Grand Rapids, Michigan Fun Facts in 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan was named the top U.S. travel destination by Lonely Planet. Located along the beautiful Grand River and with easy access to Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast, Grand Rapids is a natural destination for anyone with a love of fishing, boating, or water sports. Here are a few interesting facts that might put Grand Rapids, MI on your “must visit” list!
- You can explore the stars without leaving your seat at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.
- Fredrick Meijer Gardens is one of the world’s 100 Most Visited art museums.
- People have occupied the Grand Rapids, MI area for over 2,000 years. Grand Rapids is the center of prehistoric Hopewellian culture, known for the famous “Hopewell Mounds”.
- Grand Rapids, MI is the birthplace of Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States.
- The nickname “Furniture City” refers to Grand Rapids’ place as a major hub for furniture manufacturing.
- The Detroit Red Wings aren’t the only hockey team in town – Their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, thrill hockey fans as well.