75 Fun Things To Do In Grand Rapids

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Grand Rapids is one of the cities you just have to see to believe. Lately, the city has been getting a bundle of recognition from major travel outlets for being a top travel destination not only in Michigan but throughout the USA. A city full of craft beer, museums, wide varieties of fine dining and pubs, and even a beautiful outdoor landscape to enjoy. You’ll find plenty of awesome things to do in the day and during the night in Grand Rapids. See for yourself and start with our list of 75 items!

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Experience Live music in a perfect summer setting in Amphitheater Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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Grand Rapids Public Museum

Be Wowed at by all of the wonders of the universe via special exhibits at Grand Rapids Public Museum

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Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park

Get ready to swing into action for hours of adrenaline-pumping play in the trees at Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park

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Millennium Park

Spend a summer day out at six-acre manmade sand beach with a large splashpad at Millennium Park.

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GR Paddling - Tours

Go on a romantic “Moonlight Paddling Trip” with GR Paddling – Tours

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Art Prize

Take in thousands of pieces of art – in all styles – spread out across the entire city at Art Prize: an annual International art event

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The Great Escape Room

Challenge your wits as you attempt to escape from a locked room in under 60 minutes at The Great Escape Room

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Great Lakes Pub Cruiser

Bar-Hop the city with Great Lakes Pub Cruiser

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Clique Bowling Lanes

Knock down the pins at Clique Bowling Lanes

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Craig's Cruisers

Hop into one of the indoor or outdoor Go-Karts at Craig’s Cruisers

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The Pyramid Scheme

Dine, Drink & play games at The Pyramid Scheme

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Meyer May House

Go through the historical architecture of early 1900s at Meyer May House

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Catch Air

Spend the most memorable & colorful birthday party of your little sweetheart at Catch Air

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Segway Tours of Grand Rapids

See and feel the excitement of downtown Grand Rapids up close and personal with Segway Tours of Grand Rapids

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Provin Trails Park

Explore the sandy-floored forest of Provin Trails park through hiking & skiing

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Huff Park

Play softball in an excellent ball field, lights & scoreboard at Huff Park

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Gerald R. Ford Museum

Transport yourself back to the 70s through interactive displays and holograms at Gerald R. Ford Museum

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Dr. Grins Comedy Club

Laugh, Laugh and Laugh some more at Dr. Grins Comedy Club

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Spectrum Lanes

Go for a session of Cosmic Bowling while the DJ plays Top 40 music for you at Spectrum Lanes

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Grand Rapids Art Museum

Brush up on your knowledge of contemporary art at Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Downtown Market

Try a bunch of different food vendors at Downtown Market

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Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

Take a pic with the giant Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse

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Jester's Court

Let the little one slide, swing, climb, & ride at Jester’s Court

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Grand Rapids Running Tours

Sightsee Grand Rapids on the run, the fun way with Grand Rapids Running Tours

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Frog Hollow Boundless Playground

Let the little ones climb, run and play games at Frog Hollow Boundless Playground

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Great Lakes Dive Locker

Take an excellent double dip snorkeling trip at Great Lakes Dive Locker

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Classic Carriage LLC

Spend an amazing night through downtown with Classic Carriage

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Patterson Ice Arena

Burn off some energy Figure Skating at Patterson Ice Arena

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Van Andel Arena

Cheer for a GR Griffins hockey game at Van Andel Arena

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Kollen Park & Heinz Waterfront Walkway

Take a leisurely walk at the beautiful & peaceful Kollen Park & Heinz Waterfront Walkway

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Laketown Beach

Visit and walk Laketown Beach on off-peak for a private beach feel

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BAM! Ultimate Entertainment Center

Enjoy some foodt, beers, bowling, laser tag, a ropes course and a video arcade at BAM! Ultimate Entertainment Center

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The Rink

Lace up your skates and scoot over to the The Rink to enjoy year-round skating

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B.O.B.'s Brewery

Stop by and grab a fresh growler of beer at B.O.B.’s Brewery

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John Ball Zoo

Take a camel ride, Pet a Wallaby, Do a rope course & much more at John Ball Zoo

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Escape Michigan

Test your wits and see if you can outfox the game at Escape Michigan

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Nelis' Dutch Village

Step back into the Netherlands of over 100 years ago on a day when a festival came to town, at Nelis’ Dutch Village

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GRC Bar & Lounge

Enhance your fandom of Cigars at GRC Bar & Lounge

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Macatawa Boat House

Take part in an exhilarating Standup Paddleboard Race, arranged by Macatawa Boat House

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The Lost City

Step into THE LOST CITY, and discover the latest in high-tech fun & entertainement!

