If the weather isn’t to your liking or you just want to play inside, Grand Rapids offers a wide range of fun indoor activities for all ages, in all seasons.

Exploration

Delve into history, culture and outer space at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and its Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.

Browse the indoor gardens and galleries at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – the Tropical Conservatory is always warm and toasty!

Peruse vast collections of paintings, prints, photographs and other visual delights at Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Delve into the lived experience of the local Black community at the Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives.

Shop 22+ artisan food vendors under one roof at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids. Shop for everything under the sun in malls and neighborhood shopping districts.

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Entertainment

See a movie in downtown’s Studio Park entertainment complex or at Celebration! Cinema locations on the city’s north (with giant IMAX screen), south or southwest side.

Test your code-breaking, problem-solving and combination-cracking skills at The Great Escape Room.

See a comedy show at The Comedy Project – crowd capacity is reduced but the laughs are as big as ever.

Looking for a live-music fix? Check the entertainment schedules at Cedar Springs Brewing Company, Flanagan’s Pub, Log Cabin Cocktail Bar, Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant, The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar, Shots on the River and Twisted Bull Saloon.

Enjoy a concert, class, workshop or discussion from the comfort of your own room –local performers and cultural organizations continue to host online gatherings in response to COVID-19. Browse our calendar of virtual events.

Go Shopping

Grand Rapids is one of America's leading entrepreneurial cities - and it's evident in the quantity and quality of our shopping…

photo by Experience Grand Rapids

Activity

Get your steps in when the weather outside is frightful – walk the mile-long downtown skywalk or two indoor malls: Rivertown Crossings and Woodland Mall (be prepared to brake for bargains).

Go fowling – a combination of football and bowling – at the Fowling Warehouse in Grand Rapids.

Scale the walls at Higher Ground Rock Climbing Center and Terra Firma Bouldering Co.

Drop in to a boutique gym for a specialized workout – from spin classes to pole dances.

Play a round of indoor miniature golf at Great Lakes Glow Golf.

Try your skill at hundreds of the hottest new arcade games (and enjoy some delicious food) at Dave & Buster’s.

Gear up for a family-friendly game of indoor laser tag at Battle Grand Rapids Tactical Games.

See if you can hit the bullseye at Target Axe Throwing – it’s like darts on steroids.

Head to a bowling alley for a friendly game of 10-pin.

For the kids: ride indoor go-karts and play arcade games at Craig’s Cruisers, roller skate at Tarry Hall or Byron Fun Spot, swim at the The Kroc Center aquatics center. hit the trampolines at Altitude, Rebounderz and Sky Zone,

Enlightenment

Brush up on your home brewing skills or learn barista techniques at the Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. Education Lab.

Head to Sacred Springs Kombucha Bar for “a life-giving beverage and a life-changing conversation.”

Learn or hone creative skills during an artist-led “paint-and-sip” class at Brush Studio.

Create your own custom-blend candle, sugar scrub, lotion, reed diffuser or wax melt at Wax Poetic Candle Bar.

Crafting Candles at Wax Poetic Candle Bar

Tap into your sense of smell and flex your creativity by making a hand-poured, scented candle at Wax Poetic Candle Bar in Grand Rapids. My wife, Laura, and I recently visited this adorable shop nestled in Grand Rapids’ Uptown neighborhood, and…