Fishing, Kayaking, Hiking - All Near the CityThe Grand River, Michigan's largest river way, runs right next to the hotel and is a beautiful place to float on the water. Boat launches can be found at Riverside Park, about a half mile from us. Fishing on the river you may catch smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, various types of trout and salmon, as well as other varieties. A peaceful day with some fresh air and enjoying the nature found right here in the city is a great way to spend your time here!
As mentioned, Riverside Park is a beautiful park just across the river. The park has bike and walking paths along the river, lagoons for fishing and nature study, boat launching ramps, ball diamonds, disc golf courses, and is host to many community festivals and events. White Pine Trail begins at Riverside Park, continues through Rockford, and goes all the way to Cadillac. This is a 93.5 mile trail that finds it's way through 5 counties. Parts of the trail are gravel, so if you plan a long journey check the website first to know where the gravel and unpaved areas are before getting on your mountain bike. The trails in Riverside park are paved.
The Rogue River is a tributary of the Grand River located in Rockford, about 30 minutes north of Grand Rapids. This beautiful area is well suited for fishing, kayaking, birdwatching and much more.
The Rogue River is highlighted by the Rockford Dam. Surrounded by beautiful walkways and close to shops and restaurants, it is worth the quick trip north.
Meijer Gardens boasts one of the best sculpture collections in the world, and most of the artwork is outdoors surrounded by beautiful flowering paths and gardens. Take a tour through the tropical conservatory, visit the fun and educational children's garden, and walk out to the old farmhouse. The larger-than-life davinci horse is not to be missed.
Michigan MicrobrewsLooking for a great beer? Grand Rapids is home to many breweries and was voted Beer City USA for 2012 and 2013. Founders Brewing Company, at 235 Grandville SW, was rated the #2 best brewery in the world in 2011 by ratebeer.com. There you will find local brewmasters dedicated to making the beer that you want to drink. Looking for the largest number of beers from all over Michigan and other parts of the globe? Head over to HopCat, 25 Ionia SW, with 48 beers on tap, as well as a full bar, and grab one of their fabulous burgers to go with your perfect brew.
There are many, many more, so grab this map and a few friends and check out the craft beers!
Music and EntertainmentJust a few minutes down the street is the DeltaPlex which is the areas 2nd largest entertainment arena and conference center. A great location for groups, associations, and events throughout the year. Check out there website for more details about upcoming events.
Keep up the rockin' at the VanAndel Arena. Click here for current and upcoming events.
Smaller concert venues in the area include, The Orbit Room featuring great shows this month including Slash and 2 Chainz. Constantly adding killer acts, check out their site often. The Pyramid Scheme already has a pretty packed calendar. Check it out and get ready to rock. The Intersection plays host to Too Short, Ronnie Dunn, Dweezil Zappa, and many more acts this summer.
Meijer Gardens Ampitheater has some great outdoor concerts. Upcoming shows include the B52's, Foreigner, Al Green, Fiona Apple, EmmyLou Harries, and many more.
Fire up your engines and drive just 15 minutes to the Berlin Raceway in Marne. There are several races each week and kids under 11 are free!
Fifth Third Park is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, the areas minor league baseball team. The season is underway and a day at the ballpark is always exciting. In addition to specials like hot dog combos and family nights at the game, Fifth Third also hosts concerts and benefits. Check the calendar for events like the Gus Maker basketball tournament and the, "Lets Go to Bat for Kids", charity softball game and more.