Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
The John Ball Park Zoo offers visitors over 1,100 animals from around the world
(and that's not even counting the squirrels and chipmunks). Warthogs, chimps,
stingrays, penguins - and our favorite, the capybaras, which are giant, winsome
guinea pigs from South America. Try to forget they eat them in Ecuador.
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.