Recreation, travel, transportation and lodging


Experience GR marks 10 years of Beer City USA with giveaway

The city’s destination marketing organization is hosting a Beer City Giveaway to celebrate Grand Rapids’ beer heritage.

Rosa Parks Circle rededicated after restoration

Grand Rapids rededicated a popular recreation space after a yearlong renovation project.

Cruise ships returning to Great Lakes ports

LANSING — After a two-year hiatus, Great Lakes cruise ships are back.

Bay City’s Liberty Bridge not expected to open by July 4

BAY CITY — A Michigan bridge is not expected to open in time for a popular fireworks display due to problems found by crews repairing the span.

Airport appoints CFO

Gerald R. Ford International Airport appointed a new CFO.

Airport begins expansion

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is embarking on a $110 million expansion.

Meijer Gardens ranks 45th most-visited art museum worldwide

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park's 2021 visitor attendance placed it 45th among the 150 most-visited art museums in the world.

Zoo to construct new habitat

John Ball Zoo will construct a new pygmy hippo habitat.

GLC Live to come under new management

The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) is set to be the new manager of GLC Live at 20 Monroe, following its recent sale.

DGRI receives grant for Grand River transformation

A Grand River transformation project is underway thanks to the recent state infrastructure plan.

Airport hosts tech mobility companies

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the lift-off site for some companies.

Grants awarded to preserve lighthouses

Two West Michigan lighthouses will undergo renovations to preserve their history, courtesy of grants totaling $100,000.

African American museum to relocate

The Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA) will move to a new location.

Sports tourism pumps $55.5M into economy

The economic impact of sports tourism in West Michigan exceeded pre-pandemic levels in 2021. 

Recreational boating industry powers through pandemic

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) While cruise ship industry profits and stock values sank faster than a rock in water during the pandemic, Michigan's recreational boating industry not only remained afloat, but thrived with near-record sales.

Holland ranks first in quality of life among small cities

As the rain settled on this beach city recently, lights illuminated shops and restaurants along West 8th Street in Holland and artifacts of Dutch culture appeared from City Hall to the Tulip Time Festival Center.

Air travel beats forecast numbers in 2021

The number of passengers who traveled through Gerald R. Ford International Airport was near record-setting in 2021.

Hotel coming to Ada Village

Construction of a new hotel is underway in Ada Township.

Cruise ships to return to Muskegon after canceled seasons

MUSKEGON — Cruise ships will visit Muskegon again this summer after stops were canceled for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WMSC expands, promotes staff

The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) chose new leaders.

Women in Aviation chapter hosting career symposium

The Women in Aviation International Great Lakes Chapter will host a career conference next month in Battle Creek.

Interest in hunting, fishing licenses remains high

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The pandemic forced people to rethink how they would protect their health and well-being in 2021, and one of the ways they did so was by retreating to the outdoors. 

Travel and tourism industry expects rebound in 2022

Travel and tourism in West Michigan will continue its upward trajectory in 2022 as it rebounds from the pandemic.

Camp retreat opens in Rockford

A new camp retreat opened its grounds to the public.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids raises $5K for culinary students

The 12th annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids event supported 50 restaurants and raised $5,000 for the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts.