Free Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MI

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Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Free Things to Do in Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, Michigan happens to be the second largest city in the state of Michigan. The great thing is, there is a lot to see and do here both for money and for free. Grand Rapids is known for its charm and artistic community that defines much of the city. No matter where you look, you can easily find large testaments to the art community. Located on the sides of large buildings and along ramps on the highway throughout the city, you can find spectacular pieces of graffiti and fine art alike on massive scales.

Besides the art, there are many other impressive activities and sights to take in should you decide to visit this great city. Grand Rapids prides itself on its cultural roots and diverse communities. Even a simple drive through the city will delight and thrill you with the city’s lovely architecture and historical sites. You do not have to be rich to enjoy your visit to this beautiful city. In fact, this medium sized up and coming city provides tourists with a multitude of activities that will not cost you even one penny. Let’s take a look at some of these free entertainment options.

1.   ArtPrize

As we mentioned earlier, there is a whole lot of art to view in Grand Rapids. This is due not solely, but in large part to the annual summer/fall celebration known as ArtPrize. ArtPrize is a city-wide art contest that occurs typically from September 24th through October 12th. Explore the streets of the city as well as many of the buildings that surround the area. Witness art in all forms from paintings and drawings, to sculptures and fancy food, anything you can dream up you can see at ArtPrize. In addition to the art, there are also lots of ethnic food vendors and arts and crafts tables, so you can experience the local culture. This celebration is not only free, but it also offers so much that you simply cannot experience it all in one day.

2.   Disc golf

Visiting Grand Rapids and in search of something that is both free and fun for the family? Consider finding yourself a fun, inventive disc golf course. Located at Brewer Park, Fallasburg, and Johnson Park are a few of the city’s parks with free disc golf courses. Disc golf has become an exciting, interactive outdoor sport, gaining traction more and more as time passes. It is especially popular among college-aged kids. The best part about this activity is that it is appropriate for the whole family no matter what the skill level. In the end, it is all about fun. Check out these spots should you visit during the warmer months.

3.   Visit the Kent Trails

Are you a fan of nature and all that it provides us with both visually and non-visually? Michigan is a beautiful state that provides outstanding views in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. In order to truly appreciate all of this natural beauty, you may want to pay a visit to the Kent Trails. Bring your hiking boots, bicycles, or walking shoes for a total of 15-miles worth of non-motorized trails so you can enjoy nature and the peace and tranquility so many of us look for during our busy lives. The Kent Trails are an excellent place to relax and take in some fresh air while exploring areas that may be unlike what you are used to. Take in the scents of flowers and the sights of beautiful butterflies while enjoying your family.

4.   The Eastown Street Fair

Eastown is a lovely area in downtown Grand Rapids with stunning architecture and large amounts of historical significance. With multitudes of renowned restaurants and breweries in the area, Eastown is an incredibly popular area among tourists and locals alike. Frequently visited by celebrities because of the local culture, if you visit Grand Rapids, make sure to visit the Eastown Street Fair. Occurring on September 13th, the Eastown Street Fair features an array of musical events, different ethnic and local foods, arts and crafts, and of course this event is great for the entire family as it provides many events and sights for all to enjoy.

5.   Grand Rapids Art Museum

There are many different museums in Grand Rapids, each with their own flair and worthwhile attributes that make them worthy of a visit. From the Gerald R. Ford Museum to the Children’s Museum, there are many to check out if you enjoy museums. Luckily for tourists, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is actually free every Tuesday. So, if you happen to be in Grand Rapids for a week or so and your run out of ideas, consider paying a visit to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. With multiple levels and styles of art on display, you will not be sorry you visited—especially considering all that you will see, completely free of charge.
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