A top travel destination and place to call home

Calvin has been located in Grand Rapids, Mich. since its founding in 1876, but never has it been more excited to be a part of its development. Named Lonely Planet’s #1 travel destination in 2014, and one of the New York Times Places to Go in 2016, Grand Rapids and the west Michigan area can offer you some of the best restaurants, outdoor recreation, and festivals in the Midwest.

Related pages

ExperienceGR.com
Events, restaurants, things to do, Grand Rapids facts, and information

Life in Grand Rapids
Ways for Calvin students to make the most of living in the city.

Quick Facts

Things to do and see

Calvin’s campus is beautiful, but there are times when you’ll want to explore a city that offers incredible shopping, eating, and recreational activities. There’s a ton to do and see:

  • Students riding The Rapid, Grand Rapids’ public bus system.
  • Interns at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
  • Three students explore downtown GR's murals and sculptures.
  • Two young ladies talk while sitting on a low wall in the sunshine.
  • Four smiling, joyful students toss snow up into the air.
  • A diverse group of young people enjoying food and conversation at a local restaurant.
  • Streetfest volunteers recoat a driveway with sealant.
  • Traffic and crowds converge outside Van Andel Arena.
  • A woman stands painting on artboard at Reed's Lake.
  • A guy in a red shirt shares a story with his friends around a campfire on the beach.
  • A professor leads her class on a field trip into the city.
  • Interns at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
  • Three students explore downtown GR's murals and sculptures.
  • Two young ladies talk while sitting on a low wall in the sunshine.
  • Four smiling, joyful students toss snow up into the air.
  • A diverse group of young people enjoying food and conversation at a local restaurant.
  • Streetfest volunteers recoat a driveway with sealant.
  • Traffic and crowds converge outside Van Andel Arena.
  • A woman stands painting on artboard at Reed's Lake.
  • A guy in a red shirt shares a story with his friends around a campfire on the beach.
  • A professor leads her class on a field trip into the city.