The Mega List: 104 Fun Date Night Ideas for Your Next Night Out

Uncover the Best Date Night Ideas in Grand Rapids

No date night rut for you! This curated list will lead you to 100+ fun and adventurous West Michigan date night ideas.

From outdoor activities to indoor adventures, escape rooms to cooking experiences, Grand Rapids has something for every interest.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic anniversary date or a fun double date, we’ve got you covered.

Just add food: pair your date idea with one of the best Grand Rapids restaurants and get ready for a night filled with excitement and laughter!
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Grand Rapids Date Night Ideas

Battle GR Tactical Games

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284 Dodge NE Suite 100, Comstock Park, MI 4932

BattleGR is a fully immersive, hands-on experience where it feels like you have endless options for action.

Try laser tag, axe throwing, or basketball or watch your friends play while you enjoy a craft beer or mixed drink from their concessions.

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Comedy Date Night Ideas

Chuckle & Cheer at Dr. Grin’s

20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Weekends are for laughing at Dr. Grin’s in The B.O.B.!
Catch live stand-up comedy performances Thursday through Sunday for good times and great humor.

Find an Improv Show

River City Improv: 123 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Pop Scholars: 1130 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Enjoy fast-paced, clever improv comedy with the River City Improv team on select Saturday nights at Midtown at Studio Park (formerly Listening Room). You can also swing by the Wealthy Theatre when Pop Scholars is on-stage for your next date night.

Performing Arts Date Night Ideas

Michigan’s Only Pro Ballet Co.

341 Ellsworth Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Grand Rapids Ballet brings you top-notch ballet performances! Founded in 1970, this Michigan-based company wows audiences with a mix of classic and contemporary pieces. Dance and music come together to create a memorable evening. Perfect romantic date night idea!

Enjoy Local Theatre

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre: 30 Division Ave N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre puts on a wide range of shows every season.

Live performance at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Savor the Power of Music and Drama at the Opera

Opera Grand Rapids: 1320 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
Celebration North: 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Be moved through music, drama, and story: Visit Opera Grand Rapids and take in intimate performances or watch world-class performances on screen as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts live in HD at Celebration Cinema North.

Grand Rapids Symphony

Soak up the classical sounds of the Grand Rapids Symphony all year long. With popular themes like Harry Potter, these shows are anything but sleepers. Summer concerts, the Picnic Pops, are often held outdoors at Cannonsburg.

Broadway Grand Rapids

DeVos Performance Hall: 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Experience the thrill of Broadway Grand Rapids! From musicals to plays, enjoy live theater performances featuring talented actors, singers and dancers.

Unforgettable date night performances in 2023 are Stomp and My Fair Lady.

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Hairspray – a past Broadway Grand Rapids feature

Go Niche – Visit a Community or Specialty Theatre

Master Arts Theatre: 75 77th Street SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49548
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center: 600 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Circle Theatre: 1703 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

The student-run Circle Theatre at Aquinas College puts on musicals, plays, and original works in an intimate setting.
Watch Christian artists perform live at the Master Arts Theatre in Cutlerville.
Check the calendar at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center for touring concerts, theater productions, and dance performances.

Live Music Date Nights

Music at Midtown

123 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Formerly known as the Listening Room, Midtown is the place if you’re looking for an intimate date night music setting. The venue’s lounge feel, upscale club vibes, and small-scale setting set the mood for listening to your favorite singer.

See Who’s Playing at GLC Live

11 Ottawa Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Party nights, club bands, and a steady stream of artists keep the good times rolling at GLC Live. Just a stone’s throw from the B.O.B. and the Van Andel Arena, this is one venue that doesn’t sleep.

… or the Intersection

133 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

An icon in the GR music scene, The Intersection is where you go for emerging artists and big names that like the smaller venue experience. A huge variety of live music is on offer here, putting their four stages to good use.

