Grand Rapids Area Information

Over one million people live in the four-county metropolitan area of Grand Rapids. With so many rich and diverse recreational and lifestyle options, it’s easy to see why. The area features abundant clean lakes and streams, beaches, forests, arts and culture, fine dining, entertainment and shopping. The city offers a great location in the State of Michigan with just a three hour drive from Chicago, Detroit and Northern Michigan. It is a wonderful place to call home and we feel privileged to be a part of it!

Grand Rapids is fortunate to have a taste of what the big city has to offer yet on a smaller scale. The community has its own Ballet, Opera, Symphony and Broadway Theater Guild. There is minor league representation in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey. The Childrens Museum, Van Andel Museum, Art Museum and Meijer Botanical Gardens offer a variety of interesting exhibits and classes.

The medical community with the Van Andel Research Center has attracted physicians and researchers that are tops in their field to our city. The newly built Lacks Cancer Center is the realization of a unique vision. It will provide a dynamic home for healing of the mind, body and spirit. Grand Rapids is also home to the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center. This state-of-the-art facility will offer unparalleled convenience and comfort to patients and their families. Metropolitan Hospital’s dream of transforming 160 acres of open land in Wyoming into its new home is almost a reality. They will be creating a health care experience that will change the way health care is delivered in West Michigan. Our medical community is one of Grand Rapids best assets!

Did you know that Grand Rapids is a “college” town? We have outstanding private and public colleges as well as Grand Valley State University right here. Grand Rapids is also home to Kendall College of Art & Design, which is widely recognized as one of the country’s top Furniture Design programs. Our best asset, Lake Michigan is just a forty minute drive to some of the best beaches along the shoreline! So yes, we do have our own “West Coast”.

The newly designed and built Convention Center will add to the business development downtown. Grand Rapids also boasts the headquarters of many national and multi-national corporations, including office manufacturers Steelcase, Herman Miller and Haworth. Other industries are also well represented, as Alticor (fomerly Amway), Wolverine World Wide, American Seating, and Meijer stores also call Grand Rapids home.

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

Learn more about the Grand Rapids area and businesses. The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is comprised of over 3,400 businesses. The Chamber provides a pro-business voice on a local, state, and federal level – combined with a diverse selection of business programs, events, and services which create opportunities for business success.

Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau
During the past few years, Grand Rapids has invested more than $200 million in new cultural, recreational and sports facilities providing visitors with an abundance of things to do and see. This web site features detailed descriptions of attractions, points of interest and special events as well as helpful information about places to stay, dine and shop throughout the Grand Rapids area.

The Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau produces a variety of brochures and maps so if you would like additional information, call our toll free number or stop by and see us. The Bureau operates a Visitor Information Center conveniently located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The staff will be happy to answer your questions and get you pointed in the right direction.

Grand Rapids Jaycees

The Grand Rapids Jaycees, short for the Junior Chamber of Commerce, is the organization of choice for young professionally minded people between the ages of 21 and 39. Whether you’re looking to build leadership and personal skills, help the community, network for business, or just meet some new people, the Jaycees are the place for you!

Grand Rapids Weather
Find the current weather for Grand Rapids here!


Frederick Meijer Gardens
The Frederick Meijer Gardens is a Local Botannical Garden. In March and April the largest traveling Butterfly Exhibit comes to large crowds who visit it every year.

Gerald Ford Library and Museum
Gerald Ford is from Grand Rapids and was a Congressman from Michigan before he became the only non-elected president to ever serve. The area is very proud of their “First Son.”






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