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Our Location

The National Science Institute is located at

902 Leonard Street NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504

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If you put the address in your GPS please check to confirm that the end location. There are a few very similar addresses in the area that are nowhere near The National Science Institute.

There is currently road construction happening around the facility. We suggest you see MDOT’s current status for travel information.

Hotels near The National Science Institute

We understand that everybody visiting us will be here for a different quantity of days and for a different budget. Here are some of our favourite places to stay near us:

America’s Best Value Inn, 777 Three Mile Road – Generally the cheapest option near us, is only 2.2 miles from the Main Campus and on several bus routes. (RLH Rewards)

Holiday Inn Express, 358 River Ridge Drive, Walker MI – Only 3.3 miles from the Main Campus and with direct access to I-96. It is on bus routes and easy to get to the airport, which is also off of I-96. (but on the south east side of town) (IHG Rewards)

The Grand River Hotel, 270 Ann Street NW – Only 1.6 miles from the main Campus, on Highway 131 and fairly inexpensive this can be a great option. If you are a walker, it is easy to get to the lab from here and is close enough to major streets for transportation to the airport, bus terminal, etc. Recently remodeled. (Choice Privileges)

Marriot – 235 Louis Campau Promenade NW – Right downtown, this gives you the full Grand Rapids experience and is still only 2.3 miles from the Main Campus. There is full service available to the airport and it is directly near all of the bus routes. (Marriott/Starwood Preferred Guest rewards)

Homewood Suites Extended Stay– 161 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503- This hotel is located in the heart of Grand Rapids, 2.5 miles from the  Main Campus.  There is a complementary business center, all-suite accommodations, and a full hot breakfast daily. There are also evening social events Monday- Thursday if you’re looking to network. (Hilton Honors Rewards)

Extended Stay Hotels – 3747 29th Street SE, Kentwood MI – This is on a main traffic zone of Grand Rapids which means it is near shopping, cinemas and public transit. What it is not near is the Main Campus – it is 13.0 miles away. However, it is directly adjacent to buses and extremely close to the highway if you’re driving, so it can be an economical option.

 Airports Near The National Science Institute

The airport in Grand Rapids is GRR. Most major airlines fly directly into Grand Rapids and there are services for car rental available at the airport. There are also buses that go directly from the airport to downtown, and from there it is easy to get to The National Science Institute

Occasionally, we have visitors who prefer to not fly directly into Grand Rapids. Chicago and Detroit are both options that have direct routes to Grand Rapids after you land.

Other ways to get here

Amtrak has service that departs and arrives in Grand Rapids once a day each, with service to (or from) Chicago. The Amtrak station is fairly close to the bus station, but be aware that departure to Chicago is very early in the morning and depending on the day, bus service may not go that way that early.

Greyhound serves Grand Rapids multiple times a day, to and from many different locations. The main bus station also serves as the stop for Greyhound, so if you arrive by bus, it will be extremely easy to get to The National Science Institute and then to a hotel.