[note] Welcome to our 3-day series on making the most of your visit to Grand Rapids, brought to you by grkids.com reader and guest writer Jenny Baker. Check back tomorrow for part three![/note]

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Did you enjoy Meijer Gardens, Boulder Ridge and the Whitecaps from Day one? Ready for more? Here are two more great destinations for anyone wanting to enjoy the Grand Rapids area.

Day Two:

Grand Haven Boardwalk and Beach

You simply can’t visit Grand Rapids and not take advantage of its close proximity to the Lake Michigan shore. From Saugatuck to Muskegon, you can’t go wrong with visiting any area along this Great Lake’s coastline.

If you’re looking for a scenic location that will keep you busy all day, look no further than Grand Haven. Approximately 35 miles west of Grand Rapids, Grand Haven offers exceptional beaches, a shopping district, restaurants, and miles of boardwalks along the Grand River – all within walking distance.

If you choose to stay until dusk, keep your camera ready: the sunsets are incredible.

Rosa Parks Circle

If all day in the sun has worn you out and you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your evening, do what the locals do and head to downtown Grand Rapids. During the summer you can almost always find music – sometimes planned, sometimes impromptu – playing at Rosa Parks Circle, a public art venue that hosts concerts throughout the year.

Here, children enjoy running around the semi-enclosed space while adults soak in the culture of Michigan’s second largest city. A variety of stores, restaurants, and pubs surround this area, making this a popular place to people-watch or participate in Grand Rapids’ vibrant night life.


Think you’ve seen it all? Had enough of the sun? Tomorrow wraps up our series with three great indoor spots to hit up before you end your stay.