FSU Bulldog Games, Museums and More in Big Rapids
Pack your pompoms for a stay at the Country Inn & Suites because our hotel is less than two miles from Ferris State University, home of the Bulldogs. Don’t forget your athletic shoes either since Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park and half a dozen golf courses are only minutes away. If you prefer water to land, you’ll find plenty of exciting things to do on and along the Muskegon River. Before you leave, learn about the local culture in Big Rapids by taking in a show from the Wheatland Music Organization or by visiting the Mecosta County Historical Museum.
Events and Schools
- Ferris State University (1.5 miles)
Fans of the FSU Bulldogs admire the modern architecture, exhilarating hockey games, rigorous academic programs and inviting cultural events.
Phone: +1 (231) 591-2000
- Wheatland Music Organization (18 miles)
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.
Phone: +1 (989) 967-8879
- Muskegon River (2.2 miles)
One of the most popular logging rivers of the region in the late 1800s, Muskegon is now a picturesque spot for fly fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
- Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park (3 miles)
Featuring nearly 100 miles of trail with varying elevations and difficulties, this state park offers opportunities for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, picnicking and skiing.
Phone: +1 (231) 775-7911
Museums and Educational Options
- Card Wildlife Education Center (1 mile)
Your kids will love the opportunity to get close to nearly 200 animals, ranging from rams to zebras, from all different parts of the world.
Phone: +1 (231) 591-5387
- Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia (1.8 miles)
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 U.S.
Phone: +1 (231) 591-5873
- Mecosta County Historical Museum (1.8 miles)
Learn the story of Mecosta County, like its roots in the lumber and logging industry, through a variety of artifacts and engaging displays.
Phone: +1 (231) 592-5091