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*'''Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park''', 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE (''North of I-96 on East Beltline, between Bradford St. and Leonard St.''), Toll-Free: 888-957-1580, []. M,W-Sa: 9AM–5PM, Tu 9AM–9PM, Su Noon–5PM. Plan at least four hours and up to eight hours to enjoy all that there is to offer. Walk the outdoor nature trails and boardwalk, study world-class sculpture within the outdoor sculpture park (including "Leonardo's Horse", a finished interpretation of the giant sculpture Leonardo da Vinci intended to be his masterpiece), and enjoy endless hours of fun with the kids in the children's garden. Visit the indoor areas including a special sculpture exhibitions in the lovely indoor galleries, see the largest tropical conservatory in the state of Michigan and gaze at exquisite arid and carnivorous plants. The gardens host special concerts in their outdoor amphitheater. Beautiful scenery if you don't mind dealing with the frequently unpleasant staff. Adult 14–64: $12; Senior 65 & older: $9; Students with ID: $9; Children 5–13: $6; Children 3–4: $4; Children 2 & younger: Free.
* '''Charlie's Crab''', 63 Market Ave SW, (616) 459-2500, []. Some of the best seafood Grand Rapids has to offer in a refined setting overlooking the Grand River.
* '''Silver Derby''', 816 Burton St. SE ''near the corner of Eastern'', (616) 243-5777. This "dive bar" has a great atmosphere and amazing chili dogs.
* '''El Burrito Loco/Cinco de Mayo (locations downtown, on East Beltline, Alpine Avenue, and Rockford). Another popular Mexican Tex-Mex eatery with authentic Mexican-American flavors.
* '''The 1913 Room''', 187 Monroe Avenue North West (''at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, near the corner of Pearl and Monroe''), +1 616 774 2000. The first and only AAA 5 Diamond Restaurant in Michigan. Very upscale, jacket required.
*<eat name="Thai Express" alt="" address="4317 Kalamazoo Ave SE" directions="" phone="(616) 827-9955" url="" hours="~11:30-8" price="$12 max" lat="" long="">The best Thai place to eat at, especially on a student budget. Most dishes are between $6-8</eat>
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