Let's Explore Scenic Downtown Grand Rapids by way of walking trails! We have a full day of family-friendly free things to do!
Did you know downtown Grand Rapids is a walkers and explorers paradise? During this adventure quest, we will enjoy the great outdoors and only move our vehicle twice! Are you ready?! Let's go!
Use this handy-dandy interactive map to plan your day as we visit each of the spots mentioned below!
How To Use The Map:
We started at Fish Ladder Park in Grand Rapids as there is ample free and close parking. I love it here as the views of the water, city skyline and nature are fantastic! I love listening to the roar of the water.
All walks are paved so it's accessible for strollers or wheelchairs.
Currently the DNR is testing a newly developed sea lamprey pheromone to increase the trap catch. There are several traps along the walls, see if you can spot them all!
You can head south on the paved walking trails or hop in your car for our next stop. Head north on Front Ave NW, Turn right onto 6th street and marvel at the beauty of the bridge. Turn right onto Monrow Ave NW and park at the 6th Street Bridge Park.
We've got lots of exploring to do so you might want to book a hotel for an extra day of fun!
I love the paved walking trails that go all the way south to the Blue Bridge and north to the 6th street bridge. Great overlooks, benches, shade trees and great Grand Rapids city views!
The 6th Street Park has a free parking lot. There are restrooms south of the parking lot.
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If you haven’t visited Grand Rapids lately, you need to visit the 6th Street bridge and park! Freakin’ amazing views, sights and sounds! - It was such a gorgeous weekend to explore the city!! There is a river walk trail that goes to the bridge in the video down to the beautiful Blue Bridge! Get outside!! . . . #michiganawesome #michigander #michigan #puremi #puremichigan #experiencegr #downtowngrinc #grandrapids #grandrapidsmichigan #grandrapidsmi #thegrguide #greatlakesstate #welivetoexplore #greatlakesstateofmind #gogreatlakesbay #thegreatlakestate #greatlakesloving #liveoutdoors
I mean seriously! Check out these awesome views of the 6th street bridge, waterfall and the city skyline! I love just sitting here enjoying the view and taking some time to just be in the moment. Soaking in the Sights, Sounds and SUN!
After spending about an hour walking and exploring the Riverwalk trails, hanging over the overlooks hoping to spot a fish, talking to the fisherman and sitting on the rocks, we decided to head to our next stop, the Gerald Ford Museum. Let's go!
I love my Keen sandals for these rocky adventures!
Our guest writer, Paul Colbert, put together his favorite spots in Grand Rapids to snap some awesome pics for his Instagram account.
303 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI
The Gerald Ford Museum has free parking so you can visit the museum for a fee (around $10 at the time of this writing) and then explore the amazing areas near the museum.
There are two floors of interesting presidential displays and historical memorabilia. Be sure to check out the beautiful gift shop on the first floor. You can shop without going through the museum too.
Just keep your car parked at the museum and head across the street to the Ah Nab Awen Park. From here, you can explore the Grand Rapids Riverwalk West and walk under the Gillett Bridge to see the cool murals.
The views of the city, especially near sunset is exquisite! Just be sure to wear your sunglasses as the shine off the buildings is intense!
There is a restroom at the Ah Nab Awen Park.
To the right of this photo is the Grand Rapids Pubic Museum and carousel! There is also fantastic paved travels, so let's cross the street!
272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The Grand Rapids Public Museum has 3 floors of exciting history to explore in a previous flour mill! Lots of plus exhibits to check out plus their 1928 carousel & planetarium.
You can wander around the museum and then head along the RiverWalk to check out the blue bridge! We hope you had a full afternoon or day of fun in Grand Rapids!
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