There are plenty of things to see and do in Grand Rapids year-round. History, culture, and other varied events and destinations located throughout the region provide enjoyment, fun and relaxation for people of all ages and interests.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum presents information concerning the lives of President and Mrs. Ford. An interactive museum, exhibits encourage patrons to “participate in history.” In addition to permanent exhibits, fascinating temporary displays derive information and artifacts from the Presidential Libraries System, Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives among many others. Located at 303 Pearl Street N.W. in Grand Rapids, the telephone number is 616-254-0400. The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on major holidays.
Geared toward children ages 2 – 10, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum encourages fun and learning in a hands-on setting. Continually rotating exhibits and special daily programs invite children to explore and become inspired. The museum is located at 22 Sheldon Avenue N.E. in Grand Rapids and the phone number is 616-235-4726. Hours change with the seasons.
Home to over 1,100 animals from all over the world, the John Ball Zoo helps visitors of all ages learn about and appreciate cultures, habitats and a variety of animals. The zoo is home to one of the largest chimpanzee exhibits in the country along with grizzly bears, reptiles, birds, domestic animals, lions and much more. The zoo is located at 1300 W. Fulton Street in Grand Rapids. Hours and admission fees can be obtained by calling 616-336-4301.
The Meyer May House, located at 450 Madison Ave. S.E. in Grand Rapids, was designed in 1908 by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright in his well-known Prairie style of architecture. Carefully restored and open to the public since 1987, visitors have the opportunity to view the house with its mix of original pieces and reproductions. For questions and group reservations call 616-246-4821.
Preserving and showcasing objects of significance to the community, the Public Museum of Grand Rapids presents fascinating displays, planetarium shows, special exhibitions, events, programs and more for fun and engaging visitor experiences. The museum can be found at 272 Pearl Street NW, and its phone number is 616-456-3977. Hours of operation are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium at Van Andel Museum Center is a sky theatre with laser projectors that produce videos, still images, sounds and special effects. Rock shows are full of lights, amazing acoustics and visual effects while seasonal sky shows are educational and entertaining at the same time. The planetarium is located at 272 Pearl Street NW in Grand Rapids and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be obtained by calling 616-456-3977.
The Voigt House Victorian Museum allows visitors to take a step back in time and experience what life was like for an upper-class Midwestern family in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Original décor and personal belongings such as medicine bottles and clothing from over a century ago still sit intact, with exhibits and changing themes exemplifying different aspects of the Victorian Era lifestyle. The house is located at 115 College Avenue SE in Grand Rapids. Call 616-456-4600 for hours of operation and ticket prices.