Nestled near the convergence of the Grand and Thornapple Rivers, Ada combines natural scenic beauty with a picturesque downtown. There are several hundred acres of public land and miles of waterway to explore, plus quaint shops, art galleries, unique restaurants and more – all just 13 minutes east of downtown Grand Rapids.
Where to Eat in Ada
A small but diverse collection of restaurants reflects the upscale demographics of the community. You’ll find delicious interpretations of American, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines.
Where to Shop in Ada
Small, homegrown businesses cater to the needs of residents and visitors.
- 5278 Plainfield Ave. NE
- 597 Ada Dr. SE
- 7504 Thornapple River Dr. SE
- 577 Ada Dr. SE
- 7190 Headley St. SE
- 408 Ada Dr. SE
- 7270 Thornapple River Drive
What to Do in Ada
Create your own pottery and glass works of art at The Mud Room – it’s fun for all ages.
Explore more than 400 acres of woods, fields and wetlands on natural-surfaced trails in Seidman Park.
Enjoy handcrafted sweet or hard cider and homemade donuts at Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill.
What to See in Ada
See the Ada Covered Bridge, a 125-foot truss bridge erected in 1867 – it was the main thoroughfare across the Thornapple River until 1930.
See the Welcome Center at Amway World Headquarters – 20+ interactive exhibits and 160 videos tell the story of the local business that became a global phenomenon.
See local musicians play outdoors during Ada’s Music on the Lawn summer concert series – Tuesday evenings from June through August.
Local Ada Favorites
The Ada Famers Market, open on summer-to-fall Tuesdays, features more than 35 vendors.
The Ada Historical Society and Averill Historical Museum include exhibits, photo collections, a garden and gift shop.
Ada Hidden Gems
Roselle Park is a 240-acre nature preserve with a silo observation deck, wetland observation deck and paved path to the Grand River.
The E.E. Locke Arboretum at Ada Township Park, featuring 50+ tree species from around the world, is a wonderful place for botanical investigations and quiet relaxation.