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Named after the family responsible for its existence, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a place all visitors to Grand Rapids must experience. This 158-acre (64 hectare) facility comprises a botanical garden as well as a sculpture park. Indoors, you can explore the Lena Meijer Conservatory as well as various gardens; outdoors, there is the famous Sculpture Park featuring pieces by the likes of Auguste Rodin and Jaume Plensa. Michigan's Farm Garden, meant to replicate a typical family farm from the 1930s, complete with bronze sculptures of pigs and goats, is one of the major attractions of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The Amphitheater Garden, with a capacity of 1900, plays host to concerts in the summer. This is a place the whole family is sure to fall in love with.
Located on Pearl Street, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum opened its doors to public in 1981. Managed and operated by National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), this museum highlights important aspects of President and Mrs. Gerald Ford's life. Apart from the enlightening permanent exhibits, there are regular visiting exhibits from organizations like the Smithsonian, National Archives and such. The facility also plays host to some community festivities like the Fourth of July fireworks. Artist Stuart Padnos designed a huge, robotic-looking Gerald Ford as a University of Michigan football player made of scrap metal. This artwork was installed in the museum campus in 2003.
One of the oldest history museums in the country, Grand Rapids Public Museum offers an immersive and educational experience to those visiting. Ideal for people of all ages, over 250,000 exhibits at this museum are all each better than the previous one. Special emphasis is given to educate the visitors regarding the history, eco-system and culture of Grand Rapids.
Meyer May House is an optimal example of Praire School architecture and was built in 1909. This two storied structure was open to the public in 1987 and was registered under both National Register of Historic Places and Michigan State Register of Historic Sites in 1971 and 1986 respectively. The main attraction of the house is the artistic glass windows and the terraces and gardens. They have retained all the original furnishings of the house and group tours are provided on prior request.
Located on Fulton Avenue, the John Ball Zoo is owned and operated by the County of Kent. One of the most attended cultural facilities in the city, the zoo is home to over 250 species of animals, amounting to one of the largest collections of zoo animals in Michigan. The management also arranges for many educational programs and events for children. Apart from the friendly, live animals, the ceramic Loch Ness monster in the zoo pond is also a local favorite.
This is one place that has striven to propogate art. When you're done admiring the watercolors, learn how you can create your own. Family workshops consist of storytelling, performance art and musical concerts. Lecture series are also held from time to time. This is great place for those who are die hard art lovers.
Grand Rapids Children's Museum encourages children to learn new things in a fun way. The many exhibits here are aimed at helping children grasp things in such a way that they will remember it for a long time to come. The combination of playing and learning make visiting Grand Rapids Children's Museum a fun experience for the little ones.
Millennium Park is the perfect place to beat the summer hear with a refreshing dip in the cool waters of the lake. This park is a great point to relax and unwind amidst idyllic trees and the breeze. Let your hair down and head over to the splash pad at Millenium Park where one can revel in the sprayers, splashers and other fascinating water activities. You can also enjoy boating on the beautiful lake or relax by the beach during your visit to this excellent park.
Load up on your Apple pies, doughnuts, cider and other delicious fruit products at this historic Apple Haus. Robinette's has been serving people of Grand Rapids for more than a century. The property includes a bakery, cider mill, a lunchroom, winery and tasting room, gift shop and the latest addition, a corn maze; making it not just a friendly local store but also a fun tourist attraction! Finding the place is the easiest task, just look for a giant red apple sitting in the middle of a lawn which is often the subject of touristy photography.
Nestled in the downtown neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Fish Ladder Park is a beautiful spot. Here, you get to witness the migrating fish jumping their way up and down on the concrete stairs of the pool while bypassing the mighty river. This landmark boasts of designs by the internationally acclaimed sculptor, Joseph Kinnebrew, and was specially designed for people to view the migratory fish like salmon, steelhead, carp and others.