With beautiful parks, miles of trails, a farmers’ market, Grand River frontage with an accessible kayak launch, an iconic bakery, one of the region’s largest shopping and dining districts, and so much more, Grandville is a fabulous town to visit.

Located just a few miles southwest of downtown Grand Rapids, exploring Grandville, Michigan, is a great idea for locals and visitors, alike.

Here are a few of Grandville’s many highlights:

Cabela's is just one of many shopping experiences available in Grandville.

Cabela's is just one of many shopping experiences available in Grandville.

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Shopping 

Rivertown Crossings

When Rivertown Crossings opened, locals fondly referred to it as the “new mall.” Almost 20 years later, the “new mall” is now a standard-bearer for shopping in the region that includes a movie theater, 130 stores and eateries, and ample parking. 

With even more stores and restaurants surrounding Rivertown Crossings, Grandville is an amazing destination for shoppers of all ages and budgets.

Cabela’s

Nearby Cabela’s is a huge draw for outdoorsmen and women, with 80,000 square feet of outdoor fun. In addition to selling plenty of clothing and equipment, the outfitter features a super cool 6,000-gallon aquarium, indoor archery test area, and boat shop. (Also: don’t miss their fudge shop!)

Duluth Trading Company

With a large space that showcases “innovative and problem-solving men’s and women’s workwear, Duluth Trading Co. is a must-stop for hardworking men and women looking for specialty gear. The company offers various tools, specialty gear, apothecary, and a plethora of other gadgets and items for a variety of people, even kids! 

Wildroast Coffee Co. serves up a variety of pastries, coffee, lattes, tea, and more.
Wildroast barista

Wildroast Coffee Co. serves up a variety of pastries, coffee, lattes, tea, and more.

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Dining

Wildroast Coffee Co.

Grandville has a wonderful new coffee shop, Wildroast Coffee Co., just a few miles from Cabela’s and Rivertown Crossing. Located in a historic 100-year old building, the café has wood floors, brick walls, and a beautiful tin ceiling. 

You can grab a bite to eat while you’re caffeinating, choosing from sandwiches, croissants, and sweets on their light food menu. “It’s got a really fun feeling and is a great place to go and have coffee with friends or for an informal meeting,” says Steve Maas, Mayor of Grandville.

Its retro style and fresh, local ingredients make Anna’s House a local favorite.
Anna's House sweet brunch

Its retro style and fresh, local ingredients make Anna’s House a local favorite.

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Anna’s House

For a more full-service breakfast, stop by Anna’s House. Their inventive menu and mouth-watering dishes made from fresh, local ingredients make Anna’s house a favorite year after year. They also offer a variety of gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options. Anna’s house also has locations on Plainfield Avenue and East Beltline Avenue

Steenstra’s Royal Dutch Bakery

If your sweet tooth is calling, a visit to Steenstra’s Royal Dutch Bakery is a must. The family owned and operated bakery has been serving up sweet treats since 1953. From freshly baked bread to delectable pastries, you can’t miss a trip to Steenstra’s. 

If you’re in the market for a wedding cake, their cakes are absolutely gorgeous!

Can't decide what to pair with your food? Order a flight of beer at Osgood Brewing to try up to five different brews.
Osgood Pizza

Can't decide what to pair with your food? Order a flight of beer at Osgood Brewing to try up to five different brews.

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Osgood Brewing

Later in the day, quench your thirst at local microbrewery Osgood Brewing. It’s a great post-shopping stop for a brew and food. Osgood has been brewing creative, diverse craft beers since 2013. Hungry patrons can choose from a great selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and pizza, as well as their must-try mac and cheese.

Osgood is also a stop on the Brewsader® Passport and App. There you can get one of the eight stamps (or check-ins) you need to receive your official Beer City Brewsader tee shirt. Collect 40 or more stamps and check-ins and you'll earn Ultimate Brewsader status!

Michigan Moonshine Distillery

If whiskey’s more your style, check out the Michigan Moonshine Distillery. The locally owned distillery uses Michigan-based ingredients to create unique, small batch spirits, including unaged white whiskey. 

Located in a charming old building, the ambiance is wonderful. “Even the shiny, brass equipment is beautiful!” says Maas. Michigan Moonshine Distillery celebrated its grand opening in March 2019. Check its website or Facebook page for events and updates.

