2024 Grand Rapids World of Winter MAP of Art Installations - Interactive Walking Map, Walking Route and How To Get Around!
Article: 2024 Grand Rapids World of Winter MAP of Art Installations - Interactive Walking Map, Walking Route and How To Get Around!
Did you know that Grand Rapids World of Winter festival offers over 100 FREE events, family-friendly activities and outdoor art installations over during the months of January and February? This crazy popular Michigan winter festival is a great way for kids and adults to get outside and enjoy Michigan’s beautiful winter while exploring and experiencing scenic and fun Downtown Grand Rapids.
Below is an INTERACTIVE walking map of the 2024 Art Installations at the Grand Rapids World of Winter Festival in January, February and March!
When is the 2024 World of Winter Festival in Grand Rapids?
JANUARY 12, 2024 - MARCH 10, 2024
Grab The 2024 Grand Rapids World of Winter MAP...It's Interactive!
With so much going on during this popular Michigan Winter Festival, we've created a walking map of the art installations so you can plan your day and see the most art! See our Grand Rapids World of Winter map below.
Be sure to use our interactive Google Map of World of Winter when you get to the Grand Rapids winter festival. That way, you can see where you are in relation to the art installations.
Our Walking Route for Viewing the Outdoor Art at World Of Winter Grand Rapids
Chris and I like to park at Devos Place (costs $16-25 depending on how long you are there). There are at least 15 World of Winter installations to see within a short distance. Of course, there are more than what we mentioned below but this is for one day or evening of walking around downtown Grand Rapids.
Park at the Devos Place, then...
1. See Starlight since it is close to the parking garage and then walk across the Gillette Bridge to see Sonic Runway.
2. Head north to Ah Nab Awen Park to see Stargate, Retro Rapids and Nightwalkers. It's seriously a dazzling Michigan winter wonderland!
3. Walk back to Monroe Ave and head north to see Massimals and Lunar Lamposts (after January 19) at 555 Monroe Ave NW.
4. Continue north to 6th Street Park to see Kalopieron, Icicle Lanterns, Manidoo Bawating, and Mi Casa Your Casa.
5. Turn around and head back south to Calder Plaza to see Dandelion, Life is But a Dream and The Shoveler.
6. Back to Devos Place parking!
2024 World of Winter Guide
- Grab Our Ultimate Guide to 2024 World of Winter with event dates, parking, maps, art installations and things to do!
What we like about World Of Winter
Chris and I attend World of Winter pretty much every year and I like to have a plan before I go because it's dark, cold and well, I want to see as much as I can without backtracking or missing anything. We spend about 3 hours walking around seeing as much as we can and then we go to dinner or stop in a coffee shop for hot chocolate.
Things To Do During World of Winter
World of Winter is a winter wonderland of art, inspiration and exercise! See how we snuck exercise in there? It's definitely a fun way to get in a few miles. By using our interactive walking map, you can see several iconic sites in Grand Rapids such as the Blue Bridge, the Gilette Bridge, the Grand Rapids Skyline, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and of course, the scenic Grand River.
Where To Eat in Grand Rapids
Keep your energy up by stopping to eat or have a hot drink!
Chris and I usually stop at Real Seafood as this Grand Rapids restaurant is close to several art installations during World of Winter. Roam by Sanchez is a good stop or if you want a quick bite so you can get back to the art, Panera is also right downtown.
Where To Stay For the Grand Rapids World of Winter Event
If you want to stay close to the action during the Grand Rapids World of Winter event...
JW Marriott Grand Rapids: 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown: 11 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown: 40 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
- Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton: 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
What To Bring
If you are just visiting for the day, be sure to dress warm! We always wear hats, gloves, scarves, warm coats and at time I wear leggings under my jeans for an extra layer of warmth.
When to Go World Of Winter in Grand Rapids
We like to go to World of Winter during the week if we can. There are less crowds, better parking in the garages and easier to get into restaurants. Usually Chris and I are there around 4:00 pm so we can see a few art installations during the daylight hours, get dinner and then see the rest after dark as most are lit up and so spectacular at night.
How to Get to Grand Rapids World of Winter Festival
If you are flying here...
You will want to fly into the GRR, Gerald R. Ford International Airport, 5500 44th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. This is the closest airport for the World of Winter Festival.
From there you will need to rent a car to explore the region.
What To Budget
Are you wondering how much to spend at World of Winter?
Most of the events at World of Winter are free. However, parking will cost $15-$29 for the day, depending on what garage you use. Then you will need to plan on food, drink and snack costs.
More Fun Things To Do
Heck, we recommend turning the Grand Rapids World of Winter Festival into a Michigan weekend getaway! Tour the city and then branch out to nearby towns!
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Answer: We like to visit World of Winter in Grand Rapids during the week so there are less visitors and it's easier to get into restaurants. It's also fun to see the art installations in the day and after dark so we like to arrive around 4:00 pm.
Answer: Yes! There are walking tours during World of Winter in Grand Rapids. Grab our World of Winter guide to see when these occur.
Answer: We recommend visiting the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Childrens Museum.
Answer: Yes, here are three:
The Parsonage Inn: 423 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Leonard At Logan House: 440 Logan St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Peaches Bed & Breakfast Ltd: 29 Gay Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Answer: We enjoy walking around beautiful Ah-Nab-Awen Park as from there you can see the Blue Bridge, the beautiful Grand Rapids Skyline and the scenic Grand River. The nearby Fish Ladder and Calder Plaza are also cool things to see while visiting Grand Rapids.
You can tour the Meyer May House: 450 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Historical landmark in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Meyer May House is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house in the Heritage Hill Historic District of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Check out Calder Plaza which houses a HUGE permanent sculpture called La Grande Vitesse created by Alexander Calder. It was dedicated in 1969. The plaza is also a popular spot in Grand Rapids for events, art exhibits, festivals, etc. Calder Plaza has art installations during World of Winter.
- See a show or concert at the Van Andel Arena or Devos Performance Hall.
- We love visiting John Ball Zoo, Frederik Meijer Gardens, or Blandford Nature Center.
- We always recommend the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, or the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
- Visit breweries such as New Holland Brewing (my favorite) or Atwater Brewing.
Answer: A few cultural events include:
- Cultural Heritage Festival at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
- Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival is celebrated in June at Calder Plaza
- Sparta Celtic Festival is in August at Rogers Park
- Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival in August at Calder Plaza
- Dozynki Polish Festival in August at Rosa Parks Circle
Answer: Well, we like Houlihan's, Real Seafood, Leo's Seafood Restaurant, Z's Bar & Restaurant.
Answer: Chris and I always find ourself back at Real Seafood for steak and salmon or ATO Sushi for killer sushi and friendly service.
- The Van Andel Arena or Devos Performance Hall are top notch venues for concerts or events.
- We love John Ball Zoo (camel rides anyone?), Frederik Meijer Gardens (outstand botanical gardens and sculpture park), or Blandford Nature Center (walking trails).
- Chris and I always recommend the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, or the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Answer: It's Breweries! Check out New Holland Brewing or Atwater Brewing