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Old 08-13-2019, 09:44 PM
 
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My family (young 30's couple, 2 & 6 year old boys) will be in Grand Rapids for the first time for 3 days this coming weekend. One of the days will be devoted to attending a wedding, giving us two days to explore. What should we do? In general, we love hip coffee shops, cool walks, parks, outdoors, nature, zoos, fun restaurants, etc. Any ideas for us? they don't need to be earth-shattering, half the fun is just exploring a new area. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:50 PM
 
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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My family (young 30's couple, 2 & 6 year old boys) will be in Grand Rapids for the first time for 3 days this coming weekend. One of the days will be devoted to attending a wedding, giving us two days to explore. What should we do? In general, we love hip coffee shops, cool walks, parks, outdoors, nature, zoos, fun restaurants, etc. Any ideas for us? they don't need to be earth-shattering, half the fun is just exploring a new area. Thanks in advance!
The John Ball Zoo is pretty cool and they keep adding exhibits and new features to it. It's just a few miles West of downtown. Squibb Coffee Shop just opened another location basically right out in front of the zoo on Fulton Street.

If you like small locally owned shops/restaurants/bars/coffee shops in an historic business district, Wealthy Street from Union all the way to Lake Drive (Eastown) is the new epicenter for all of that. Right nearby you can do a walking tour of Heritage Hill which is the largest all residential historic district in the country (over 1300 homes).

Self-Guided Walking Tour | Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association

Map of Area - Uptown Grand Rapids

https://www.jbzoo.org/
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:52 AM
 
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Frederick Meijer Garden also a gem that is engaging for kids:

https://www.meijergardens.org/
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:48 PM
 
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I have 6 and 9 yo boys. I'd suggest the zoo, and Frederick Meijer Garden, as well as Blandford Nature Center https://blandfordnaturecenter.org/
My older son went there for a school field trip, and it was really nice!
Also, I think Rosa Parks Circle has a splash pad, which is nice for littles on a hot summer day. There is a children's museum downtown. Older son went there for a field trip as well, but I didn't chaperone that one, so not sure how it is. The grand rapids public museum has a carousel that could be fun, too.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Frederick Meijer Garden also a gem that is engaging for kids:

https://www.meijergardens.org/
I would second FMG. The Children's Museum is nice but I think my kids got bored with it at the age of 10 or so. We really need a science museum here for older kids (and adults).
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