Introduction to Big Rapids, Michigan
Big Rapids History
Big Rapids is a city located within Big Rapids Township. The early history of the region is associated with the logging industry that flourished due to the presence of the rivers. The community got its name from the many river rapids in the region. The city experienced rapid growth and development in the post Civil War years. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1869.
Big Rapids and nearby Attractions
- Settlers House
- Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum
- Tri-Cities Historical Museum
- Mitchell Creek
- Grand Haven State Park
Things To Do In Big Rapids
The city of Big Rapids is near the famous Settlers House, which was at one point the dwelling of the Irish Canadian immigrant Thomas Morrissey and his family. The house is now decorated with some very interesting 19th century artifacts. The Muskegon County Museum and the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum are also close to this city. Mitchell Creek, a beautiful water body in the city of Big Rapids, is very popular among tourists and townspeople. One can also visit the P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, the Pioneer County Park or the Grand Haven State Park to spend a day with family and friends.
Big Rapids Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
Big Rapids Higher Education
Institutes offering higher educational opportunities to residents of Big Rapids include the Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, and Grand Rapids Community College.