Travel back in time through the streets of Grand Rapids as your comedic tour guide tells you stories of crime while walking through the Downtown, Monroe North, or Bridge St. Outdoor Refreshment Areas.
The hosts at GR Crime Tours bring both history and comedy to their storytelling, making for a walking tour unlike any other! We offer public tours and can also customize a private group tour. Book your private tour by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are an open and affirming establishment and work to celebrate each individual that attends and hosts the tour.
GR Crime Tours is committed to providing a safe environment, especially during the current pandemic, and we ask that our guests share the same respect.
This 2-hour walking tour brings guests through the Downtown Grand Rapids Refreshment Area. Featuring over a dozen stories of crime, mystery, and urban legends, guests will be transported back in time to a buzzing River City whose brick streets cover some ominous secrets.
GR Crime Tours offers private tours for a fair price! These specialty tours take place downtown, and include some of the best stories from all three tours. Tours run about 2 hours, and time and day of the week can be arranged to fit your group's schedule. Email email@example.com to book yours today!
Discover the ghost stories, urban legends, and paranormal stories hidden in the shadows of Downtown Grand Rapids on this wickedly funny, hauntingly memorable walking tour.
Each tour lasts around 2 hours, and takes place within the Downtown Refreshment Areas, which means you can grab an adult beverage and take it along on the tour with you. We will stop at designated to-go drink stops* to enjoy along the way.
A special late night tour will be featured on October 23rd at 10:00pm. This includes some additional mysteries and surprises- tickets for the special late night tour can be found here.
October 22 and 23 at 7:00pm tour: Ages 16+ (21+ to drink)
October 23 at 10:00pm tour: Ages 21+ only
*Please be aware that some drink stops may have indoor ordering, and masks may be required.
We are dedicated to the safety of our guests and hosts, and are following the guidelines set out by the CDC.
GR Crime Tours will provide guests with a safe and professional walking tour of Grand Rapids Outdoor Refreshment Areas while providing comedic stories of history, crime, and urban legends.
GR Crime Tours continues to seek ways to support and connect local artists, businesses, and individuals.
We celebrate the diversity of our tour guides and guests, and work to find ways to continually celebrate and support LGBTQ+ individuals, POC and indigenous peoples, immigrants, and individuals with disabilities
We hate to say it, but sometimes....
They do. We require a minimum of four attendees for each tour in order to respect our guides' time. We will also cancel in the event of severe weather (because Michigan).
In the case that you need to cancel, there are three options:
1. We can transfer your ticket (one time, free of charge) to a future date.
2. We can transfer your funds to a Gift Card to be used on a date of your choosing.
3. You can request a refund through Eventbrite. Eventbrite will keep your processing fees.
Cancellations must be made before 7 pm on the day of your tour or your funds will be processed. No refunds will be available after the tour has started.
The Downtown walking tour spans about 2 miles and takes approximately 2 hours. All paths are accessible for a variety of physical abilities, but please let us know if you have any concerns that we can help to accommodate.
Tour guides will make frequent stops to tell stories as you explore the Downtown area.
Please let us know during the tour if you need to leave for any reason (we won't judge!) so that we don't worry that the next crime story will be about you!
The tour passes by one public restroom, and some of the drink stop establishments will have restrooms available for customers. All the more reason to grab a drink!
Yes! If you're 21! Learn more about the Grand Rapids Downtown Refreshment Area here.
Our public tours are 21+, but we offer specialty private tours that cater to all ages. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to email us at any point if you are uncomfortable with attending the tour based on weather conditions. We ask that you email as early as possible. However, we will do our best to cancel any tours due to unsafe weather conditions 12-24 hours in advance and notify you through email. Tours could be cancelled due to winter storm warnings, dangerous cold conditions (temperature, wind chill, etc.), high wind speeds, or pouring rain.
While we aren't currently actively hiring, we're always open to adding unique guides to our team!
Beyond being a true-crime lover, Eirann Betka-Pope is a producer, director, performer, teacher, writer, improviser, artist and activist in Grand Rapids. They are the founder and president of Funny Girls and former owner of The Fuse Box, and represent one-half of Betka-Pope Productions. They teach classes at both The Comedy Project Training Center, and The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School for Theatre Arts. In their spare time, they enjoy travel, being outdoors, hunting for ghosts, and cooking. Eirann brings a passionate love for both history and dad jokes to each walking tour.
Mike Logan WAS a nationally touring comedian before the world went upside down, now he produces comedy shows all over Grand Rapids while being master of all social media with @Icecoldcomedian. He is co host of the popular movie review podcast called This Better Be Good with fellow Grand Rapids comedian Gerrit Elzinga. Mike has always been a huge fan of history and what better way to share that love than by putting a funny and unique spin on Grand Rapids rich, crime-filled past!
Amanda Wright is an actress, teacher, choreographer, and lover of all things true-crime. Growing up in the Grand Rapids theatre scene, Amanda was a big fan of ghost stories and haunted histories early on. She is currently on staff as a Musical Theatre teacher at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and has her BFA from the University of Utah. Though usually residing in New York City, she is thrilled to be back in GR to share her love of crime with the best city ever. Amanda likes to spend her free time at happy hour, cooking dinner with her family, and falling asleep to her favorite podcast, Crime Junkie.
AJ Powell loves a scary story, especially when it takes place in Grand Rapids and it's true. When he's not guiding guests to the bloodiest corners of the city he loves, AJ is a writer, director, and sometimes-performing magician. AJ originated a branch of magic called improvised illusion and has performed on many stages in Michigan and across the US. AJ's a bit of a history buff, so don't be surprised if he's ready for your questions ... and ready to tell you more than you care to know about the Voigt family and the early days of the city of Grand Rapids. AJ claims to be the grandson of Indiana Jones, but this is not a proven fact.
I booked a private tour for 4... I highly recommend GR Crime Tours. Customer service was perfect and the tour itself is an experience you don't want to miss."
This is the BEST balance of laughter and thought-provoking (true) story-telling."
... We cannot recommend GR Crime Tours enough! Book now!"
This was our third stop on our walking tour and we were already told no less then 3 times how white men were the cause of so many troubles in our community..."