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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.


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. 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
 (616) 929-1700

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. 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
 (616) 336-4301


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Best Sports Bar

If sitting down under the shade of a palm tree with a cold beer and a mouth-watering burger sounds like the perfect way to relax, we recommend going to the score! The Score is Grand Rapids' own Key West. Here in Grand Rapids, just a short drive from Rolling Pines, you can enjoy the beautiful views of Versluis Lake and over 120 beers on tap, along with an amazing menu. This sports bar is a local favorite and has something for everyone, from a lobster roll to white chicken chili to mahi mahi. Here you can soak up all your favorite beach vibes without ever leaving Grand Rapids. Don't forget to check out their beach volleyball league.

 5301 Northland Dr. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Best Breakfast

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


Best Diner

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


Best BrewPub

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