It’s May! It’s Spring! – Grand Things to do in Grand Rapids

Spring TimeIt’s May! It’s Spring! –  Grand Things to do in Grand Rapids

All we can say is  – Finally, it is warmer and Spring is here – I’m not sure the record books have shown it, but it sure feels to me like this was the longest Winter on record.  Now the wonderful news – Spring has sprouted some Grand things happening in Grand Rapids.  Here are some of my favorite things to to in May.

5TH/3RD RIVERBANK RUN – Saturday, May 11, 2013

I  attended the very first Riverbank Run in 1978 mostly out of curiosity –  We had 2 daughters at the time and decided to drive to downtown Grand Rapids to take a look at what was happening in our City and find out what all the hoopla was surrounding this new idea of a road race in Grand Rapids.  There were 1,000 participants in the race and I can still recall standing on Calder Plaza looking out over Monroe and seeing one lone runner coming down Monroe heading for the turn and the finish line under the Calder – Wow!

Over the years I’ve watched friends and family complete in both the Riverbank Run and in the 5K’s.  I even walked the 5K myself a few years ago – it is so moving to be in downtown Grand Rapids or anywhere along the race route and see the enthusiasm and excitement generated during this race.  It’s amazing and I highly recommend you either participate or take an early drive downtown to watch the race take off or finish.

If you think you want to participate you can register here.

2.  Heritage Hill Tour of Homes – May 18 & 19, 2013

The history of Grand Rapids is alive and well in Heritage Hill – the historic home center of the Grand Rapids area.  The 44th annual Heritage Hill Tour of Homes is so special – it features elegant turn of the century homes that are amazing in their workmanship and style.  The hours are 11 am – 5 pm on Saturday/Noon – 6 on Sunday.  The tour used to be done in the Fall – which was also beautiful – but seeing them in the Spring really gives a lovely overview of the gardens and showcases these grand homes perfectly.

Come down and stroll along the tree lined streets and enjoy the step back in time – you won’t be disappointed!  Advance purchased tickets are $15 and can be ordered here.

Enjoy Spring in Grand Rapids!