10 Places to Visit in Grand Rapids
Rolling Pines Apartments is the perfect place to call home, not only do we have some of the best amenities and floor plan options around, but we also are located near the best attractions and restaurants. Check out our list of top 10 places below to visit this weekend if you want to discover new places.
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN GRAND RAPIDS
Dedicated to the 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, the Ford Presidential Museum spans more than 44,000 square feet along the banks of the Grand River. The Museum’s archives house over 20,000 items from the lives and career of President Ford and beloved wife, Betty, who were also laid to rest on the 20-acre campus. The Museum’s grounds are joined with other Downtown Grand Rapids destinations via a pedestrian bridge over the Grand River.
Exhibits cover Ford’s life from childhood through the Presidency, featuring an exact replica of the Oval Office, candid family photographs and presentations on the Watergate era, pop culture of the 1970s, and more. The Museum also hosts a rotating array of temporary exhibitions, educational programs, and community events. For a deeper look into the Ford Presidency, visit the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor.
303 Pearl St NW Grand Rapids, MI 39504
Commissioned in 1908 by Meyer and Sophie May, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meyer May House is situated in Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill Historic District east of Downtown. Typical of Wright’s work during his Prairie School period, the two-story pale brick home features decorative art glass windows, skylights, broad eaves, and hipped roofs. “Michigan’s Prairie Masterpiece” was painstakingly restored to its original grandeur in the late 1980s.
In addition to a fully-restored exterior, the home is beautifully furnished with a mixture of original, restored, and miscellaneous Arts and Crafts period furnishings. The grounds and landscaping have also been returned to their early 20th-century design. Tours are offered on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays throughout the year; for Frank Lloyd Wright and architecture enthusiasts, the Meyer May House is an experience not to be missed.
450 Madison Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Spanning more than 150 acres, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is home to one of the nation’s preeminent botanical gardens and sculpture collections. Lena Meijer Conservatory, the crown jewel of the Gardens, showcases exotic plants from around the world in a breathtaking five-story glass structure. Trails and boardwalks crisscross the Park as you tour through the diverse ecosystems of the Western Michigan region.
On display throughout the Park, you’ll find a permanent collection of nearly 300 works of sculpture, as well as rotating temporary exhibitions both classic and contemporary. From Rodin and Degas to Coosjie van Bruggen and Ai Weiwei, the internationally-acclaimed collection is sure to impress. The vast grounds of the Garden also include an amphitheater, meeting rooms, a souvenir shop, library, café, and education center.
1000 E. Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Founded in 1854, Grand Rapids Public Museum is the oldest museum in Michigan and among the oldest in the United States. After outgrowing the site it called home for nearly 100 years, GRPM transitioned to its current downtown facility on the banks of the Grand River in 1994. The Museum features over 250,000 artifacts and specimens in the 155,000 square foot Van Andel Center and other sites in and around Grand Rapids.
With permanent exhibitions on the city’s heritage as a furniture manufacturing capital, the region’s Native American culture, and heritage, and the diverse ecology of Western Michigan, the Museum is a regional treasure. Home to a gift shop, café, meeting space, a theater, the Chaffee Planetarium, and a 1928 Spillman carousel in a pavilion built over the Grand River, this sprawling facility can’t be fully appreciated in a single visit.
272 Pearl St NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Nestled into the ravines and bluffs on the City’s western edge, John Ball Zoological Park is home to over 2000 animals across 140+ acres. Founded in 1884 with a donation from famed explorer John Ball, the Zoo has grown into a regional attraction welcoming more than a half-million annual visitors. The Park offers a gift shop, numerous concession options and the new Monkey Bar for snacks and rotating draught beers.
The Zoo features a Funicular inclined railway that transports visitors to the upper portions of the property, offering spectacular views of Downtown Grand Rapids. In addition to countless animal exhibits throughout the Park, visitors can choose from a variety of experiences including a zip line, ropes course, camel rides, and panning for precious gems and artifacts. The facility also hosts conservation education and community events throughout the season.
1300 Fulton St W Grand Rapids, MI 49504
TOP 5 AMAZING PLACES TO EAT IN NORTHEAST GRAND RAPIDS
Located off Northland Drive on the shores of Versluis Lake, Jet’s Pizza serves up pies covering everything from Detroit-style deep dish, St Louis-style thin, and even cauliflower and gluten-free crusts! In addition, Jet’s offers an excellent assortment of delicious calzones, wings, salads, and sandwiches. Don’t forget to save room for a deep-dish chocolate chip cookie, brownie, or order of cinnamon stix!