Go Big at the VanAndel

130 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

You know you’ve made it if you are headlining the VanAndel. Rock out to some of the best national and international musicians live at a concert at VanAndel Arena.

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Live Music at the Van Andel Arena

Chill at a Local Bar

Billy’s Lounge: 1437 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Bobarino’s: 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Enjoy a live music date night at Billy’s Lounge. Although rooted in the Blues, all genres of music can typically be found here.

Or, if you’re into the old warehouse vibe, Bobarino’s is your place. This 2nd floor bar/music venue also sports a rooftop deck and is famous for their wood-fired pizzas.

Jazz

The West Michigan Jazz Society boasts a calendar featuring acts daily all across Grand Rapids throughout the entire year.

Name that Tune – Dueling Pianos Style

Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar: 180 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Sweet Caroline! Sing and dance along with dueling pianos at Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar. Come with your song requests and get ready to be part of the fun – the sidelines aren’t an option at this date night locale.

Date Nights Ideas for the Summer

Summer Concerts

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Pack a picnic basket and head to Frederik Meijer Gardens for one of their Tuesday Evening Music Club events in July and August.

Or pick up tickets to one of the concerts included in their Summer Concert Series and enjoy great sounds in their intimate outdoor venue.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series
Concert at Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

Movies & Music in the Park

Find Outdoor Concerts and Movies in the Park all summer long for an affordable date night.

Outdoor Concerts at Wildwood Farms

7970 Snow Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302

“Between the Silos” at Wildwood Farms kicks off their monthly series with a Cinco De Mayo concert.

Play Putt Putt & Get Ice Cream

Go old school and find a putt putt golf course around Grand Rapids to play a round of miniature golf. Afterwards, visit an area ice cream shop. Bonus: some of them have putt putt on-site!

Play a Round of Disc Golf

Brewer Park: 399 84th St SE, Byron Center, MI 49315
Riverside Park: 2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Earl W. Brewer Park and Riverside Park, are just two of the many disc golf courses located in and around Grand Rapids.

Go Kayaking

AAA Canoe Rental: 18 S Squires St, Rockford MI 49341
Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus: 1200 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Date night doesn’t have to be in the evening. Day dates are fabulous when you canoe or Kayak one of West Michigan’s many lakes and rivers. 

In addition to canoes and kayaks, AAA Canoe Rental in Rockford offers tubes and Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus rents by the day, weekend or even week!

Try SUP Boarding

Millennium Park: 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534
Macatawa Boat House: 2136-2174 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424

You can rent SUP (stand up paddling) boards at Millennium Park in the city or check out Macatawa Boat House in Holland.

Explore New Depths

5300 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Be dive buddies. Moby’s Dive Shop welcomes all divers with equipment to Versluis Lake during their open hours.

Practice Your Batting

4400 Ball Park Drive, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Hit the batting cages at AJ’s Family Fun Center.

Go for a Picnic

801 Fairview NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Visit Lookout Park for a great view of the city on date night or check this map for a list of parks throughout West Michigan.

Hang Your Hammock

Lay back, relax and go hammocking at one of the many places around Grand Rapids.

Winter-Themed Date Night Ideas

Make it a Skate Date

Rosa Parks Circle: 135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Perfect your ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle or one of the other outdoor ice skating rinks around Michigan.

Go Downhill Skiing

6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306

Hit the slopes at Cannonsburg Ski Area or day trip it to Crystal Mountain.

Outdoorsy Date Ideas for Grand Rapids

Explore Lake Michigan

Saugatuck Dunes State Park: 6575 Ave, Holland MI 49423

Enjoy the beachhike the dunes, or just take in the views on date night.

We think Saugatuck Dunes State Park is the perfect mix of all three, with winding pathways through pine groves to the pristine Lake Michigan shoreline. Bonus – it’s off the beaten path so you’ll likely have the place to yourself in cooler weather.

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Approaching Lake Michigan at Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Cruise the Grand River

825 Taylor St, Jenison, MI 49428

Hop aboard the Grand Lady Riverboat in Jenison and cruise down the Grand River.

