Hugging the Grand River as it travels north out of Grand Rapids, Comstock Park was a major transportation hub in the 1850s, serving both the Grand Rapids Indiana Railroad and Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad. Today, it’s home to 10,500 residents, a stretch of busy Alpine Avenue and LCMU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball team.

Family Fun

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West Michigan Whitecaps - Empty Field

Catch the excitement of West Michigan Whitecaps games with family-friendly fun.

Photo by courtesy of West Michigan Whitecaps

AJ’s Family Fun Center

This family entertainment complex offers activities for ages 3 to adult, including go-karts, kiddie karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages and an arcade. AJ’s Family Fun Center is located right next to LCMU Ballpark. 4-8pm Mon-Thu, 4-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat and noon-8pm Sun. Seasonal. 4400 Ball Park Dr NE.

BattleGR Tactical Games

BattleGR is the place for laser tag, archery tag, axe throwing and gel blaster games for all ages. They also offer sport court rentals, kid’s camps and an on-site food court. Their mission-based challenges are great for birthday parties, family reunions, bachelor/ette parties, corporate outings and more. 5-9pm Mon, Tue & Thu; 5-10pm Wed, 4-10pm Fri, noon-10om Sat and 1-5pm Sun. 284 Dodge NE Suite 100.

Golf 616

Indoor golf destination offers open play, personalized lessons, leagues, tournaments, contests and private events using the latest in golf simulation technology. There’s also an on-site pro shop and snack bar. Golf 616 is open 11am-10pm daily. 400 Dodge NE.

Krupp Farms

Krupp Farms is a fourth-generation family farm offering fresh-picked and u-pick strawberries, asparagus, peaches, sweet corn, and red and black raspberries, as well as a petting zoo and ice cream shop. Open 9am-6pm Mon-Fri and 9am-3pm Sat, May through Sept. 8025 Krupp Ave NE.

The Pack Indoor Dog Park

Dogs and their owners must have a membership to enter The Pack, Michigan’s first indoor dog park – but you can visit for free without a dog, just to hang out in the facility’s people-only space or say hi to the dogs and enjoy some delicious food and drink. 7am-8pm Mon-Thu, 7am-9pm Fri, 10am-7pm Sat and 11am-70m Sun. 5205 West River Dr. NE.

Westgate Bowl

More than a bowling alley, Westgate is an entertainment complex featuring 60 lanes of bumpers, automatic scoring, pool tables, a jukebox and large screen HDTV for sports watching. Onsite snack bar, too. 9am-10pm Mon-Thu, 9am-midnight Fri-Sat and noon-10pm Sun. 4486 Alpine Ave NW.

West Michigan Whitecaps

A summer tradition since 1994, the West Michigan Whitecaps are a High-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The ‘Caps play 60-some home games in beautiful LMCU Ballpark from April-Oct. each year and offer a bevy of family-friendly promotions throughout the season. Even if you’re not a huge fan of baseball, the food – and the many local and national craft beverages available – will make for an enjoyable outing. 4500 West River Dr. NE.

Food & Drink

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Amore Trattoria Italiana - dish. Insider Tip: Amore Trattoria Italiana gets extremely busy on holidays and weekends. Make a reservation ahead of time or dine during the week.

Treat yourself at Amore Trattoria, known for its delicious italian cuisine.

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Amore Trattoria Italiana

Award-winning chef Jenna Arcidiacono serves up an immersive Italian experience, right here in Comstock Park. Amore Trattoria Italiana has been voted Grand Rapids’ Best Italian, Best Fine Dining, Best Service and Best Chef by locals. 5-9pm Tue-Sat. 5080 Alpine Ave NW.

Bier Distillery & Brewery

Micro-distillery, brewery and restaurant serves its own craft liquor, beer, wine, mead and cocktails, along with creative Dutch and American bar food. Bier Distillery & Brewery is open 3-9pm Mon-Thu, 3-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat and noon-7pm Sun. Kitchen closes one hour before close. 5295 West River Dr NE.

Biggby Coffee

Comstock Park location of East Lansing, Michigan-based Biggby Coffee features a variety of coffee and tea drinks, “bragel” sandwiches, muffins and to-go selections. 6am-70m Mon-Sat and 7am-7pm Sun. 4575 West River Dr NE Suite A.

Cookie Chicks

A bakery, coffee shop, local food startup incubator and classroom space, Cookie Chicks proudly staffs, compensates and supports the special needs community. They excel at special orders, bringing your cookie dreams to life for any occasion. 6am-3pm Mon-Fri and 8am-4pm Sat. 3979 West River Dr NE A2.

El Burrito Mexican Restaurant

El Burrito serves up a huge menu of Mexican dishes, beer and cocktails seven days a week.

11am-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 11am-10:30pm Fri, 11:30am-10:30pm at and 11:30am-9pm Sun. 4170 Alpine Ave NW Suite B.

