Introduction to Wyoming Michigan
Wyoming, Michigan, in Kent county, is 111 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wyoming is recognized as a suburb of Grand Rapids. The region features a blend of urban areas and nature. The county has experienced urban sprawl but the outer regions of the county are primarily agricultural areas. Wyoming is located south of the Grand River, which is the largest river in the state. The headquarters of Gordon Food Service is located in the city.
The Hopewell Indians were the original inhabitants of the county. The first non-native settlements were established in 1832 and are regarded as some of the first communities in Western Michigan. The region was known for agriculture, logging and furniture manufacturing. The area had been known as Byron Township. Wyoming Township was founded in 1848 and incorporated as the city of Wyoming in 1959 in order to prevent further annexation of land by other municipalities. The city's name was taken from Wyoming County New York, where a large number of the original settlers earlier resided.
The prominent Frederik Meijers Gardens and Sculpture Park includes notable attractions such as the Gallery Collection, scenic garden trails, an amphitheater garden, carnivorous plant house, English Perennial Garden, Tropical Conservatory and the Victorian Garden. The Sculpture Park features artwork placed in natural settings such as meadows, valleys and hill areas. It features the artworks of renowned sculptors. Some of the other notable attractions in the city include:
- Van Andel Arena
- Van Andel Museum
- Palmer Park features several hiking trails and a golf course
- Buck Creek Nature Area
- The Southland Mall is popular for shopping
- Craig's Cruisers offers go-karts, various rides for children and miniature golfing
Some of the notable nearby attractions include the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, Coopersville Marne Railway, Waterfront Film Festival, Ah-Nab-Awen Park and the Cascade Winery.
Residents can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities at Lake Michigan, which is approximately thirty minutes from Wyoming. The North Country, Thornapple and White Pine are some of the notable nearby trails utilized for hiking and bicycle riding.