I wasn’t sure what I wanted to see in Grand Rapids or Holland, but Candice knew all the must-see experiences around town. Candice was a great tour guide. Her passion for the Grand Rapids area comes through every step of the way. 🙂
The Historic Home Tour
One of largest historic home districts
One of U.S.’ “Best Old House Neighborhoods”
Tour Italianate or Frank Lloyd Wright designed home
History, Culture, & Architecture
Absorb the beauty of architecture & history as we tour historic homes of Grand Rapids. Prestigious homes from mid-1800s to early 1900s are meticulously restored in the legally protected Heritage Hill. These designs reflect the individuality of their pioneer owners, who built each one to their own unique tastes. Among its 1,300 homes dating from 1843, more than 60 architectural styles show in its Richardsonian Romanesque stone arches, Juliette balconies on Eastlake Victorians, Greek Revival, Prairie and what’s considered the most authentic Frank Lloyd Wright designed building in existence. Inquire now(opens in a new tab) to arrange your walking, driving or Virtual Historic Home Tour.
Homes of 1800s & 1900s upper crust living, people who changed the world & a castle
See the 1918 school that educated a first lady, an astronaut & a celebrity voted “Most Likely To Get Arrested”
The 12,000 sq ft 1913 mansion that most people miss if you don’t know to look for it
And if you’d like, ghost stories, scandals and a serial killer can be included in the stories
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What You'll Do & See
Driving or walking along the streets, Heritage Hill Historic Homes in Grand Rapids is a trip back in time. As each home is often the combination of different styles, you immediately enjoy the unique character carved into the details of these much loved homes. About to be wiped out by the wrecking ball in the 1970s, these homes were saved at the last minute to become one of the “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in the nation. This is the place to take the pictures you’ll want to share!
Varies upon tour
Varies upon tour
Varies upon tour
Min. 4 – max. 55 people
1 professional tour guide
What to Bring
- Walking shoes
- Dress for the weather (layers in winter)
- Guests should be comfortable with walking 2 miles.
- This tour is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have mobility issues or anything else that would help us make sure you have fun!
- Pet friendly. Your pet must be controlled with a leash or carrier, able to stay quiet during the tour, and comfortable around downtown activity, including horses. Please let us know if you’d like your pet to come.
About Your Guide
Certified tourism ambassador guide
As Heritage Hill Historic Home district is very large, you can see the most by vehicle, which we can do as a “Step-on Guide for Bus Tours, Corporate Groups(opens in a new tab)” in a tour bus or your personal vehicle. Walking tours are also available to see the historic home district, which focus on specific areas of the neighborhood. Story content can include ghost stories and scandals, if you’d like. Please Contact Us(opens in a new tab) to learn more.
There are some homes in Heritage Hill where Tours Around Michigan can pre-arrange to tour inside. The two most common stops are a 1909 Prairie designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, another is a mid-1860s Italianate home built by one of Grand Rapids’ Mayors. Each of these homes have different things to appreciate and some areas are only accessible by stairs. If a guest cannot climb stairs, they can still enjoy a good portion of the homes, but some arrangements may be necessary ahead of time. The homes where we can arrange tours may also require some creative arrangements planned for larger groups. In some cases, any additional donation to the home is also expected with a tour group.
Most tours run 1.5 hours, but can be done in less time, if needed. Heritage Hill is one of the largest historic home districts in the nation, so we can also tour for hours, if you’d like, especially if it includes a stop to tour a specific home.
Yes. If time allows in Heritage Hill, we can stop in the historic district to grab some quick pictures in front of a gorgeous mansion (The Castle is a popular one). We can also have longer stops to walk around and see Heritage Hill from a different perspective. And, of course, if a tour inside an historic home is pre-arranged, we can Step-Off and Step-On again during the tour.
See What Our Previous Guests Have Said...
Candice was a great tour guide and storyteller. The tour was about 90 minutes and jam-packed with Grand Rapids history. It was a very enjoyable way to start off our trip, would definitely recommend it.
I took a 90-minute walking tour of Grand Rapids with Candice. It was great! She is knowledgeable, professional, and lots of fun! It was just the two of us, and she had so much information to share. I learned a lot about Grand Rapids’ past, present, and future.
I thought I knew Grand Rapids until I took this tour. Candice’s knowledge of and tour through Grand Rapids was completely amazing and intellectually satisfying! This city has a very interesting history and has been a trailblazer throughout its existence.