Dairy De-Lite

Ice cream shop along the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail serves hand-dipped flavors from local Hudsonville Ice Cream along with soft-serve ice cream, flurries, homemade waffle cones, shakes, malts, sundaes, shaved ice and slushes. Dairy De-Lite is open seasonally from April-Sept. 3950 West River Dr NE.

Fricano’s Pizza Restaurant

Fricano’s makes a distinctive thin-crust pizza that has won numerous awards since it was first introduced to West Michigan in 1949. Don’t ask what kind of cheese they use because it’s a secret!  A few other Italian dishes are available along with beer and cocktails. 4-9pm Mon-Sat. 5808 Alpine Ave NW.

The Grilling Company

The Grilling Company is a takeout restaurant and market offering its own old-school, pit-style BBQ meats with house-made sauces and sides. 11am-7pm Tue-Sat. 4640 West River Dr NE.

La Familia Jalisco

Enjoy authentic Mexican tacos, torta, burritos, tamales, quesadillas and much more at La Familia Jalisco. Daily specials include Taco Tuesday, Wet Burrito Wednesday and Enchilada Thursday. 11am-8pm Tue-Sat and 11am-6pm Sun. 4022 Alpine Ave NW.

Mad Dogz

Serving locally made all-beef hot dogs with 30+ different topping combinations – from chili and sauerkraut to peanut butter and pickles – Mad Dogz has been delighting local hot dog lovers since 2009. All toppings are gluten free and there’s a vegetarian hot dog option, too. 11am-7pm Mon-Fri and 11am-6pm Sat. 3916 West River Dr NE.

Mill Creek Tavern

This informal bar and grill serves burgers, sandwiches and pub grub in a cozy, historic building erected in 1890. Mill Creek Tavern offers beers on tap, spirits and craft cocktails, too. 11am-11pm Mon-Thu, 11am-2am Fri-Sat and 11am-8pm Sun.

Mr. Burger

Comstock Park location of a longtime local restaurant chain serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mr. Burger serves a proprietary blend of fresh, never-frozen steak burgers packed locally. The Olive Burger is a local classic. 6am-9pm Mon-Sat. 4750 Alpine Ave NW.

Palermo Pizza

Informal, family-owned Palermo Pizza offers sizable pies – including a mammoth 24” version –plus salads, wings, subs & Italian entrees. is one of four local Palermo Pizza locations. 11:30am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat and 2-9pm Sun. 4669 Alpine Ave NW.

Perrin Brewing Company

Spacious microbrewery serves up a wide range of draft craft brews and elevated pub grub in an industrial space. Perrin Brewing opened in 2011 and continues to brew consistent, high-quality beers with leading-edge taste. 11am-10pm Tue-Sat and 11am-8pm Sun. Kitchen closes one hour prior to pub. 5910 Comstock Park Dr NW.

Vitale’s Pizza & Sports Bar

A sports bar and so much more, Vitale’s serves award-winning pizza and homemade Italian specialties. There are 40 beer taps behind the bar as well as a full complement of wine and liquor. And lots of TVs, of course. 11am-10:30pm Mon-Thu, 11am-11:30pm Fri-Sat and 11am-9:30pm Sun. 3868 West River Dr NE.

Also in Comstock Park: Checkers, Culver’s, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’, Firehouse Subs, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, IHOP, Little Caesars, McDonald’s, Panda Express, Sonic, Subway and Wendy’s

Outdoor adventure

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Dwight Lydell Park, 2023
Dwight Lydell Park, 2023

Enjoy a stroll through Dwight Lydell Park's paved trails and natural beauty.

Photo by Paul Jendrasiak for Experience GR

Alpine Golf Club

An 18-hole public golf course established in 1967, Alpine Golf Club is committed to providing a fair-priced, enjoyable and innovative golfing experience for players of all abilities. From a streamlined check-in process to low emission golf carts with USB chargers, Alpine thinks of the little things that make for an excellent customer experience. Rental golf clubs, balls and tees are available! 6320 Alpine Ave NW.

Dwight Lydell Park

Dwight Lydell Park includes 39 acres of recreation space with two playground structures and natural areas in the heart of Comstock Park. Paved trails are ideal for walking and jogging. Two rentable open picnic shelters are popular for group picnics and events. The park also features a historic train depot that houses the Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society. 4040 Leland Ave NE.

Grand Rapids Rowing Club

The Grand Rapids Rowing Club is a member-owned club offering adult and high school rowing opportunities. It also offers three summer Learn to Row sessions open to rowers of all levels. Their boathouse is at 291 Park St NW in Comstock Park.

Wahlfield Park

Wahlfield Park features a main recreational area that also serves as a trailhead for an extensive network of trails through a hilly mix of woods, creek valley and open fields. Most of the natural-surfaced trails are open to mountain bike use. Great for winter fat biking and cross-country skiing, too. There are two large play structures and a swing set for kids. 6811 Alpine Ave NW.