Bike the Trails

Go Mountain Biking. If single track is a bit much for you, head to one of the area’s paved trails instead.

Visit an Orchard

Ed Dunneback and Girls: 73025 6 Mile Road, Grand Rapids MI 49544

Hit up the Grand Rapids Fall Fun Guide and to find a local orchard worth a visit or point your GPS to Ed Dunneback Farms.

This local farm is more than an apple and cider stop in the fall. With the addition of Pink Barrel Cellars, this agricultural operation has become a foot-tapping, food-serving destination open all year long.

We recommend heading there for a live music or trivia date night ASAP. And be sure to try the hard cider and pickle pizza!

Ed Dunneback Farms Outdoor Concerts
Live Music at Ed Dunneback Farms (with Pink Barrel Cellars)

Get into Nature

Blandford Nature Center: 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Howard Christensen: 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City, MI 49330
Wittenbach / Wege Center: 11715 Vergennes, Lowell, MI 49331

BlandfordHoward Christensen and the Wittenbach/Wege Center all offer great learning opportunities and beautiful grounds, year round.

Blandford Nature Center has beautiful trails year round

Explore an Urban Trail

Lace up and bike, hike, snowshoe or blade one of GR’s many awesome urban trails! The Paul Henry/Thornapple, Kent Trails, and White Pines trails are a few favorites.

Reel in a Big One

Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company: 8460 Algoma Ave NE, Suite E & F, Rockford, MI 49341
Evolution Charters: 1 Grand Isle Drive, Slip A34, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Find a local watering hole and go fishing! Bring your own gear, or try the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company.

If you’re looking for more adventure, book a charter sport fishing trip on the lakeshore through Evolution Charters.

Nerdy Date Ideas

Neighborhood History

Garfield Lodge: 334 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Experience some of GR’s little known historical treasures on date night, including Gerald R. Ford’s boyhood home, on the Historic Walking Tour of the Garfield Park Area.

Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright Home

450 Madison Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Walk through the beautiful Meyer May House in downtown Grand Rapids and admire the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, during one of the FREE tours. Select times/dates.

Artful Masterpieces

101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Enjoy art after dark from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM during Meijer Free Thursday Nights at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Be a Bookworm

Schuler Books: 2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Cozy up at the café fireplace at Schuler Books and tuck into one of the great reads found here.

More great local book seller stops include Argos Book ShopBooks & Mortar, and epilogue books.
(Most offer events and book clubs to further indulge your inner bookworm.)Schuler Books
Get lost in the stacks at Schuler Books

Nerd out on the History of the Amway Grand Hotel

187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Stop by the concierge desk and pick up a brochure for a free self-guided tour of GR’s most famous historic hotel, the Amway Grand.

Yummy Date Ideas

Grab a Snack

Sweetland Candies: 5170 Plainfield Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Mosby’s Popcorn: 15 Ionia Ave SW Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Koeze Gourmet Nuts, 2577 Burlingame Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509

Just need a little something to eat? Make your way to Sweetland CandiesMosby’s Popcorn, or Koeze Gourmet Nuts, three of Grand Rapid’s finest shops.

Dine on a Restaurant

See the city in a new way as you enjoy your date night meal from a rooftop.

Dine on the rooftop at MDRD

Check Out a New Restaurant

In a scene as bustling as Grand Rapids, there is always a new restaurant opening somewhere.

(Get a full list of Grand Rapids Date Night Restaurants – with a map – here.)

Shop to Indulge Your Inner Foodie

Downtown Market: 435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Horrocks Market: 4455 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
Martha’s Vineyard: 200 Union Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Fulton Street Farmer’s Market: 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Take a trip to a specialty food shop for your next date night? Why not!

This date night idea not only lets you try new things, it can also be an excuse to splurge on something you’d normally pass up.

