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Best Times to Visit Grand Rapids

The best time to visit Grand Rapids is June through August and September through mid-November. The heat of summer and the mild temperatures of fall are ideal for enjoying the city's outdoor pursuits. Similar to other Midwestern destinations, winter in Grand Rapids can be extremely cold with lows in the teens. Spring can be slow to warm up, with highs not nearing the 70s until May. However, if you're on the hunt for a deal, a winter or spring visit could help you save on accommodation prices.  

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Weather in Grand Rapids

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June-August

For the warmest temperatures, plan a summer visit to Grand Rapids. Highs rest in the 80s, providing ideal conditions for a day at the nearby beaches. Plus, attractions within the city that close for the winter, including the John Ball Zoo and Millennium Park, have fully reopened for the busy summer season.

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September-mid-November

Come September, high temperatures begin to dip from the low 70s to the mid-40s by November. You'll want to pack sweatshirts, fleeces and perhaps a hat if you visit in the latter portion of the fall season. Though you'll need a few layers, you'll be rewarded with crisp weather that ushers in a beautiful display of fall foliage. The Grand Rapids visitor bureau details some of the best places to see fall foliage on its website. Plus, fall is the perfect time to visit local apple orchards and pumpkin patches.

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Mid-November-February

Winters in Grand Rapids are frosty, with high temperatures in November resting in the mid-40s and lows in the teens come January and February. But don't let the snow and ice deter you from a winter visit. Not only will you score the best accommodation prices of the year, you'll also have plenty to do both inside and out. Along with ice skating, ice fishing and sledding, there are also opportunities for skiing and snowboarding just outside the downtown area at places like Cannonsburg Ski Area and Bittersweet Ski Resort.

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March-May

In the spring, daily highs in Grand Rapids sit in the 50s, on average. Plus, melting snow can create some soggy conditions. If you don't mind the lingering chill, you'll find a few advantages to a spring visit, including affordable accommodation options and the annual butterfly exhibit at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Flower lovers will want to time their visit for May when nearby Holland, Michigan, hosts its annual Tulip Time festival, which features more than 5 million tulips.

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