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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, there are still 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. Michigan requirements include:

    • Wearing a face covering in all enclosed spaces (except when dining) and outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
    • Maintaining a distance of at least six feet from people not in your household.
    • Gathering in groups no larger than 10 people.

    Please check our travel updates for visitor tips and safety guidelines. Together, we can ensure that you can travel confidently.


    Some of the area’s biggest tourist attractions are now open for visitors – including A.J.’s Family Fun Center, Blandford Nature Center, Craig’s Cruisers, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Public Museum, John Ball Zoo, and Michigan's Adventure WildWater Adventure. Hours and procedures may have changed, check websites for details. 

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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

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    Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Every Tuesday Grand Rapids Art Museum is free---take time out of your day to take in some amazing art.…

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    John Ball Zoo

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

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    Grand Rapids Public Museum

    This museum offers world-class exhibits on history, nature, cultural heritage and more. Ride a 1928 carousel, catch a show in the planetarium or eat in the cafe overlooking the Grand River.…

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    Social Zones

    Outdoor dining has always been a highlight of summer in Grand Rapids – and new social zones allow even more restaurants to offer al fresco dining. The city has teamed with businesses to transform streets, sidewalks, parks and parking lots into socially distanced spaces for food and beverage service, exercise classes and more. Four downtown zones and three outlying zones give you plenty of options for open-air fun! You can enjoy an adult beverage while strolling around the city. “Refreshment Areas” in select Social Zones allow patrons of participating restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues to carry an open alcoholic beverage outdoors.


    Michigan restaurants have been given the go ahead for in-person dining, so local eateries continue to reopen their doors in accordance with health and safety regulations. Many have signed on to the Michigan Restaurant Promise, which spells out their commitment to guests – and explains how guests can help make the dining experience safer for everyone. You can search our restaurant listing to find locations that offer dine-in service, outdoor seating, carry-out, delivery and more.

    Craft Beverages

    Few things are more satisfying than an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day. Fortunately, many Beer City breweries are now open for in-person service. So are many cideries, distilleries, coffeehouses and other beverage destinations. (Bars that earn less than 70% of their gross receipts from alcohol sales cannot open for now.) Always check with a location before you go.

    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. Picnic in a park or bask in the sun on a beach. Check out all the possibilities for outdoor recreation.


    Retail shops are opening back up under state guidelines for safe operation. Rivertown Crossings Mall, Tanger Outlet Mall and Woodland Mall are all open for business. Check out our list of shopping destinations and call individual stores to confirm hours. (Many stores continue to offer curbside pickup, too.)

    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.

    Dream Grand

    If you don’t feel comfortable traveling yet, 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.

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