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Explore Why Grand Rapids, Michigan, is for Families

by Eugenia Lazaris

Jun 11, 2024

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Destinations / North America

Family travelers looking for the perfect place to explore a new city this summer may just want to look to the great state of Michigan, where the city of Grand Rapids awaits with countless reasons why it is a perfect kid-friendly destination.


Located about 30 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan, the city seems to be naturally inclined for families, with plenty of opportunities to entertain kids of all ages. The whole family can enjoy Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, which features wide open spaces offering plenty of fresh air and paved pathways that make it perfect for strollers and wheelchairs.


From indoor and outdoor gardens and sculpture parks to outdoor summer concerts, there is definitely something for everyone, including little ones. The David and Carol Van Andel Children’s Gallery is especially popular. This exhibit, known as Curiosity Courtyard, is a 2,500-square-foot indoor garden designed to give children an immersive experience where they can play, learn, relax and explore their natural curiosity for the world around them.


The Frederik Meijer Garden lets children and parents enjoy the perfect blend of nature and man-made fun. This theme continues with attractions like John Ball Zoo, where families can visit the more than 2,000 creatures that call the zoo home. Not only can you stroll through the zoo at your leisure, you can also take part in numerous family-friendly educational experiences, pan for gems or try your hand at Sky Trails Rope Course.


The city itself features a fairly small size that makes it easy to navigate. For this reason, it is ideal for families who want to see as much as possible in a short time, although these great attractions will undoubtedly keep the kids occupied all day.


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