Horrocks Market is a popular place for a date, with their deli & pizza counter, outdoor beer garden and unique grocery shopping.

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Horrocks Beer Garden in the Winter

At the Downtown Market, you can not only shop for hard-to-find items, but also taste, listen, smell and learn about the goods it has to offer.

Martha’s Vineyard is another oft-recommend food haunt. The cozy wine merchant/gourmet grocer is renowned for their dessert selection, knowledgeable staff, and robust. They’ll gladly help you pick just the right items for your next picnic or wine to go with your romantic dinner.

Another date night idea: shop for ingredients among the fresh, local produce an area Farmer’s Market. The Fulton Street Farmers Market is always a winner for this.

Grab a Cup of Coffee

Scorpion Hearts Club: 1035 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

The Grand Rapids are is brimming with locally-owned coffee shops.

Scorpion Hearts Club (formerly Sparrows) gets our vote because they roast their own coffee, have divine specialty drinks and the ambiance is just what you were hoping for.
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Settle in at Scorpion Hearts Club Coffee Shop on Wealthy SE

More favorite java date stops: Lantern Coffee Bar & LoungeMadCap, and Ferris Coffee & Nut.

Or Plan a Just-Dessert Date Night

Sweet treats are hiding all over Grand Rapids.

ICE CREAM
For a special frozen treat, head to Furniture City Creamery, Jersey Junction, or Love’s.

BAKED GOODS
Try CakabakerySugar Mommas or Sweetie-licious.

CHOCOLATES
Pick up some hand crafted chocolates at Mokaya, order the obvious at The Cheesecake Factory or go gourmet at La Dolce Vita.

Romantic Date Night Ideas

Sign up for a Couple’s Massage or Spa

Ethos Day Spa: 1035 Spaulding Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Woodhouse Spa:  2060 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Rejuvenate and unwind with a service from a Self-Care Spa.

We like Ethos Day Spa for their outstanding service and amenities, like the outdoor hot tub, fire pit, and steam room.

More favorite places offering couples massage include Design One and Woodhouse Spa.

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Enjoy the outdoor hot tub at Ethos Day Spa after a couples massage

Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Classic Carriages is one of several companies that offers downtown carriage rides and tours on Friday and Saturday evenings

Fly Over the City

Helicopter rides are a thing in Grand Rapids – how romantic! My Flight Tours operates in our city and will take you and your date airborne for epic city views.

Go Dancing

Ballroom: Foxtrot, waltz, tango and more as you sweep through one of the nearby Arthur Murray studios.

Line danceThe Back Forty Saloon, located in the heart of GR, is a fantastic spot or check out Twisted Bull or The Pipeline Smokehouse.

Swing: Join the Grand Rapids Swing Society and learn to swing dance on date night! Lessons are held every Tuesday night year round and rotate between venues like GRPM, The Lit and Rosa Parks Circle.

Dine at a Romantic Restaurant

Dress up and be fancy – Find a list of favorite date night restaurants here.

Star Gaze

3308 Kissing Rock Ave SE, Lowell, MI 49331

The telescopes at the Veen Observatory in Lowell are open to the public select Saturdays of the month, April through October, when skies are clear.

Take a Class or Make Something Together

Dance Lessons

2483 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

Catch one of Moveir Dance Studio open dance classes in Wyoming, offering couples dance lessons and west coast swing. 

Yoga

Re-connect with your inner selves together at a yoga class. Some favorite yoga studios to visit include The Funky Buddha and Twisted Hot Yoga.

Follow along Painting

Brush Studio: 50 Louis NW, Ste 102, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Painting with a Twist: 3233 Alpine Avenue NW , Suite B, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Join in on an guided painting session at Brush Studio or Painting with a Twist

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Painting at Brush Studio in Downtown Grand Rapids

Or get creative while having a cocktail with Wine & Canvas hosted at either their local studio or at restaurants throughout West Michigan.

