it easy for our guests to take advantage of all that Grand Rapids has to offer. Check out our local recommendations and start planning your Grand Rapids getaway!

Grand Rapids Winter Events

Winter Events Grand Rapids

No matter what the season, there is so much to do in Grand Rapids! Our hotel is the perfect place to stay for travelers looking to explore all Grand Rapids has to offer.

Explore our comfortable accommodations and start planning your stay today! Explore some winter events in Grand Rapids, Michigan below.

Winter Events

Ice Skating on Rosa Parks Circle Now until March 5, 2017
Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State January 27, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Westchester Knicks February 1, 2017 at 7pm
Beer Month February 15, 2017 - March 17, 2017
Coffee Tours
Cooking Classes

More Winter Events

Grand Rapids International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival

Grand Rapids International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival

Attend the Midwest’s Largest Wine, Beer & Food Festival in Grand Rapids! Now in its' ninth year, the Grand Rapids International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival is Michigan's premier tasting event. Foodies and wine enthusiasts will enjoy over 1,600 wines, beers, spirits, and ciders. You will not want to miss this annual event!

Area Entertainment

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Named one of the top 30 museums in the world, a visit to these gardens will inspire love for the beauty of artwork in conjunction with plant varieties from around the world. Covering over 158 acres of land you will find something fresh and unique around every corner. Come see what is in bloom.

John Ball Zoo

Lions, tigers, bears, oh my! Explore different exhibits of all types of animal species, from majestic predators to aquatic wonders at this extensive zoo that focuses on conservation and preservation of the animal kingdom.

Blandford Nature Center

Get your hands dirty and learn about various ecosystems and environmental relationships at this educational garden. Become a nature expert as you explore as you explore 143 acres of nature and bliss. This is the perfect destination for a relaxing stroll or a hiking journey.

Beer Tours

With a great number of local breweries to choose from, you are guaranteed to get your beer fix during your visit. With big name breweries in the craft beer market such as Founder's and Bell's, along with a variety of micro-breweries, a tour of Grand Rapid's beer havens is sure to leave you satisfied.

Grand Rapids Symphony

Celebrate the works of historical composers! A night at the symphony will leave you breathless and inspired. With a full schedule and extensive repertoire, you are sure to find a performance that is perfect for a family night, romantic outing, and more.

Art & Museums

Meyer May House

This Frank Lloyd Wright home is a fantastic display of innovative and authentic architecture. Take an extensive tour of one of the finest buildings in all of Grand Rapids.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Visit the resting place of our 38th president, complete with exhibits of his personal life and political career. Explore history with exhibits of Ford's possessions, campaign materials, and galleries that outline key events that took place during his tenure as the president of the United States.

Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Take your kids on an adventure full of educational and creative fun. With exhibits for a variety of age groups, this children's museum has something to please everyone in your group. Come build, learn, and grow.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Fun for all ages! This eclectic collection of galleries and exhibits is sure to pique the interest of art lovers, history junkies, and science geeks. Come enrich your mind with everything from hands on exhibits to out-of-this-world planetarium display.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Surround yourself with amazing art collections from the 19th and 20th centuries. With collections from America and Europe, you are sure to enjoy exploring the many exhibits featured in one of the top ranked cultural institutions in all of Michigan.

Convention Centers & Arenas

Van Andel Arena

Go Griffins! Come see a thrilling hockey game full of action from players that aspire to play for the Detroit Red Wings. The arena also serves as a full scale concert venue.

DeVos Place Convention Center

The show must go on! With hundreds of national and international tours making this arena a stop of their Midwestern leg, you are sure to find many of your favorite artists on the schedule.


Millennium Park

Established on top of 1,500 acres of marshlands and waterfronts, this urban park is a fantastic destination for outdoor fun. Come lay under the sun at the beach or explore the vast forested trails that are perfect for hiking and biking.

Fish Ladder Sculpture

Watch Michigan's fishermen in action with a stunning backdrop of the city skyline. This multi-level structure provides viewers with the perfect spot to see salmon leap upstream.