Econo Lodge & Suites
2985 Kraft Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: (616) 940-1777
Fax: (616) 940-9809
An institution that follows the principles of the Christian Reformed Church of North America, the Calvin College believes in educating minds while keeping a focused emphasis on God. Founded in 1876, the college is a liberal arts college that offers a range of degrees and programs to eager students. The campus itself, spread over an area of about 390 acres (157.8 hectares), is well-equipped with the facilities that maybe required to help a student reach his or her potential. For more information on the academic courses offered at Calvin College, do see the website.
Located on the Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids, the Jaycee-MacKay Park is a popular park frequented by locals and tourists alike. Providing many facilities like picnic utilities, playgrounds and game fields, this park makes for a great visit. For the sports enthusiast, there are well-maintained soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts available. Whereas for tourists and photographers, there is the Snowhenge, the 1/3rd scaled down replica of the original Stonehenge made entirely of snow! Towering up to 6.5 feet (1.89 meters) the Snowhenge is a perfect frozen replica of Wiltshire's World Heritage Monument. Other facilities here include washrooms and ample parking space.
Named after the family responsible for its existence, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a place all visitors to Grand Rapids must experience. This 132-acre (53 hectare) facility comprises a botanical garden as well as a sculpture park. Indoors, you can explore the Lena Meijer Conservatory as well as various gardens; outdoors, there is the famous Sculpture Park featuring pieces by the likes of Auguste Rodin and Jaume Plensa. Michigan's Farm Garden, meant to replicate a typical family farm from the 1930s, complete with bronze sculptures of pigs and goats, is one of the major attractions of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The Amphitheater Garden, with a capacity of 1900, plays host to concerts in the summer. This is a place the whole family is sure to fall in love with.
One of the highlights of a visit to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is experiencing the Lena Meijer Conservatory, which is home to tropical plants from five of the seven continents. In addition to Pacific coconut palms and Indian fig trees, you get to admire some wonderful rock landscapes. The orchid collection contains over 3500 varieties, and these displays change regularly. The annual exhibit of tropical butterflies, held in March and April, is a wondrous event, and it is worth visiting the Lana Meijer Conservatory solely to see the beautiful creatures, imported from Central America and other regions, have free rein in the conservatory.
Located in the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Leonardo's Horse is a bronze sculpture designed by Nina Akamu. Towering up to 24 feet (7.3 feet) tall, the huge artwork is modelled after the 1482 original which was designed by Leonardo da Vinci for the Duke of Milan. Named The American Horse, the bronze horse is one of the two based on Akamu's designs; the other one is placed outside Hippodrome de San Siro.
If you are an avid star gazer and wanted a closer look of the celestial skies, then this place is for you. Owned and run by the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association (GRAAA), the James C. Veen Observatory was built in the 1960s and has been in function since 1970. Consisting of two Ash Domes and three telescopes, the observatory also features a huge library, meeting room and an interactive display for the public and the association members. Viewing nights runs from mid-April to mid-October on the second and last Saturday of every month. However it would be best to call ahead and plan your trip as it all depends upon clear skies.
This Prairie-style design masterpiece is one of the most completely restored Frank Lloyd Wright houses in existence.
One of the largest urban historic districts in the USA, this district features over 1300 homes that date from 1848 and later. Over 60 different architectural styles are to be found. The district hosts the annual home tour in May. Self-guided walking tour brochures are available at the downtown Visitor Information Center.
Perfectly preserved, this Victorian mansion contains original furnishings plus offers seasonal programs on life in Grand Rapids during the Victorian era. They are open on Tuesdays and on the second and fourth Sundays of every month.
Enjoy an intense cinematic experience during the IMAX's large format film presentation at this theatre.
The main Grand Rapids Public Library branch is normally open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the main branch is also open on Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other library branches in Grand Rapids can be found at 1201 Madison Avenue Southeast, 1150 Giddings Avenue Southeast, 2350 Eastern Avenue Southeast, 1563 Plainfield Avenue Northeast, 1017 Leonard Street Northwest, 713 Bridge Street Northwest, and 2025 Leonard Street Northeast.
Established in 1997, Founders Brewing Co. has consistently received accolades and picked up awards for its first-rate beers. Originally known as the Canal Street Brewing Company, the brewery overcame some torrid initial years to become the much-loved brewery it is today. Some of their specialty brews include the Curmudgeon Old Ale, Rubaeus and Double Trouble. Discover the intricacies of brewing beer and the brewery's history with the popular tours conducted every Saturday. Tour includes a tasting session of their beers as well. Visitors can chill out at the Taproom feasting on their selection of their award-winning brews and a menu of deli specialties. Check website for more.