Westgate Neighborhood Park

7.5-acre Westgate Neighborhood Park features playground equipment, tennis courts, a pickleball court and restrooms.4880 Westshire Dr NW.

Fred Meijer White Pine Trail

The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail is the second longest rail-trail system in Michigan, stretching 92 miles from Comstock Park north to Cadillac. Following the rail bed of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad that laid the first tracks from Grand Rapids to Cedar Springs in 1867, the trail is paved from Comstock Park to Howard City. Explore the trail from Grand Rapids to Cedar Springs, a 37-mile round trip.

Comfort Suites Grand Rapids North

Conveniently located off the US-131 expressway in Comstock Park, Comfort Suites Grand Rapids North offers spacious rooms with pull-out sofas, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Perks include free parking, free hot breakfast, indoor heated pool and hot tub, fitness center and business center. 350 Dodge Rd NE.

Tru by Hilton Comstock Park

Guests of the Tru by Hilton Comstock Park hotel enjoy free breakfast and WiFi plus a lively lobby with workspace, game zone and a 24/7 market. Stylish rooms include mobility and hearing-accessible options. There’s also a heated indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center. Pets allowed. Free parking. Located just off the US-131 expressway at 340 Dodge Rd NE.

Comfort Suites Grand Rapids North- View of entrance area from further back, 2022

Book your stay at Comfort Suites Grand Rapids North for a relaxing and convenient experience in Comstock Park.

Photo by Experience GR

Food

Doki’s Meat Market is a full-service butcher as well as a breakfast-and-lunch restaurant. Meat market is open from 7am-6pm Tue-Fri and 7am-5pm Sat, food is served 7am-2pm Tue-Sat. 4615 West River Dr NE.

Fluff Buckets Cotton Candy offers 50+ fun and unique flavors of cotton candy plus hand-dipped ice cream, malts, milkshakes, iced coffees, cereal and more. 2-8pm Tue-Sun. 3917 Leland Ave NE.

Grand Rapids Popcorn Company makes more than 40 flavors of homemade popcorn and also sells popcorn supplies. 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri. 4675 West River Dr NE.

The Gordon Food Service Store is a food service and grocery store operated by Grand Rapids-based Gordon Food Service, the largest family-operated broad-line food distribution company in North America. 7am-9pm Mon-Sat and 9am-6pm Sun. 4322 Alpine Ave NW.

Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars and ice pops are handmade in Michigan in many delicious flavors. 2-7pm Tue-Thu and 2-8pm Fri-Sun. 3917 Leland Ave NE.

San José Supermercado stocks a wide range of authentic Mexican groceries, spices, baked goods and more, and hosts an on-site restaurant. 8am-9pm daily. 3778 Alpine Ave NW.

Home Décor & Gifts

Attic Window Quilt Shop offers a wide selection of quilt fabrics, from 1880s reproductions to modern prints, plus patterns, specialty threads, notions and more. 10am-5pm Mon-Fri and 10am-4pm Sat. 5363 Alpine Ave NW.

Pinky’s Place Antique & Artisan Market houses 130+ vendor booths filled with all manner of treasures, from made-in-Michigan artisan foods to handcrafted art and vintage furniture. 10am-60m daily. 4790 Alpine Ave NW.

Jewelers

Bauble Patch Jewelers is a full-service fine jewelry store offering Antwerp diamonds, custom designs, repair and more.

Sporting Goods

Brenner’s Sporting Goods is a bait-and-tackle shop offering an array of products and an impressive knowledge of local fishing spots. 7am-6pm Mon-Fri, 7am-3pm Sat and 7am-2pm Sun. 4765 West River Dr NE.

The Runnery is a family-owned running footwear and apparel store that boasts an excellent inventory and knowledgeable staff. 10am-6pm Mon-Fri and 10am-3pm Sat. 5361 Alpine Ave NW.

Miscellaneous

Flowerland has been Grand Rapids’ destination greenhouse and garden center since 1949, filled with a broad array of products for designing beautiful spaces indoors and out. 9am-7pm Mon-Sat and 10am-5pm Sun. 3801 Alpine Ave NW.

Meijer Thrifty Outlet offers savings up to 90% on after-clearance and overflow items – everything from non-perishable food to household goods – from local and regional Meijer superstores. 9am-5pm Mon-Sat and noon-5pm Sun. 4677 Alpine Ave NW.

Also in Comstock Park: Aldi, Menards, Sam’s Club and Walmart.

Mill Creek Days

Returning to Comstock Park in 2022 after a 25-year hiatus, Mill Creek Days is a community celebration featuring a parade, food trucks, a 5K/10K run, live music, kids’ activities, a craft fair and more. August.

Winter Beer Festival

The annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival brings more than 100 Michigan breweries to LMCU ballpark each February for beer sampling, live music, food, ice sculpting exhibitions and more. Yes, it all takes place outdoors – dress appropriately! 4500 West River Dr NE.

Note: Hours and product offerings are subject to change; check websites and social media pages to confirm details before you go.