Retire in Grand Rapids

Activities and Culture

Learn about Grand Rapids's' popular activities and culture.

Activities

With a rich history in brewing, many Grand Rapids locals enjoy brewery and distillery tours and tastings. It may also come as a surprise to many that the Grand Rapids has more privately owned, daily fee public golf courses than any other city in the US.

At a glance

Bowling Alleys:

5

Movie Theaters:

7

Casinos:

1

Public Libraries:

13

Malls:

5

Shooting Ranges:

2

Sports Teams within 60 Miles:

0

Closest Beach:

Oval Beach (42 miles away)

Closest Skiing:

Cannonsburg Ski and Ride (15 miles away)

Golf courses and country clubs:

28

Universities:

8

  • Area
  • National Average

Food

Food Summary

Grand Rapids has an eclectic and diverse culinary scene. Known for its history as a brewery town, the city has a variety of brewpubs where residents can grab a quick bite along with a pint of craft beer brewed in house. For those looking for a more upscale occasion, the city's multiple steak and chop houses should do the trick as well.

  • Restaurants

    941
  • Bars

    84
  • Local Specialty

    Farm to Table

Culture

Culture Summary

The city of Grand Rapids hosts a variety of cultural events, one of them being the Festival of the Arts on Calder Plaza. Usually in the first weekend in June, the festival features food, live performances, and artwork. Voted in 2013 as "Beer City USA", Grand Rapids has a variety of craft breweries that offer tours, as well as growler sales to take home, drink, and refill. For those looking for the performing arts, residents can catch a show at the Civic Theatre, DeVos Hall, or the Van Andrel Arena.

  • Total performing arts companies

    35
  • Museums

    11
  • Historical Sites

    3
  • Zoos and Botanical Gardens

    2
  • Vineyards

    3

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