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Log Cabin Cocktail Lounge

Grab a glass of cocktail, watch a sports or enjoy the live music at Log Cabin Cocktail Lounge

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Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Wear the kids out at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

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Holland Water Sports - Jet Ski and Boat Rentals

Rent a boat, jet ski, or stand-up paddle board at Holland Water Sports – Jet Ski and Boat Rentals

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Beachside Bike Rentals

Take a nice short ride to Lake Michigan or Tunnel Park and climb the sand dune or hang out in the parks by renting a bike from Beachside Bike Rentals

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Ofishally Hooked Charters

step into a Ofishally Hooked Charters and reel in a big one

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Sanctuary Woods

Climb your way to a stunning view of both Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan at Sanctuary Woods

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Heritage Hill Historic District

Marvel at the history & architecture of Heritage Hill Historic District

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Holland Community Aquatic Center

Swim with the family all day long at Holland Community Aquatic Center

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Tunnel Park

Visit Tunnel Park: a Lake Michigan beachfront that is a great place for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking

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Mount Pisgah

Climb up the big stairs and hike into the woods after you get to the top at Mount Pisgah

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City Antiques Resale Boutique

Add unique finds to your collections of antiques by visiting City Antiques Resale Boutique

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Grand Rapids Symphony

Savor a live music performance in an outdoor amphitheatre setting at Grand Rapids Symphony

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Fish Ladder

Watch the salmon jump up the ladder at Fish Ladder

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The Murder Mystery Company

Awake your inner Sherlock Holmes at The Murder Mystery Company

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Veldheer Tulip Garden

Tiptoe through millions of Tulips at Veldheer Tulip Garden

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The Highlands Golf Club

Play an epic round of golf at The Highlands Golf Club

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Lamar Disc Golf Course

Play frisbee golf at Lamar Disc Golf Course

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The Intersection

Embrace the electric atmosphere inside The Intersection

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Blandford Nature Center

Hike the 4 miles of trails at Blandford Nature Center that are open from dawn until dusk

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La Grande Vitesse

Check out La Grande Vitesse: a monumental sculpture in downtown Grand Rapids

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Cascade Winery & Jaden James Brewery

Take a sip of great Michigan wine at Cascade Winery & Jaden James Brewery

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Fulton Street Farmers Market

Head to Fulton Street Farmers Market to get the best deals on fresh produce, wildflower bouquets & coffee

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Aquinas College

Stroll through the Aquinas College campus with its old buildings and wonderful green landscape

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Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve

Go birding. Bring a sketch pad, camera, or journal and be creative at Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve

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Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery

Get into the tasting room at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

See a lot of stuff in the small building of Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

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Donald Lamoreaux Park

Discover the natural environment of the river valley at Donald Lamoreaux Park

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Park Center Lanes

Get grooving with dancing lights, hot new music and glow-in-the-dark bowling lanes at Park Center Lanes

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Palmer Park

Picnic at 300 acres of greenspace at Palmer Park

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River City Improv

Spend a hilarious night out at River City Improv

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Grand Rapids Public Library

Peruse the shelves at Grand Rapids Public Library

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Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe

Get in swing with the 18 hole course at Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe

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The Mitten Brewing Co.

Try out the beer and pizza at The Mitten Brewing Co.

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Long Road Distillers

Have a Cocktail, small-bite or bottles-to-go at Long Road Distillers

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Discovering Michigan

Do a pub crawl through Grand Rapids with Discovering Michigan

Food, shopping, the Great Outdoors, Music, Beer and More. That’s what the city of Grand Rapids has to offer and we tried to cover as much as we could of it in this list. But if we missed something, make sure to shoot us a message!

Need more fun things to do? Don’t forget to check out the attractions in Detroit and activities in Ann Arbor!