A World of Learning is Right in Your Backyard

I grew up in rural Michigan and going to a museum or zoo wasn’t an option when there was a farm to run and the nearest cultural attraction was at least an hour away! While I miss the country, growing up in Grand Rapids means my kids have dozens of high quality museums, zoos and other attractions to explore.

Over the years we’ve had memberships to John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and Frederik Meijer Gardens and have visited the Grand Rapids Art Museum, UICA and more. And that’s just the Grand Rapids places! There are exciting learning opportunities spread across West Michigan.

–Want to go again and again? Check out what perks these local museum and zoo memberships offer.

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Museums
Zoos
Science
Gardens
Museums Around West Michigan

Air Zoo

6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002 | 269-382-6555 | Website

Averill Historical Museum of Ada

7144 Headley Street, Ada, MI 49301 | 616-676-9346 | Website

The Bailey Museum

903 S Bailey Ave, South Haven, MI 49090 | 269-637-3251 | Website

Cascade Museum

2839 Thornapple River Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-956-1228

Coopersville Farm Museum

375 Main Street, Coopersville, MI 49404 | 616-997-8555 | Website

Curious Kids’ Museum

415 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph, MI 49085 | 269-983-2543 | Website

The Dekker Huis/Zeeland Historical Museum

37 E Main Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464 | 616-772-4079 | Website

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

547 East Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824 | 517-884-4800 | Website

Engine House No. 5 Museum

6610 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, MI 49401 | 616-895-8121 | Website

Forever Curious Children’s Museum

202 E Main St, Fennville, MI 49408 | 269-561-8494 | Website

Gerald R. Ford Museum

303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-254-0400 | Website

Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-831-1000 | Website

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-235-4728 | Website

Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504 | 616-929-1700 | Website

Holland Museum

31 W 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423 | 616-392-9084 | Website

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 | Website

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

230 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 | Website

Kingman Museum

175 Limit St, Battle Creek, MI 49037 | 269-965-5117 | Website

Lakeshore Museum Center

430 W Clay Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440 | 231-722-0278 | Website

Lowell Area Historical Museum

325 W Main Street, Lowell, MI 49331 | 616-897-7688 | Website

Michigan History Center

702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48915 | 517-373-3559 | Website

Michigan Maritime Museum

260 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090 | 269-637-8078 | Website

MSU Museum

409 W Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824 | 517-355-2370 | Website

Muskegon Museum of Art

296 W Webster Avenue, Muskegon, MI 49440 | 231-720-2570 | Website

Tri-Cities Historical Museum

200 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417 | 616-842-0700 | Website

UICA

2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 616-454-7000 | Website

USS LST 393 Veterans Museum

560 Mart Street, Muskegon, MI 49440 | 231-730-1477 | Website

USS Silversides Submarine Museum

1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI 49441 | Website

Zoos around the Area

Binder Park Zoo

7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49014 | 269-979-1351 | Website

Boulder Ridge

8313 Pratt Lake SE, Alto, MI 49302 | 616-868-6711 | Website

John Ball Zoo

1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-336-4300 | Website

Potter Park Zoo

1301 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 | 517-483-4222 | Website

Wittenbach agriscience center wege natural area
Science Centers around West Michigan

Impression 5 Science Center

200 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI 48933 | 517-485-8116 | Website

MSU Department of Entomology Bug House

Natural Science Building, 288 Farm Lane Room 147, East Lansing, MI 48824 | 517-355-4662 | Website

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Bird Sanctuary

12685 East C Avenue, Augusta, MI 49012 | Website

Botanical Gardens around West Michigan

Blandford Nature Center

1715 Hillburn Ave NW | Grand Rapids, MI 49504 |616-735-6240 | Website

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 888-957-1580 | Website

MSU Horticulture Gardens

1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824 | 517-353-0359 | Website

Windmill Island Gardens

1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI 49423 | 616-355-1030 | Website

W.J. Beal Botanical Garden

412 Olds Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 | Website

Where to find Mini Golf, Go-Karts, Nature Hikes, Splash Pads and More around West Michigan

Get Outside!

There is so much opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in West Michigan. Go for a hike at one of our local trails, try out a new park, or enjoy some friendly competition during a go kart race. There is truly something for everyone!

We’ve compiled some of our favorite outdoor play centers, parks, trails, and nature centers. Check out our categories below and let us help you plan your next outdoor adventure!

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