4520 Kenowa Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
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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.
The Founders Brewing Co. is not just a microbrewery, it is an institution in itself. Established in 1997, it has consistently received accolades and bagged awards for its first-rate beer. Originally known as the Canal Street Brewing Company, this brewery overcame some torrid initial years to become a major brewery in Michigan. Some of the specialty brews include the oak-aged Curmudgeon Old Ale, Rubaeus with notes of red berries and the aromatic Double Trouble. Discover the intricacies of brewing beer and the brewery's history through tours conducted every Saturday. Some of their specialty brews can be sampled only in the taproom, which is also one of the premier live music venues in the city. Savor gourmet sandwiches along with baked crab dip and cheese platters at their popular deli. This brewery hosts a famous cultural and food festival called Founders Fest every June.
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.
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.
An institution that follows the principles of the Christian Reformed Church of North America, the Calvin College believes in educating minds while keeping a focused emphasis on God. Founded in 1876, the college is a liberal arts college that offers a range of degrees and programs to eager students. The campus itself, spread over an area of about 390 acres (157.8 hectares), is well-equipped with the facilities that maybe required to help a student reach his or her potential. For more information on the academic courses offered at Calvin College, do see the website.
With a play area and plenty of space to run around, Dorr South Park offers great fun for families.
Named after the family responsible for its existence, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a place all visitors to Grand Rapids must experience. This 132-acre (53 hectare) facility comprises a botanical garden as well as a sculpture park. Indoors, you can explore the Lena Meijer Conservatory as well as various gardens; outdoors, there is the famous Sculpture Park featuring pieces by the likes of Auguste Rodin and Jaume Plensa. Michigan's Farm Garden, meant to replicate a typical family farm from the 1930s, complete with bronze sculptures of pigs and goats, is one of the major attractions of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The Amphitheater Garden, with a capacity of 1900, plays host to concerts in the summer. This is a place the whole family is sure to fall in love with.
Located in the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Leonardo's Horse is a bronze sculpture designed by Nina Akamu. Towering up to 24 feet (7.3 feet) tall, the huge artwork is modelled after the 1482 original which was designed by Leonardo da Vinci for the Duke of Milan. Named The American Horse, the bronze horse is one of the two based on Akamu's designs; the other one is placed outside Hippodrome de San Siro.
One of the highlights of a visit to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is experiencing the Lena Meijer Conservatory, which is home to tropical plants from five of the seven continents. In addition to Pacific coconut palms and Indian fig trees, you get to admire some wonderful rock landscapes. The orchid collection contains over 3500 varieties, and these displays change regularly. The annual exhibit of tropical butterflies, held in March and April, is a wondrous event, and it is worth visiting the Lana Meijer Conservatory solely to see the beautiful creatures, imported from Central America and other regions, have free rein in the conservatory.