Best Places To See in Grand Rapids

Expert recommended Top 3 Places To See in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All of our places to see face a rigorous 50-Point Inspection, which includes customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence. You deserve only the best!


1000 East Beltline Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Directions

Since 1995

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park's mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of gardens, sculpture, the natural environment, and the arts. Meijer Gardens is a charitable 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with a Board of Directors overseeing the organization's successful operation. The museum has over 600 volunteers and supported by gifts from more than 17,500 member households and many donors. Their commitment is to create a legacy of lifelong learning, enjoyment, and rich cultural experience for generations to come. Here, view modern sculpture in a stunning garden setting at this combination botanical garden & sculpture park.

Venues and Event Spaces, Shop, Student Field Trips, Outdoor Gardens, Nature Trails and Boardwalk, Classrooms and Meeting Rooms, Horticulture, Groups Tours, Sculpture Galleries and Permanent Sculpture, Park, Summer Concerts, Café Gift Shop, Collections, Exhibitions & Adult Groups

Price: Adults (14-64) $14.50
Seniors (65 and older) $11
Students (with student ID) $11
Children (5-13) $7
Children (3-4) $4

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Mon & Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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1300 West Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Directions

Since 1891

John Ball Zoological Garden inspires their community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and their natural environment. The museum has over 2,000 animals, including lions, tigers, bears (oh my), and chimpanzees John Ball Zoo brings behind-the-scenes training and care to the public daily. Here, guests can enjoy both indoor and outdoor exhibits. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to advancing public education on the need for wildlife conservation and preservation. You can get the premium membership at $250. Member Benefits: free unlimited general admission to John Ball Zoo, free or reduced admission to over 150 reciprocal zoos and aquariums, one-year subscription to Zoo News Magazine & discounts on special events, birthday parties, and education classes (early registration too).

Garden, Behind the Scenes, Natural Environment Center, Traveling Zoos, Exhibitions, Food Service, Outdoor Activities, Aquariums, Wildlife, Birthday Parties, Nature Play, Gift Shops, Schools/Teachers, Camps, Library, Animal Adventures, Private Events, Classes for Kids, Scout Programs, Overnight Adventures & Twilight Tours

Discount: 10% Off at their Gifts of the Wild gift shop and on food and beverage purchases View Deal

Price: Adults (ages 13-61) $7
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $6
Children (ages 2 - 12) $6
College Students (must present valid School ID) $6

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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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303 Pearl Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Directions

Since 1976

'The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum' is the presidential museum and burial spot of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the US, and his wife, Betty Ford. At the core of the museum is the permanent exhibition, which allows visitants to experience highlights from President & Mrs. Ford's lives. The show teaches democratic citizenship and allows for quiet reflection. In addition to the permanent exhibits, changing temporary exhibitions draw artifacts from Museums all over the nation. They also offer a wide variety of family-friendly performances and lectures regularly; the Museum Store sells items relating to the Ford presidency, other Presidents and First Ladies & other souvenirs. They offer free admission to children under the age of 5. Free parking is also available for all museum patrons.

Educational and Community Programs, Special Events, Summer Camps, Rental Facility, Private Parties, Exhibitions, Library, Special Needs, School/Tour Groups, Workshops, Wedding, Field Trips, Dining, Cooking Classes, Stores, Family Zone & Classrooms

Price: Adults $10
Senior citizens and military service members $8
College students with ID $7
youth ages 6-18 $4

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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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