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606 Front Ave NW

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Free
24/7 daily

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Free, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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When sightseeing through downtown Grand Rapids, consider a stop at Fish Ladder Park. A functional piece of architectural artwork designed by Joseph Kinnebrew, this concrete fish ladder was constructed to allow migrating fish to circumvent the powerful flow of the Grand River. During seasonal spring and late summer migration, visitors can observe fish jump up the "ladder" as the animals make their way down the low-grade waterfall. There are a variety of walkways and viewing platforms for onlookers to take advantage of.

Recent travelers said this is an interesting sight to see and that if you're patient you'll spot all different types of fish, including salmon and carp, jumping up the ladder during a seasonal migration in the spring and late summer.

Fish Ladder Park is located along the Grand River, a little less than half a mile north of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Access is free. For more information, visit the City of Grand Rapids website.

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#1 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

To learn about the life of the 38th president of the United States, consider a visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Though he was born in Omaha, Nebraska, Ford spent much of his life in Grand Rapids. The museum showcases more than 19,000 artifacts related to the president, including items from the 1976 presidential campaign, American bicentennial gifts, and gowns and dresses worn by the president's wife, Betty Ford. Throughout the museum, visitors will learn about Ford's childhood in Grand Rapids, his time at the University of Michigan and Yale Law School, his unique ascendency to vice president and eventually his time as the 38th president of the United States. Visitors also have the chance to see a replica of Ford's White House Oval Office and the original Watergate burglar tools, among other highlights.

Past visitors were pleasantly surprised by the museum's volume of artifacts and said it's a must-do while in Grand Rapids. Reviewers also said the museum is a great stop for both kids and adults.

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