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Grand Rapids Summer Activities

Grand Rapids is the perfect warm-weather playground for all ages and interests – because our compact size and long hours of sunlight make it easy to pack in all the fun anyone can handle! Bike, hike, golf, boat, paddle or bask on a beach all day long, then spend a night on the town at sports bars, nightclubs, brewpubs and live-music venues. Or spend the day in the city, visiting one-of-a-kind museums and stores, taking a brewery tour and exploring the Downtown Market food emporium before heading to a Lake Michigan beach for one of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see.

Summer brings endless outdoor festivals and concerts – including the Summer Concert Series at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, which brings in some of the biggest names in music. Outdoor dining at restaurants and breweries extends into the wee hours. Outdoor farm markets overflow with just-picked fruits and vegetables. (Did you know Michigan grows more different kinds of produce than any state except California?) There are all sorts of outdoor adventures for kids, too – at John Ball Zoo, Blandford Nature Center, Craig’s Cruisers, AJ’s Family Fun Center, TreeRunner Adventure Park and 100+ parks and playgrounds.

Join us as we celebrate the 4th of July and Labor Day, cheer on the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball team, indulge in delectable ice cream and iced coffees, picnic in a park and visit the lakeshore communities of Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon and Saugatuck/Douglas. We make the most of summer in Grand Rapids – and you can, too!

We’ll update this page with specific activities, events and dates as the season draws closer. Check back to plan your spring fling!


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