5150 Northland Dr NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Just a short drive southeast on Plainfield Avenue, Anna’s House is a Grand Rapids favorite for breakfast served up in retro diner-style digs. From A.M. classics like pancakes, biscuits, and gravy, French toast, skillets, hashes, and omelets, to fresh fruit smoothies and fresh-squeezed juice, gourmet hot chocolate, French-press coffee and kombucha, Anna’s House has something for everyone!
3784 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 39525
Serving Grand Rapids since 2000, Real Food Café on Plainfield Avenue offers a wide array of elevated diner fare. From breakfast staples like eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, and breakfast burritos, to handcrafted sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and burgers, plus incredible cakes, pies, and bread from their in-house bakery, everything at the Café is made from scratch from real, fresh ingredients.
3514 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Charlie’s Bar & Grill has been a northeast Grand Rapids mainstay for more than 23 years, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and a Michigan-inspired menu. Charlie’s expansive menu includes everything from salads, sandwiches, and wraps to burritos, tacos, pizza, pasta, seafood, steaks, and much more! Pair your meal with a Michigan craft beer or a cocktail from the full bar!
3519 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 39525
Best Diner with a View
Blue Water Grill features unique starters like fried barbecue cauliflower and housemade root chips, along with incredible salads, wood-fired pizza, burgers, and eclectic entrees. The Grill’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture, expansive glass walls, and outdoor patio offer picturesque views of Versluis Lake while taking in live music and sipping a unique seasonal cocktail!
5180 Northland Dr NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525
The Rolling Pines property manager and leasing agent duo are some of the best that I've worked with.- Anonymous
The maintenance and leasing team at Rolling Pines Apartments are superb, polite, and always helpful.- Anonymous
I love it here at Rolling Pines. The location is great, plus, we're it close to Highland Middle School!- Anonymous
Rolling Pines Apartments is a pleasant campus, friendly enough staff, and amiable atmosphere.- Anonymous
Great apartments for anyone and everyone great community, very quiet. Safety is the offices number 1 priority at the moment. You get exactly what you pay for here great, renovated, small, apartments. We haven't had many issues with the place itself and the moment we did the maintance was there the next day fixing it. Love it here me and my girlfriend look forward to staying here a little longer.- Yelp Review
5 Star Review: Jacob/Ellie- Great place too live at! Everyone is nice and quiet, we have not had a problem yet. It's exactly what you pay for in this area and it's the ideal spot in town!- Google Review
The community me and my girlfriend have been here for a while now and the community is worth it alone. Although we don't see them often the apartment employees have always been kind. We look forward to being here longer!- Facebook Review
I have live here almost 6 years and not have any issue. They communicate very well and will do anything to meet your needs. Very happy here. They had added a new basketball which it nice to see again.- Apartment Ratings Review
Lived here almost 6 years, never had a issue, communicate very well. They updated a bit with new basketball hoop. I enjoyed what they been doing for us with contests and others.- Apartments.com Review
I love the feel of coming home to a community of friends who look out for each other and I have found everything here to be wonderful..- Apartments.com Review
New management is doing amazing things at Rolling Pines and the new manager is the icing on the cake. She is very kind and acts like she really cares. I appreciate how hard the maintenance /landscaping guys work and honestly don't think I could find a better place for the price!- Yelp Review
5 Star Review: Rolling Pines has been the best town home I have lived in. Great maintenance even when on call and friendly office staff. I especially love the new Property Manager Kylee, she is super sweet and makes me feel like she actually cares about her residents. Thank you Rolling Pines for all you do!- Google Review
I have lived here for the past 14 years. So I have definitely seen many changes. And can say the ones we are experiencing now are definitely for the better of our community. Keep up the good work!!!- Facebook Review
5 Star Review: Great neighbors and staff Just moved in and every concern/ need has been met in a timely and effective manner.- Google Review
5 Star Review: Kylie and ashley are two of the best woman working in rolling pines office anything that I need they are right on it and very happy willing to help ladies I’m so thankful for them if anyone is looking for a place I highly recommend rolling pines apartments !!- Google Review