Every city has their tourist website and Grand Rapids is no exception. One of the best is experiencegr.com because it is very modern looking, is easy to use and has great resources. They have all sorts of fun suggestions like their Family Playcations link or their Self-guided Tour section. They even have a Facts and Trivia section that’s all about Grand Rapids. It’s full of interesting tid bits about our town. So I thought it would be fun to turn that list into some frugal ideas for fun in our town. So we’ll start by looking at some of the facts and trivia and then we’ll see how we can turn that into some frugal fun.
Heritage Hill Historic District has 60 architectural styles and 1300 homes.
Frugal Idea – Visit the Meyer May House which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908 for free! When you’re done take the Heritage Hill walking tour that the neighborhood association has put together.
There are 28 public golf courses with many only fifteen minutes from downtown making it one of the top cities in the U.S. in number of public golf courses to population ratio.
Frugal Idea – Check out coupons4westmichigan.com to get coupons for a couple of local courses.
Outside magazine named Grand Rapids the “Best Town for Mountain Biking” in 2010.
Frugal Idea – Grab your bike and your family or friends and try the trails at Robinette’s for $3 or choose from many other trails that don’t have fees. If you like the paved road then try biking the White Pine Trail.
Grand Rapids is headquarters to many national and multi-national companies including Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, Alticor (formerly Amway), Wolverine World Wide and Meijer stores.
Frugal Idea – Take a tour of one of these companies! Alticor allows the public to come in and have a guided tour at their welcome center.
Kent County is Michigan’s largest apple-producing county.
Frugal Idea – There are many apple orchards / farms around Grand Rapids that are free to check out. Kent Harvest Trails has a great map that can show you where they are and also send you to their websites to see what else they offer. You may just find a hay ride for $3!