Millennium Park Recreation Area near Grand Rapids

Millennium Park Recreation Area near Grand Rapids

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Outdoor fun

Loeschner’s Village Green

Take your friends and family to Loeschner’s Village Green for a fun round of miniature golf. With doglegs, angle shots, and sand traps, it’s a great way to take the whole crew “golfing.”

Parks

If you’re looking for a playground, basketball courts, or disc golf, Grandville’s plentiful parks have you covered. “We have some really wonderful parks. One of my favorites is Heritage Park,” says Maas, who spent hours running there one summer, training for an ultra-marathon race. “There’s a big pond, and it has a great disc golf course.”

Kent Trails runs through Grandville perfect for hiking and biking.
Millennium Park offers plenty of bike paths for safe bike riding.

Kent Trails runs through Grandville perfect for hiking and biking.

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Trails

Biking and hiking trails also abound in Grandville. Kent Trails features 15 miles of non-motorized, accessible, paved trails that follow abandoned railroad lines. They’re great for biking, hiking, running, and rollerblading. 

Parking is available at Millennium Park or Johnson Park at the north end or in Byron Center on 84th St. and Douglas Walker Park at the south end. It also connects to the Fred Meijer M6 trail.
 
Beautiful Buck Creek Trail, which offers access to Buck Creek and the Grand River, also connects to Kent Trails.

The new Indian Mounds Drive Kayak Launch is accessible for people with disabilities and connects to the Grand River.

The new Indian Mounds Drive Kayak Launch is accessible for people with disabilities and connects to the Grand River.

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Indian Mounds Drive Kayak Launch

Another wonderful aspect of Grandville is the access it provides to the Grand River. If you like kayaking—or want to give it a try—head to the Indian Mounds Drive Kayak Launch. “There’s the kayak launch, there are places to sit, and you can connect to a trail along the Grand River,” says Maas.

The new launch is accessible for people with disabilities, and it’s located on Indian Mounds Drive just north of 28th Street, with parking to the west of the kayak launch.

Grandville Farmer’s Market

For a fun warm-weather activity, visit the Grandville Farmer's Market, open every Tuesday from 9 AM – 1 PM, June through October. You’ll find local growers selling their produce and other seasonal goods. Parking is just north of Grandville’s Kent District Library.

Fairlanes Family Entertainment Center is an exciting outing during any season.

Fairlanes Family Entertainment Center is an exciting outing during any season.

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Indoor Fun

Fairlanes Family Entertainment Center

Family fun is a shoe-in at Fairlanes Family Entertainment Center. With 44 bowling lanes, a large bar, billiards, an arcade, and a full-service pro shop, there’s something for everyone. For extra fun, check out their Glow Bowling weekends! You can bowl under the black lights every Friday and Saturday from 10 PM - 1 AM, for $10.95 per person. Rent bowling shoes for an extra $3.

Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink

If you prefer skates over bowling shoes, take a spin around the rink at Tarry Hall Roller Rink. With space for 350 skaters, skate rentals, a skate shop, a 5,200-watt sound system, and a dazzling light show, it’s a great activity with friends or family. 

Tarry Hall offers weekend and seasonal public skating sessions, including their upcoming April 1-5 annual spring break skate-a-thon.

Festivals

Grandville celebrates Easter with an annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets are available at the Grandville City Hall, or online at the Grandville Jenison Chamber website.

Math skills might be involved for the scavenger hunt portion of the Easter Egg Hunt: “One year, you had to solve an algebra problem to get an address, and then go there to get the next clue,” explains Maas.

Both kids and adults look forward to the highly anticipated School’s Out Celebration on June 1 from 1-7 PM, which offers food, activities, bounce houses, live music, and more.

Grandville celebrates the Fourth of July with a big parade at 11 AM and a celebration that everyone is welcome to attend.

At the end of November and beginning of December, citizens and visitors gather for the beloved Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Parade.

With other festivals in Grandville throughout the year, there really is something for everyone! Check the city of Grandville website for more information.

Grandville has many overnight options for visitors, including award-winning Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast.

Grandville has many overnight options for visitors, including award-winning Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast.

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Where to stay

There are plenty of hotels right in Grandville, including the Residence Inn - West, SpringHill Suites - West, Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express GR SouthwestPrairieside Suites, and Best Western Plus Grand Castle Inn and Suites

Because of Grandville’s close proximity to neighboring towns, including downtown Grand Rapids, there are plenty of other overnight accommodations nearby. Just search the hotels page to find more.

Grandville has a lot to offer visitors and locals, and there’s so many activities and places to try. What do you want to try most in Grandville? Let us know in the comments!

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