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Attractions, events, and sporting or recreational opportunities in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan are the focal points of this guide.

The city has much to offer tourists, visitors, and residents in the way of entertainment and culture, such as the John Ball Zoological Garden, the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, as well as the Van Andel Museum Center, the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, the Voigt House Victorian Museum, and the City Archives and Record Center.

The second-largest city in Michigan has several historic districts, homes, businesses, and other structures, as well as natural landmarks. Just east of downtown Grand Rapids, Heritage Hill is one of the largest urban historic districts in the United States, with more than 1,300 homes, some dating as far back as 1848. The Meyer May House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908.

Grand Rapids has several theaters, theatre groups, and stages, including the Wealthy Theatre. The first megaplex in the country, it was refurbished and reopened in 1988 with a seating capacity of six thousand. Although it closed in 2008, the building still stands.

Grand Rapids concert venues have hosted several bands and well-known performers, including the Grand Rapids Symphony, the largest performing arts group in the city, as well as the Grand Rapids Barbershop Chapter Great Lakes Chorus, one of the oldest chapters in the Barbershop Harmony Society. Others include the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Opera Grand Rapids, and several art exhibitions.

Appropriate topics for this guide include art galleries, libraries, museums, historic places, theaters, and entertainment venues in Grand Rapids, as well as concerts, festivals, and other events. Recreational opportunities, facilities, and programs in the city may be listed here, and local sports teams, programs, fields, and arenas within the city might also be found here.



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