Experience a slice of Americana in the Village of Sparta, just 20 minutes north of Grand Rapids. It’s a quintessential Michigan small town, holding fast to tradition while embracing the future. The walkable downtown is lined with small businesses, the summer schedule is packed with family-friendly festivals and outdoor adventure is always a few steps away.
Small town, big global flavors. Try the Italian dishes at Angela’s or Maria’s, sample Mexican cuisine at Downtown Trini’s, and get your Chinese cravings fulfilled at Mandarin Wok or New Dragon. Have a sweet tooth? Stop in to Tom’s Hometown Bakery for freshly baked bread, donuts, cakes and pastries.
Bowl a few games at Sparta Lanes and grab a quick bite at the alley’s Garden Patch restaurant.
Celebrate fall with horse-drawn carriage rides, a corn maze, and u-pick pumpkins and apples at Fruit Ride Hayrides.
See movies in Rogers Park in summer – bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy films on a 20-ft. outdoor screen.
See giant snapping turtles and other wildlife on the trails at Howard Christensen Nature Center, just north of Sparta.
See a memorial to those who were lost in the September 11, 2011 attacks in Library Memorial park.
Sparta Town & Country Days is a five-day celebration held in July, complete with a carnival midway, live music, kids’ activities, parade, fireworks and more.
Free, family-friendly concerts take place in downtown’s Rogers Park on Wednesday evenings in June.
The Sparta Nature Trail is an undeveloped 103-acre park primarily comprised of wetland soils and plant material, with trails for sightseeing and nature walks.
Long Lake Park includes a mile of shoreline on a great fishing and swimming lake, plus forested picnic areas, wetlands, a public beach, boat launch and playground.
A group of paddlers gets ready to launch for spring float down the Rogue River above Rockford. Photo Credit: Howard Meyerson The quiet beauty of the Rogue River and the water quality issues along