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    Summer in the City

    Summer Activities in Grand Rapids

    It’s a different kind of summer in Grand Rapids this year, as we continue to follow state guidelines for a safe and gradual reopening of the economy. Though many events have been canceled and many attractions begin to reopen there are still some great opportunities to enjoy the warm-weather season.

    We’ll keep updating this page to reflect new summer openings and opportunities, so check back often.

    The health and well-being of the local community and our visitors is paramount, so we urge you to observe the recommendations of national and local public health officials. Face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing will help protect yourself and others.

    Dream Grand

    We invite you to Dream Grand with us – explore this website and imagine all the things you’ll want to do on your next visit. You can even build a wish list for your trip. When you find an event or attraction that interests you – like the Grand Rapids Public Museum – just click on the ADD TO LIST button under the address. That creates a running list of things you want to see and do. Click “My Trip” at the top of any page for your complete schedule.

    Attractions - Now Open

    John Ball Zoo

    Home to more than 1,800 animals from five continents!

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    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

    One of the world's top 30 must-see museums.

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    The Grand Outdoors

    Soak up plenty of healthy Vitamin D in wide-open, socially distanced outdoor spaces in an around the city. Golf dozens of excellent courses. Hike or bike hundreds of miles of trails. Get on the water with your canoe or kayak. Order takeout from a local restaurant and picnic in a park. Check out all the possibilities for outdoor recreation.


    More than 200 local eateries are offering carryout and delivery services while other restaurants slowly begin to open for in-person dining. Give yourself a day off from cooking and lend some much-needed financial support to our restaurants and their employees. Tip generously if you can!

    Craft Beverages

    Few things are more satisfying than an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. Fortunately, many Beer City breweries are offering dine-in and beer to go and beer delivery services that let you access craft beer by the can, bottle, growler, crowler, howler and more. Local distilleries and restaurants are also offering pickup and delivery services for spirits and drink mixes.


    Retail shops are beginning to open back up under the state’s phased-in reopening plan. Shopping at many stores throughout the region is allowed, including most stores in Woodland Mall, Rivertown Crossings Mall, and Tanger Outlet Mall. Check out our list of shopping destinations and call individual stores to confirm hours and appointments.

    Virtual Visits

    You can experience some aspects of Grand Rapids from the comfort of your home, thanks to the ingenuity of local cultural organizations. Watch a live music performance. Tour a museum exhibit. Attend a workshop or virtual gathering. Explore our calendar of upcoming virtual events.

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    Summer Hotel Packages

    Plan your summer getaway with a hotel package that includes a special perk geared around a specific Grand Rapids highlight – from beer to food to culture and beyond. Consider enriching your stay even further with immersive Tours & Experiences.