Or Make Pottery

The Mud Room: 1971 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Paint a Pot: 390 E 8th St, Holland, MI 49423
Pottery Lane: 401 Hall St SW b128, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Paint pottery, take a class on wheel throwing, paint wood signs, and more together at one of our local art studios.

The Mud Room’s Drop in Studio makes planning a date night visit easy.
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Learn to use the Potter’s Wheel at the Mud Room

If you’re on the Lakeshore, Paint a Pot is a good option.
Pottery Lane offers clay classes, pottery wheel and ceramics in their downtown GR studio.

Take a Cooking Class

Local Epicurian: 1440 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Spice up your life with a cooking class at favorite restaurant. Some favorites include Local Epicurian and Tamara’s Cooking Classes.

The Downtown Market has couples classes that include instruction, drinks and a full course menu.

Or take one of the classes offered by Artisan of Grand Haven, Brown Butter Crepes, or learned to make a favor drink at San Chez.

Aroma Labs

76 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Create your own fragrance at the Aroma Labs. Product options include body oil, beard oil and room misters.

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Make Candles

1423 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Mix your favorite scents to create your own candles on date night at Wax Poetic.

Make a Unique Project

3901 Chicago Dr SW, Suite 109, Grandville MI 49418

Exercise your creativity at Hammer & Stain with their many unique project options like signs, corn hole games, and even simple furniture projects.

Let’s Play Games Date Night Ideas

Get in on Trivia

Compete with others in team trivia for your chance to win cash and prizes. You can find events at numerous locations around Grand Rapids, most every night of the week!

Play Board Games

404 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Have a drink and roll the dice at House Rules Lounge. They have a huge board game library to choose from and a full bar, including wine, cocktails & over 20 draft beers. Reservations needed for this date night event.

Fowling

6797 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Part bowling and part football, fowling is all kinds of fun. Learn how to play Fowling Warehouse.

Axe Throwing

FlanellJax’s: 601 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
BattleGR: 284 Dodge C, NE Ste 100, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Get in touch with your inner lumberjack and try axe-throwing at BattleGR. Their lanes are set up with digital gaming and their safety features are on point. Plus they’ve got an extensive bar for date night drinks.
Participant doing Axe Throwing at BattleGR
BattleGR Axe Throwing

Axe throwing is also offered at FlanellJax’s.

Escape Room

The Great Escape Room: 233 Fulton St E #211, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Ruse: 25 Division Avenue South, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Hunt for clues and solve puzzles in an attempt to escape one of The Great Escape RoomThe Ruse, or Grand Rapids Escape’s themed rooms in 60 minutes!

Go for the Glow at Great Lakes Glow Golf

494 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Great Lakes Glow Golf features glow mini golf, Aurora glow bowling, an arcade and more!
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Aurora Bowl

Arcade

3660 28th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

Pretend you’re a kid again on your next date night, playing one of many of the arcade games available at Dave & Buster’s

Pinball

Pinball Land: 114 Courtland Street, Rockford, MI 49341
Retro Electric Arcade: 2163 W. Main Street, Lowell MI 49331

Pinball your game? Head to Pinball Land instead, where you’ll find 50+ machines — and no quarters needed.


Retro Electric Arcade in Lowell has a similar concept.

Knock Down the Pins

533 Stocking Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Go bowling! Grand Rapids has many centers available, including the unique, bi-level Clique Lanes.

Step Into Virtual Reality

2923 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Explore new worlds and take risks that you normally wouldn’t (like flying around with jetpacks? ) in a massive variety of of games at Amped Virtual Reality.

amped virtual reality grandtastic best of indoor play

Laser Tag

BAM!: 478 E 16th St, Holland, MI 49423
The Lost City: 12330 James St.,  Holland, MI 49424

Compete in a friendly game of laser tag at BAM! Entertainment Center or The Lost City.

