Grand Rapids is the perfect place for a cool summer vacation. Our compact size and long hours of sunlight let you have way more fun in less time – you can hit the golf course, the bike trail, the beach and the big city in one glorious day. Extend your stay to sample even more of our fantastic art, music, food, craft beverage and family fun scenes!
Enjoy the Pure Michigan Lake Effect at more than 50 lakes and four...
One of the world's top 30 must-see museums.
Summer fun at the beach is always a win! Just a short drive from GR too!
Home to more than 1,100 animals from five continents with hand-on...
Bike hundreds of miles of trails, in and out of the city.
Learn about native son and 38th President, Gerald R. Ford.
Immerses yourself in the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of Grand Rapids!
Check out the Whitecaps baseball at Fifth Third Ballpark.
Explore art, history, horticulture, a President's legacy and more
Summer is the time to make the most of our Grand Outdoors: Relax on a beach or on the water. Wander the grounds of a sculpture park or zoo. Ride a go-kart or a zipline. Golf, fish, bike, hike … the opportunities are endless. See more great ideas below.
‘Tis the season for outdoor concerts. Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens lead a huge lineup of open-air venues and events on the Grand Rapids Music Trail.
Shop Tanger Outlets, an open-air mall, for brand-name merchandise at discount prices. Shop Fulton Street Farmer’s Market and other outdoor farm markets for just-picked produce from local family farms.
Dine al fresco at 130+ restaurants with outdoor patios and decks. Sample food truck fare at weekly downtown and Riverside Park gatherings. Or pack a picnic basket with scrumptious food from downtown-adjacent Bridge Street Market or Martha’s Vineyard – then head to one of 100+ nearby parks for a meal with a view.
Pick your own strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches and more on the Fruit Ridge … or purchase just-picked fruits and vegetables from the 30+ family farm markets there. Many markets offer hayrides, petting zoos and other fun activities for kids.
Swim, sunbathe, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, hit the splashpad and explore 20 miles of paved hiking and biking trails at Millennium Park – just five minutes from downtown. John Ball Zoo and the Mines Golf Course are right around the corner.
Become a Brewsader® – enjoy a cold craft beer at eight of 40+ Beer City Ale Trail breweries to join the exclusive club and get an official t-shirt..
Explore local and global culture in air-conditioned comfort at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. (Get Culture Pass GR to see them all for less.)
Enjoy authentic food and entertainment at festivals honoring diverse cultures: Asian-Pacific (June 14-16), Hispanic (August 9-11) African (August 10), Greek (August 16-18), and Polish (August 23-25).
Check our Tours & Experiences page for even more opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture, cuisine and lifestyles!
This 200-acre attraction features the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the...
Over 2,000 animals and more animal touching exhibits than any other zoo in Michigan; tigers, petting...
Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The Whitecaps play April through September at Fifth Third...
Grand Rapids has been named America’s Best River Town (Outside Magazine) and one of the country’s Top 10 Beach Towns...Experience GR Team