There are so many things to see and do in Grand Rapids. If you’re plannign a visit, start your trip with our list of great attractions and activities that you won’t want to miss while you’re here.
Grand Rapids Public Museum – This local museum offers world-class displays on history, nature, cultural heritage and more. The downtown riverfront facility presents an ever-changing variety of art and artifacts from other cultures and a number of historical periods. From animal dioramas and an antique working carousel to travel exhibits on bugs and dinosaurs, it’s a interesting experience for curious young minds. History shows include a Native American gallery and collection, a full-scale 1890s Grand Rapids streetscape, a working antique carousel and a whole lot more. Learn about the people and areas of Grand Rapids (and outside ) through world-class exhibits on history, character, cultural heritage and more. The area’s leading presenter of professional, national, New York Broadway touring productions plays downtown in DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets are $25-$65 through TicketMaster. Take a look at their website for display listings. For directions, see DeVos Performance Hall record.
Broadway Grand Rapids
Celebrates the artwork of Broadway musical theatre, one of the most clearly American expressions of the theatrical arts. Presents touring productions of Broadway musicals plus special musical events which are enjoyable for the entire family, all in downtown DeVos Performance Hall.
Opera Grand Rapids
This is West Michigan’s only professional opera company, continues to elevate the arts with its community-supported professional opera productions, making opportunities for local talent to function alongside renowned global opera stars. Its own Opera Unlimited Performance Series was made to broaden the reach of opera chances that highlight diversity and inclusion.
In addition to staging classic operas, this company offers summer camps and winter studios for kids to express themselves through singing, dancing and acting. Michigan’s longest-running professional opera company enriches the community through the creativity and excellence of this classic art form. Singers and musicians play three main stage productions every year, ranging from beloved classic tales to acclaimed contemporary works.
Van Andel Arena
A concerts, entertainment and sports venue, this Downtown venue hosts a wide variety of family-friendly shows, such as concerts, Disney and Sesame Street shows, hockey, motocross and more. Home to the Grand Rapids Griffins, 2013 Calder Cup hockey champions, this 12,000-seat also hosts diverse sporting events during the year. They often hosts music’s largest touring shows — from Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood into Lady Gaga and Who.
This Theatre presents five Main Stage productions and one Magic Circle Family Show from May through September in the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center.