Econo Lodge & Suites
2985 Kraft Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: (616) 940-1777
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Arts & Museums
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.
The largest multidisciplinary contemporary arts center in West Michigan, this institute features a variety of programs including visual arts, performance art, music, dance, film, and literature. Their galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday with other events often taking place evenings and weekends.
Grand Rapids Children's Museum is very interactive and inspires learning in children. The exhibits are always changing. The museum believes that for children to succeed they have to acquire the habit of constant learning. And play is considered a great way to give and acquire information, that will help them in classrooms. The interesting placement of the exhibits encourages exploration, problem solving, interaction, learning new things. Kids are invited to celebrate their birthdays here in a grand manner.
This is one place that has striven to propogate art. When you're done admiring the watercolors, learn how you can create your own. Family workshops consist of storytelling, performance art and musical concerts. Lecture series are also held from time to time. This is great place for those who are die hard art lovers.
Enjoy spectacular educational sky shows at this planetarium that also features laser light shows set to popular music and a state-of-the-art Digistar theater.
Grand Rapids Public Museum is devoted to the cultural and natural heritage of West Michigan. The three-storey museum is filled with exhibits related to history and nature.
Located on Pearl Street, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum opened its doors to public in 1981. Managed and operated by National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), this museum highlights important aspects of President and Mrs. Gerald Ford's life. Apart from the enlightening permanent exhibits, there are regular visiting exhibits from organizations like the Smithsonian, National Archives and such. The facility also plays host to some community festivities like the Fourth of July fireworks. Artist Stuart Padnos designed a huge, robotic-looking Gerald Ford as a University of Michigan football player made of scrap metal. This artwork was installed in the museum campus in 2003.
Built to honor the history of farming, this interactive, 12,000 square foot museum displays rotating agricultural related exhibits and showcases the John Deere collection of Ed Hanenburg, the man behind the museum. Many events are hosted throughout the year at this museum.