Grand Rapids Riverfront Tour

Hidden Artwork

Fascinating Stories

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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Experience Details

The Details


  • Person (Over 5 years): $30
  • Children 5 and under: Free

Departure Time

  • 8:30 AM
  • 11 AM
  • 6 PM

Meeting Point

Lyon Square, 296 Lyon NW, Grand Rapids (where Lyon St meets the Grand River behind Amway Grand Plaza Hotel)


Mon-Sun, year-round


1.5+ hours


2 miles approx.

Group Size

Min. 4 – max. 20 people


1 professional tour guide

Not Included

  • Water
  • Snacks

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Dress for the weather (layers in winter)

Participation Requirements

Guests should be comfortable with walking 2 miles

About Your Guide

Certified tourism ambassador guide

What You'll Do & See

Log jam on the Grand River.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!

A couple walking through the park

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