4520 Kenowa Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
Phone: (616) 667-0733
Fax: (616) 667-9375
Located on Fulton Avenue, the John Ball Zoo is owned and operated by the County of Kent. One of the most attended cultural facilities in the city, the zoo is home to over 250 species of animals, amounting to one of the largest collections of zoo animals in Michigan. The management also arranges for many educational programs and events for children. Apart from the friendly, live animals, the ceramic Loch Ness monster in the zoo pond is also a local favorite.
Established in 1997, Founders Brewing Co. has consistently received accolades and picked up awards for its first-rate beers. Originally known as the Canal Street Brewing Company, the brewery overcame some torrid initial years to become the much-loved brewery it is today. Some of their specialty brews include the Curmudgeon Old Ale, Rubaeus and Double Trouble. Discover the intricacies of brewing beer and the brewery's history with the popular tours conducted every Saturday. Tour includes a tasting session of their beers as well. Visitors can chill out at the Taproom feasting on their selection of their award-winning brews and a menu of deli specialties. Check website for more.
Located on the Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids, the Jaycee-MacKay Park is a popular park frequented by locals and tourists alike. Providing many facilities like picnic utilities, playgrounds and game fields, this park makes for a great visit. For the sports enthusiast, there are well-maintained soccer fields, baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts available. Whereas for tourists and photographers, there is the Snowhenge, the 1/3rd scaled down replica of the original Stonehenge made entirely of snow! Towering up to 6.5 feet (1.89 meters) the Snowhenge is a perfect frozen replica of Wiltshire's World Heritage Monument. Other facilities here include washrooms and ample parking space.
Grand Rapids Public Museum is devoted to the cultural and natural heritage of West Michigan. The three-storey museum is filled with exhibits related to history and nature.
1928 Spillman Carousel was originally operated in the Lakewood Amusement Park later the park was closed and Peter Cook, late benefactor of Grand Rapids initiated the restoration of the carousel to get it to Grand Rapids Public Museum. The Spillman Carousel is a beautifully bejewelled carousel mounting 44 horses and a tiger, goat, deer, camel, lion and a giraffe and two chariots, all of which are intricately painted. The carousel rotates to the tunes of Wurlitzer band organ and delights young and old patrons of the museum. Every year on Peter Cook's birthday on May 9, the museum offers free carousel rides.
A variety of woods, ponds, and streams are located in this nature center as well as animal exhibits and nature trails. Seasonal programs available here include pioneer history and crafts demonstrations and maple syrup productions.
This Prairie-style design masterpiece is one of the most completely restored Frank Lloyd Wright houses in existence.
The main Grand Rapids Public Library branch is normally open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the main branch is also open on Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other library branches in Grand Rapids can be found at 1201 Madison Avenue Southeast, 1150 Giddings Avenue Southeast, 2350 Eastern Avenue Southeast, 1563 Plainfield Avenue Northeast, 1017 Leonard Street Northwest, 713 Bridge Street Northwest, and 2025 Leonard Street Northeast.
Perfectly preserved, this Victorian mansion contains original furnishings plus offers seasonal programs on life in Grand Rapids during the Victorian era. They are open on Tuesdays and on the second and fourth Sundays of every month.
One of the largest urban historic districts in the USA, this district features over 1300 homes that date from 1848 and later. Over 60 different architectural styles are to be found. The district hosts the annual home tour in May. Self-guided walking tour brochures are available at the downtown Visitor Information Center.
Michigan is home to many memorials and monuments dedicated to the 38th president of United States of America, Gerald Ford, who spend his boyhood in the city. Located on the Walker Avenue, this monument however, is unique in that, it features the former president as a boy wearing his boy scout uniform. Inspiring the local youth and students, the Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Statue is worth a watch.
The WZZM 13 Weatherball located on Mile Road is a steel structure which was first installed in 1967. The 125 foot (38 meters) structure is almost entirely made of steel. Initially perched atop the Michigan National Bank building till its removal in 1999, the WZZM 13 was modelled after the Citizen's Bank Building weather ball in Flint. Its currently rests on a 100-foot (30 meter) pole where it was installed in 2003.