The Most Instagrammable Spots in Grand Rapids!
By Paul Colbert
If you travel somewhere in the Mitten, and you don’t post a picture to Instagram, did it even happen?
Grand Rapids is one of the big destinations in West Michigan... an Instagram-worthy city that mixes up the modern with the antique, and the cosmopolitan with the natural.
You’ll never run out of places to snap a selfie. Here are some of the most Instagrammable spots in Grand Rapids.
Take one look at the Blue Bridge, and it’s obvious why this is an Instagram favorite. The bridge is the oldest railroad bridge in GR. It's been closed to trains since the 1980s when it was painted blue and turned into a pedestrian bridge. The Blue Bridge is now an iconic landmark here, so it’s only natural it's the backdrop of many an Instagram post.
You can’t miss Calder Plaza with its giant red sculpture, La Grande Vitesse. This is the heartbeat of Grand Rapids, where you'll find ArtPrize and big races like the River Bank Run. It's also where the big GR Pride Fest celebration takes place. Just head downtown and go to Ottawa between Michigan and Lyon NW.
This is the place for outdoor adventurers. A lot of activity centers around the Grand River. Whether it’s salmon fishing in the heart of downtown GR, paddleboarding or watching fish migrate up the fish ladders, the Grand River has a million things to do and capture on social media. Coming soon: the restoration of the whitewater rapids that gave Grand Rapids its name.
Get up close and personal with some world-class art here at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. You’ll find glass Chihuly sculptures here, and Edward Degas’ “Dancer Looking At Her Right Foot” and a couple of Rodin pieces, including “The Kiss.”
You can casually pose among some of the greatest sculpture art in the world. If that’s not your thing, show your followers some tranquility with a post from the Japanese garden. Stand in front of the puremichigan from the 1930's or farm life in the Michigan Farm Garden. Frederik Meijer Gardens is definitely near the top of our most Instagrammable spots in Grand Rapids.
This one is for the #foodies. This is where you'll find dozens of places to eat, from artisanal food shops to cooking classes to sit-down restaurants. The Downtown Market is where some of the most innovative and delicious food in Michigan is created and served — and it’s an Instagram dream.
If your heart is set on a foam-art latte post, or a spice shop post featuring perfect vanilla beans or curled sticks of cinnamon — this is where you need to go.
This one’s a favorite for kids. The 3,000-pound sculpture sits outside the Gerald R. Ford Museum, paying tribute to the 38th president’s support of the space program. The Ford Library and archives are located in Ann Arbor, but the museum and interactive displays are all here in Grand Rapids, President Ford’s childhood home. Smile and say spacesuit.
Get your hashtags and your filters ready. Grand Rapids is a city with exciting and authentic visuals your followers will love. Whether the trees are green or you’re snapping pics in a winter wonderland, these are some of the most Instagrammable spots in Grand Rapids. Take a memorable picture, post it, and watch the likes and comments roll in.
Paul Colbert is a travel blogger and nature enthusiast. He loves exploring new places and new ways to enjoy the outdoors.
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