Craig’s Cruisers

5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

Ride go-carts, play mini-golf or try the ninja course without the kids (okay, your kids) at Craig’s Cruisers.
Craigs Cruisers Grand Rapids

Exploration Date Night Ideas

Check Out a New Town

Take a drive and then mosey through one of West Michigan’s great small towns – HollandLowellSaugatuckRockfordGrand Haven or Hastings, just to name a few.

Segway or Scooter

231 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Segway Tours of Grand Rapids offers guided rides through the town, highlighting local hot spots.

Or, DIY your own tour on one of the city’s scooters.
Downtown Grand Rapids - Electric Scooter

Explore a Neighborhood

126 College SE, Grand Rapids, MI 4950

Take a self-guided walking tour of Heritage Hill and learn about 37 of the district’s architectural beauties!

Tag Tour

Take a walking tour when you download an app like GR Walks or use any QR Reader to take a tag tour.

Scavenger Hunt

Explore the city with a scavenger hunt. You can play a date night hunt on Let’s Roam.

Mural Tour

Grand Rapids is home to hundreds of murals.
Find dazzling pieces of street art on the Grand Rapids Mural Tour.

Libation-Themed Date Night Ideas

Try the Samples Date

200 Union Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

JStop by Martha’s Vineyard every Friday from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM for in-store samples of their finest wine, beer, cheeses and baked goods.

Wine (or Mead) Tasting

Cascade WineryRobinette’s, and Cherry Republic offer a large variety of Michigan-made wines and ciders in their showroom.

You can also visit the tasting rooms at Cooper’s HawkSquibb Coffee & Wine Bar, and Horrock’s.

For something out of the ordinary check out the tasting room at Arktos Meadery on your next date night.

robinette's wine tasting room
Robinette’s tasting room is open whenever the buildng is open

Brewery Hop

514 Bond Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Discover why GR was named Beer City USA. Follow this awesome map on your own or pedal your way around on the Great Lakes Pub Cruiser.

Beer Tour

Founders: 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Take a craft beer tour at one of our local breweries, including Founders Brewing Co. and Brewery Vivant, or hop aboard a Grand Rapids Beer Tour and visit a variety of locations.

Long Road Distillery Classes & Tours

537 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Learn about the distilling process and the principles behind it a tour at Long Road Distillery.
Or book one of their cocktail classes – they come in a variety of flavors!
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Touring Long Road Distillery in Grand Rapids

Niche Date Nights Ideas

Play the Slots

1123 129th Ave, Wayland, MI 49348

Take a gamble at Gun Lake Casino while catching some live shows on date night.

Uncover Old-Time Treasures

Century Antiques and Lost & Found: 445 Century Street #4, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Elevated: 1750 Clyde Park Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509

Some of our favorite antiques shops to explore are Elevated, Century Antiques, and Lost & Found GR.

Vinyl

Vertigo Music, 129 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The Corner Record Shop: 2982 28th St SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Flip through some vinyl at Dodd’s Record ShopVertigo MusicThe Corner Record Shop or Scorpion Hearts Club.

Local Artisans

Lions + Rabbits: 942 Barnum St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Jenison Artisan Market: 7640 Riverview Drive, Jenison, MI 49428

Shop at a First Friday MarketLions + Rabbits, or the Jenison Artisan Market.

Shooting

Barracks 616: 5740 Foremost Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Silver Bullet: 5121 Division Ave. South, Wyoming, MI 49548

Release some steam at the shooting range. Barracks 616 or Silver Bullet both rent out firing lanes and the firearms to go with them!

Savor the Tulips

1 Lincoln Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

Stop and smell the flowers at the Windmill Island Gardens in Holland for a sweet date night.
Windmill Island Gardens in Holland Michigan

Dates for Couples Who Love Movies

Classic Movie Theater Experience

Catch a flick at one of West Michigan’s many cinemas, including Sperry’s Moviehouse,  Celebration CinemasAMC and Goodrich. A popular date night destination is Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids, where every seat is a heated recliner.

