Things to Do in Grand Rapids

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Looking for something to do before, during or after CAST?
How about something for the family to do while you are conferring?
Here are some ideas.

In Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids Children Museum

Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Urban Institute for the Contemporary Arts (UICA)

Gardens/Sculpture Parks

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

Concerts/Music (Summer)

Jazz at the Zoo

Swing Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle

Concerts at Meijer Gardens:

Tuesday Evening Music Club

Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens

Breweries & Wineries

Grand Rapids Beer Map: The Ale Trail

Brewery Vivant

Cascade Winery

Elk Brewing Co

Founders Brewing Co

Grand Rapids Brewing Co

Harmony Brewing Co

Hideout Brewing Co

The Mitten Brewing Co

Perrin Brewing Co


We’ll be downtown with loads of boutiques and
interesting shops to wander around and browse through

A Modest Drive

Lake Michigan Parks & Beaches

Duck Lake State Park

Grand Haven City Beach

Grand Haven State Park

Holland State Park

Kirk Park

Muskegon State Park

Gardens & Other Attractions

Windmill Island, Holland, Michigan
Gardens & DeZwaan – a 200 year old working Dutch windmill

Further Afield

Michigan State University & MSU Museum

Charming city North and West of Grand Rapids on Lake Michigan
with beautiful and unique beaches

Saugatuck & Douglas
Lovely Artist Communities on Lake Michigan
between Grand Rapids & Chicago

Mackinac State Parks
Fort Mackinac, on Mackinac Island,
Fort Michilimackinac, at the tip of Michigan’s “Mitten”

Want more ideas?