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Whether you’re looking to take your annual family photos or just snap a pic for Instagram, we have the perfect spot for YOU! Explore the best places to take photos in Grand Rapids.

20+ Instagram-able Spots in Grand Rapids

Hello Grand Rapids! If you are looking for the next spot to take your photos for Instagram, you’re in the right spot. Our team has compiled a list of places in Grand Rapids to take photos. There is a variety of vibes, color schemes, and moods so that you can find the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram photo session.

Whether you’re an influencer or just looking to add some aesthetic shots to your feed, our list of Instagram-able spots is sure to help you find the perfect location to match the look you’re aiming for. 

Explore All the Photo Worthy Spots in Grand Rapids

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The Love Sculpture Downtown Grand Rapids

An iconic pop-art sculpture was introduced in 2018 by artist Robert Indiana and is one of 20 versions of LOVE within the US. The 8’x8’ wide piece is located on Louis Campau Promenade, fronting Monroe Avenue between Louis Street and Pearl Street.

love sculpture - Instagram-able spot
169 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Blue Bridge / Ellen Rutt Parking Garage Mural

This historic Grand Rapids landmark is one of the most photographed spots in the whole city! From graduation pictures, random selfies, and wedding proposals, this bridge has seen it all. In the backdrop of the blue bridge, you can find the Seen & Scene mural by Ellen Rutt located on the side of a parking garage. 

the blue bridge grand rapids
Blue Footbridge Grand Rapids, MI 49504
SEEN & SCENE - Ellen Rutt Mural
Seen & Scene Mural by Ellen Rutt /// 261 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI MI, 49503

Rosa Parks Circle & The Amway Grand Plaza Area

Rosa Parks Circle is a plaza located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the warmer months it is a multipurpose facility, acting as a venue for events like concerts or dances put on by the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society. In the winter the Circle is converted to an ice rink.

downtown grand rapids - photo worthy spots
Monroe Ave & Pearl Street Intersection

Civic Auditorium

This renowned Grand Rapids structure is simply the perfect spot to take wedding photos and senior portraits. It was originally used as an exhibition hall, meeting room, and concert space. However, the Civic Auditorium has been nearly demolished except for the front entrance and lobby.

Lyon St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Outside Coffee Co.

Enjoy a cup of coffee while relaxing in the beautiful outdoors. Outside Coffee Co. is a West Michigan favorite for coffee AND cute pictures. There are two locations: Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids and in the Douglas & Saugatuck area (which is also home to Woosah Outfitters).

Both of their locations are the perfect spot to enjoy nature and take photos while sipping on a delicious cup of coffee, tea, or matcha.

Whether you are there to relax in the hammocks, hang out with friends, or get a cute picture for the ‘gram Outside Coffee Co is a local favorite that we just had to share with you!

outside coffee co. wealthy street grand rapids
Grand Rapids Location: 734 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Molly in Michigan at Outside Coffee Co. douglas_saugatuck
Douglas / Saugatuck Location: 450 W Center St, Douglas, MI 49406

Grand Rapids Choice One Bank Wall

Choice One is a Michigan-based bank with a branch and a loan office in Grand Rapids. This photo worthy wall is located on the branch on Market Ave SW.

Choice One Bank Wall
330 Market Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Parking Garages

List of Parking Garages in Grand Rapids to take photos on:

grand rapids parking garages
Monroe Center Parking Garage | 29 Pearl St NW Suite 1, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
downtown grand rapids -parking garage
Monroe Center Ramp | 50 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

UICA Ellen Rutt Mural

This mural by Ellen Rutt stretches across nearly 100 feet of a wall with a ton of different abstract patterns and colors. 

600 Division Ave North, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. /// Located on the side of the road on Division right by the entrance to I-96 W.

Rise Authentic Baking Co. Interior & Patio Murals

Grab a cup of coffee and take a cute candid photo inside or outside on their patio! Rise Authentic Baking Co. has vegan, gluten-free, soy-free & dye-free baked goods for the allergy-conscious and everyday folk! They also share our space with Squibb Coffee serving coffee, tea & espresso

1220 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
rise authentic baking co back patio mural - instagramable spot
1220 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Renee Austin Wedding Mural

Renee Austin Wedding is an elegant bridal shop for wedding gowns and dresses for the entire bridal party. This stunning mural gives off such feminine energy that radiates and flows right into the store.

Renee Austin Wedding mural
1555 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Meijer Gardens Greenhouse

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 158-acre botanical garden, art museum, and outdoor sculpture park located in Grand Rapids Township.

meijer garden - greenhouse
1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Madcap Coffee Downtown Grand Rapids

This cafe is a minimalistic and modern spot to grab a picture and a specialty cup of coffee! Madcap now has multiple locations in Michigan, but this one has a sweet spot in our hearts because it was their very first shop to open and is located in the wonderful city of Grand Rapids. 

madcap coffee instagrammable. spots in grand rapids
98 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Seasonal Sunflower Fields

Bremer Produce | 5845 48th Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426

Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Mural

The preserve features 100+ acres of native plants and natural habitats. There are so many great spots to explore and immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy the wandering trails, enroll in a class or educational program, or just sit and relax (and take a photo of course)!

1750 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

What Lifts You Wings

These stunning giant butterfly wings were painted by artist Kelsey Montague. Located on the side of the building off of 4th St NW.

what lifts you wings (west-grand)
638 Stocking Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Calder Plaza

This space features an open, hard-surface plaza that adjoins the City and County buildings. It is also home to the “La Grand Vitesse”, the Alexander Calder Stabile which symbolizes the City of Grand Rapids.

Calder Plaza - Grand Rapids
320 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Lions & Rabits Mural

Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts is an art nonprofit that creates accessible art education and enrichment programs for local artists. On the side of the Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy building is a mural with an array of color stripes, perfect for an impromptu photo session. 

1264 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505


McConnell Ionia Parking Mural

Location: 434 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Artist: Kim Carlino

Outside of Amway Grand 

Location: 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Helen DeVos Pedestrian Bridge

Location: 100 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

New City Neighbors

Location: 1115 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

If you have photos at any of these spots or know of more photo-worthy places & want to be featured on our blog, please DM us on Instagram. We would love to add your photos to our list of ‘Instagramable’ spots!

Looking for a photographer?

We recommend Samantha Ruth Photography for all your corporate photo needs and social events! She does such amazing work. We especially love how she captures our agent’s headshots. Not to mention she is a blast to be around and livens up the room.

Visit her Instagram or Website to see more of her work!!

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“Have a home, or maybe a few, on your mind? Same. Always, in fact. You are in like-minded company already. I look forward to learning more about what’s on your mind and how I can help. As long as you’re already here, here is a little background on me.” — Agent Ann

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