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Old 04-17-2012, 05:45 AM
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My husband and I will be going to Grand Rapids in June for just a couple days during the week for a meeting for his job. This is also close to our Wedding Anniversary so we would like to find some things to do while we are there. He is 44 and I am 32. We like to do just about anything....outdoors stuff, live bands, museums, casinos, eating good food, etc. We are pretty easygoing and would just like to enjoy our time together while we are there when he's not in the meeting.
Any suggestions on restaraunts in that area? Is there a casino close by? Comedy club (are those open during the week or just weekends?)? Any must see museums? Something outdoors with nature/wildlife?
All suggestions will be appreciated and considered. Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:09 AM
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Fredrick Meijer Gardens, there's a winery not to far from that. Dr. Grins at the B.O.B. down town. Go to almost any bar on the weekend and your bound to have some form of live music. The outdoorsy stuff you might have venture out of G.R. for that (lake Michigan, dune rides, kayaking canoeing and tubing, mountain biking, nature trails....) So far no casinos
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:32 AM
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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Nearest casino is in Gun Lake about 25 minutes south of town. It's nothing special. If you really like casinos, I suppose it's worth the trip, but that's not my preferred diversion.

There is a world-class (literally) brewery in town: Founders (just google it) that usually also has pretty good live music. If you like craft beer, that's a must-see.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:46 PM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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As others have said, Dr Grins at the BOB is usually really funny. They do a good job there. Ther are various parks around Grand Rapids, like riverside park, but its really just a park, no nature or anything spectacular. You could go for a walk down Kent Trails which is pretty nice after you pass the Water Treatment center. Founders is a good place to go or even Hopcat. There's a Mars exhibit at the museum downtown that I've been meaning to go to also, that could be cool.

Something with nature could be a little bit tough, I mean there are trees all over and woods which is nice to be around, but nothing too much as a tourist attraction.

You should also take a day trip out to Grand Haven, right on the coast, it is a great place to be. Would be where I move if I get a job in Grand Rapids.

Rockford could be a short trip too, although for me I find it boring. Many people like it though, they have a dam there which can be nice.

Maybe its tough because it's my hometown, but I see Grand Rapids as less of a tourist destination and more of a city that's probably one of the highest qualities of life in the United States.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:39 PM
Location: Niceville, FL
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Blanford Nature Center has some nice trails, a wildlife rehab center, and a 19th century farmstead:

Blandford Nature Center - Home
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:44 PM
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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If you are looking for cool Michigan nature during a trip to GR, you really need to drive to Lake Michigan. You can walk the dunes, check out a state park (PJ Hoffmaster near Muskegon is a little more natural than Holland or Grand Haven which are essentially beach campgrounds). Hoffmaster State Park Detail

When people in Michigan show our outdoors to people from somewhere else, Lake MIchigan tops the list.

That said, if you don't want to drive that far, you can still get outside and enjoy yourself. You can canoe down the Rogue River in Rockford. I rented from these folks and had a nice day on the wateR: AAA Canoe Rental LLC on TheRockfordNetwork.com - Rockford, MI - Serving Grand Rapids, Belmont, Rockford, & West Michigan

There is a nice walking trail along that river too, but it's more for strolling families than hikers. If you want good hiking, I would go closer to the lake. There are great hiking trails at Hoffmaster park that I mentioned above. The "White Pine Trail" is great too, biking trail from Grand Rapids north to Cadillac (Friends of the White Pine Trail).

You might also consider Kirk Park for a lake michigan view: MiOttawa - Ottawa County Parks It's far less used than the state parks so it feels more natural.

Honestly, within town there's not great hiking. I would probably go to Meijer Gardens and walk their outdoor grounds. It's not a hike by any stretch, but it's gorgeous and probably our premier tourist attraction outside of the big lake to the west.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:12 AM
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this might not mean much to you if your not a sports person but their also bringing an ABA Team
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