The Gerald R. Ford airport is located on the southeast side of Grand Rapids, at 5500 44th Street. Those staying at the Prince Conference Center can shcedule a shuttle to and from the airport with 7 days advance notice.
Other transportation options for getting around Grand Rapids include:
Several car rental and taxi options, from the airport’s website
The city bus: Line 17 will take you from the airport to Woodland Mall. From there you can take lin 6 to the Calvin University stop. From there, walk across campus and over the “Calvin’s Crossing” pedestrian overpass to the Prince Center (see the campus map).
If you will be here much before or after the conference, you might need something to eat. Here are some options:
Johnny’s Cafe is located in the Commons Building on the main campus.
There are a number of restaurants associated with Woodlawn and the Centerpoint Malls jut a little south on the East Beltline & 28th Streets. These include Culver’s (2510 East Beltline SE), Subway and Biggby Coffee (2500 East Beltline SE), Starbucks (2757 East Beltline SE), or you might want to try:
Anna’s House for breakfast or lunch (2409 East Beltline SE)
Arnie’s (2650 East Beltline SE)
Grand Traverse Pie Company (3224 28th St SE)
Le Kebab (3122 28th St SE)
Odds and ends
You can find odds and ends at:
Rite Aid or D&W Fresh Market, 3 miles west of Calvin at Burton and Breton
Woodland Mall, 2 miles south of Calvin on the East Beltline, at East Beltline & Lake Eastrook Boulevard
(Other) Things to do in Grand Rapids
Calvin’s Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens are adjacent to the Prince Center on the north.
The Center Art Gallery is located in the Covenant Arts Center
The Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum is located in North Hall and is open 12:30-4:00, Wednesday-Friday.
Meijer Gardens, an indoor/outdoor botanical and sculpture garden, 4 miles north of Calvin on the East Beltline.
Woodland Mall 2 miles south of Calvin on the East Beltline, at East Beltline & Lake Eastbrook Boulevard, contains restaurants and Celebration Cinema Woodland, which shows second-run movies, indie films, and free Kids Flicks.
Gaslight Village is a neighborhood just three miles from the Prince Center and accessible via bus route 6, which stops just south of Clavin’s campus. It contains boutique shops and diverse dining from Kilwin’s Fudge to Jose Babushka’s. Bordering the neighborhood on the east is John Collins Park and Reed’s Lake.