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!
Follow the Grand River on this hour-and-a-half walking tour past the old furniture factories, historic bridges, and river-side parks. But don't be fooled by its beauty...this up-and-coming neighborhood hides sinister tales along its banks.
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A lot of people say the West Side is the best side, and with its diverse neighborhoods, booming food and drink scene, and rich history, it's easy to see why. But this hour-and-a-half walking tour might uncover that while Bridge Street is thriving, the history of crime still lingers.
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It’s Pride Month!
And we’ve got a question for you: What do all these stories have in common?
A trans wedding in 1886.
A gay teacher ridiculed by a nation.
An underground lesbian coven.
If you answered that they all happened right here in Grand Rapids, you’d be correct!
Join host Eirann Betka-Pope as they walk you through the streets of downtown Grand Rapids and share the light-hearted and heavy-hitting stories of the LGBTQ+ history of our city.
The tour takes place within the Downtown Refreshment Areas, so participants may enjoy to-go beer, wine, and cocktails from approved establishments. (21+ only)
The walking tour will be two hours, and will cover about a mile and a half route. Don’t miss out on the history, the comedy, and the pride!
Grand Rapids Public Library and GR Crime Tours Present: GR Crime Tours
In collaboration with GRPL’s GR Reads summer programming, we are bringing you a FREE mini-tour!
Learn about some of the most infamous crimes in Grand Rapids on this 1 hour walking tour.
Led by comedian Eirann Betka-Pope, explore the streets of downtown Grand Rapids. You will visit local sites known for their historical crime and lore.
Tours meet in the Main Library’s parking lot by the flagpole. Limit of 15 participants- first come first served.
Monday, June 21, 2021, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 19, 2021, 7:00 pm
Learn more about GR READS: GR CRIME TOURS
Grand Rapids Public Library and GR Crime Tours Present: GR Crime Tours for Teens
Join GRPL and GR Crime Tours for a fun and educational trip around the city. Explore downtown Grand Rapids and visit local sites infamous for historical crime and folklore. Led by comedian Eirann Betka-Pope, this light-hearted and educational program is perfect for young true-crime enthusiasts. Light refreshments will be available before and after the tour.
Designed for ages 11–19. Please follow COVID safety practices. Registration is required. Tours meet in the Main Library’s parking lot by the flagpole.
Saturdays, June 12 and July 10 | 5:00 pm
Tuesdays, June 22, July 20, August 3 | 5:00 pm
More information can be found HERE!
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.
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..."