She led us on a walking tour of Grand Rapids while providing interesting architectural, historical, and stories of ghostly characters. Candice has obviously done her homework investigating the shadowy characters and has gathered first-hand accounts from current employees in many of the buildings. We will absolutely be taking another tour from Tours around Michigan!
Grand Rapids Riverfront Tour
Native American History
Walk Through History Over the Grand River
The Grand River was important 2,000 years ago to Native Americans and a vital part of helping expand West Michigan. It is still changing as Grand Rapids becomes even more popular as a place people want to relax and enjoy experiences. Join us on our Riverfront Tour as we walk through river history and explore big plans for the future of the Grand River downtown.
Walk along the banks of the river and appreciate the fine architecture, from historic to modern.
Learn about how the river has influenced artwork and development in Grand Rapids.
Discover stories of Native American history, log jams, and what happened to the rapids the city is named after.
Find hidden artwork and historical sites with the help from your expert guide.
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- Person (Over 5 years): $30
- Children 5 and under: Free
- 8:30 AM
- 11 AM
- 6 PM
Lyon Square, 296 Lyon NW, Grand Rapids (where Lyon St meets the Grand River behind Amway Grand Plaza Hotel)
2 miles approx.
Min. 4 – max. 20 people
1 professional tour guide
What to Bring
- Comfortable shoes
- Dress for the weather (layers in winter)
Guests should be comfortable with walking 2 miles
About Your Guide
Certified tourism ambassador guide
What You'll Do & See
The Grand River in Grand Rapids has drawn people for thousands of years. The quiet flow of water winding through downtown used to be very different and it gave the city its name. It also created one horrible national record, a story you’ll have to wait to hear on the tour!
On our Riverfront Tour, learn what happened to the rapids that gave the city its name. We’ll walk along the river bank exploring the themes of the river that shaped our city into what it is today. You’ll find out about how the Grand Rapids economy is jumping the river to the Westside.
We’ll explore hidden art and riverside attractions that demonstrate how our lives are centered around this body of water. We may even spot some wildlife that loves our river as much as we do!
See What Our Previous Guests Have Said...
Candice was an excellent guide! I’ve lived near Grand Rapids and never knew all the history of these beautiful buildings downtown. I can’t wait to go again. I highly recommend her tour she has some great stories. Thank you Candice!
Candice was passionate, knowledgeable and kept the tour exciting. Def will take another tour soon.
Candace was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable, made the tour very fun and interesting.