- The list below includes 12 free or cheap things to do in or near Big Rapids, Michigan, including 29 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Specialty Museums, Tubing and Walking Trails.
- From Big Rapids Riverwalk to Newaygo State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Big Rapids.
Newaygo State Park is a 257 acre state park overlooking Hardy Dam Pond. Available activities include fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, and boating. The park maintains a large campground, picnic areas, and playground equipment.
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1009 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, MI MoreLess Info
The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University offers artifacts and information on one of the most racist periods in American history. Not only can visitors book a tour at this site, but the museum also offers a video presentation.
100% 3 votes
820 Campus Drive, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI 49307 MoreLess Info
Part of the Ferris State University Campus, the Card Wildlife Education Center is a 5,000 square foot natural history museum. The museum features an extensive animal index offering information on a variety of animals.
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226 Baldwin Street, Big Rapids, MI MoreLess Info
Saw Mill Canoe & Tube Livery-Day Trips offers a full range of recreational gear for single day excursions down the fast Muskegon River. Trips range in length from two hours up to six, with group discount rates offered as well.
100% 1 votes
Ferris State University, 1010 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307 MoreLess Info
Located on the Ferris State University campus, the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia addresses injustice and social tolerance. Exhibits present artifacts and collections spanning the eras of slavery, segregation, civil rights and modern times.
Listed as one of National Geographic's top ten tubing tours, Sawmill Tube & Canoe Livery offer canoeing, kayaking, and tubing on the beautiful Muskegon River. Short or long tubing trips, day, overnight, and weekend canoe/kayak trips are available.
Part of Carmike's movie chain, Big Rapids Cinema offers first-run films in digital format on four movie screens. The theater also showcases special presentations of independent films, sporting events and art performances.
Visitors can view exhibits and artifacts related to the history of Mecosta County farming and amish community at the Mecosta County Historical Soc. The museum is open for tours on Fridays or by special arrangement.