Discover things to do in Big Rapids like outdoor adventures along the Muskegon River

If you’re staying at the Country Inn & Suites in Big Rapids, MI, be sure to pack your pom-poms because our hotel rooms are less than two miles from Ferris State University, home of the Bulldogs. Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate easy access to Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, the Big Rapids Riverwalk, and half a dozen golf courses. If you prefer water to land, you can find plenty of exciting things to do on and along the Muskegon River, such as canoeing or tubing. Interested in the local culture? Grab tickets to a show at the Wheatland Music Organization or take a tour through the Mecosta County Historical Museum.

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Card/Riley Conservation and Wildlife Education Center

1.65 mi / 2.65 km from the hotel
Your kids will love the opportunity to get close to nearly 200 animal specimens, such as rams and zebras, from all over the world.

Ferris State University

1.64 mi / 2.65 km from the hotel
Fans of the FSU Bulldogs admire the school’s modern architecture, exhilarating hockey games, rigorous academic programs, and inviting cultural events.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park

2.27 mi / 3.65 km from the hotel
Featuring nearly 100 miles of trail with varying elevations and difficulties, this state park offers opportunities for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, picnicking, and skiing.

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

1.65 mi / 2.66 km from the hotel
With a goal to teach tolerance through displaying objects of intolerance, this museum features six exhibition areas and a timeline of African American slavery in the US.

Mecosta County Historical Museum

1.88 mi / 3.03 km from the hotel
Learn the story of Mecosta County, such as its roots in the lumber and logging industries, through a variety of artifacts and engaging displays.

Wheatland Music Organization

18.43 mi / 29.66 km from the hotel
Wheatland Music Organization originally formed as a bluegrass concert fundraiser in 1974 but has grown to offer events year-round, like the annual Wheatland Music Festival held in the fall.

Big Rapids Riverwalk

5.65 mi / 9.09 km from the hotel
Running up and down the Muskegon River, the Riverwalk trail is connected to downtown Big Rapids and features four fishing platforms, beautiful views, and recreation areas like Hemlock Park.