Drive-In Movies

Feel like a teenager again at a drive-in movie. There are many drive-ins across Michigan, but our local favorite is the Getty Drive-In in Musekgon.

Muskegon Getty Drive-In Movie Theater

Catch a Cult Classic

1130 Wealthy St, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Watch your favorite cult classic films at Wealthy Theatre.

Munch While You Watch

84 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423

The Sperry’s Moviehouse in Holland is perfect for a date night!

With comfy seats, a huge screen, fantastic sound, and unique snacks like cheese curds and fried pickles, it’s easy to have a great time.

Dates for Couples Who Love to Watch Sports

Roller Derby

2100 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Watch roller derby in action as the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls speed around the rink at MSA Woodland in Grand Rapids.

Grand Raggidy Roller Derby – Jack Kunnen photography

Racing

2060 Berlin Fair Drive, Marne, MI 49435

Cheer on fast cars at the Berlin Raceway.

College Sports

Grab tickets to a college event: CalvinHopeGVSUAquinas and Davenport all compete nearby.

Local Sports Teams

The local sports team are unrivaled with the Whitecaps (baseball), Griffins (hockey) or Gold (formerly Drive) (basketball).

Dates for Couples Who Love to Play Sports

Golf

Take advantage of Grand Rapids greens and go golfing. Indian Trails and Maple Hill Golf are great nearby options.

Pickleball

Challenge each other to a game of pickleball on date night. No, it’s not just for “old people.”

Horseback Riding

Karin’s Horse Connection: 8001 Patterson Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316
Stony Lake Stables: 4345 South 44th Avenue, New Era, MI 49446

Take a horseback riding class at Karin’s Horse Connection or ride the trails at Stony Lake Stables (amazing place, about an hour north of GR).

Rock Climbing

Inside Moves: 639 76th St SW # 1, Byron Center, MI 49315
Higher Grounds: 851 Bond Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Inside Moves and Higher Grounds both have great packages available for rookies and experts alike.

See how high you can climb at Inside Moves

Ropes Courses & Zip Lines

Treetops Adventure Park: 2121 Celebration Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
John Ball Zoo: 1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Traverse through the trees on ropes courses & zip lines at Treetops Adventure Park or the John Ball Zoo.

Roller Skate

Tarry Hall: 3330 Fairlanes Ave., Grandville MI, 49418
GR Skate and Event Center: 14 52nd St. SE, Kentwood, MI 49548

Tarry Hall and GR Skate and Event Center (formerly Kentwood Fun Spot) both host Adult Night on Thursday evenings.

Paintball

2070 Waldorf St NW, Walker, Michigan 49544

Play a game of paintball at T.C. Paintball.

Pool, Anyone?

1339 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

Shoot some pool at one of our many local restaurants on date night or try out Anazeh Sands.

Drive Go-Karts

8455 Byron Commerce Dr SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Find out who is the fastest when you get behind the wheel of a supercharged go-kart at Grand Prix Grand Rapids.

Have Fun!

The perfect date night is waiting – the hardest part will be picking your faves from this mega list.

But don’t worry – you can return to this list again and again with your sweethaeart. Date nights shouldn’t just be a once-in-a-while thing!

Map of Date Night Ideas

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9 thoughts on “The Mega List: 104 Fun Date Night Ideas for Your Next Night Out”

  1. Marriage is built on friendship and date nights are a way to maintain that over time. You can communicate without distractions. You can focus on each other, not your jobs, children, house, extended family, etc. Ask your spouse about their emotions, dreams, thoughts, aspirations, disappointments, and joys. Having time together at least once a week has shown that you will be at least three times as happy with your marriage.

  2. Thanks for the list – going to put it to use tonight! We’re just leaving Blandford Nature Center. What a great place – trails, native wildlife, an organic farm…..and they have fun programs, too. We’re members and we love it!

  3. I found that the Alaskan Pipeline in West Olive Is a GREAT place with some good food.. Have Dinner and then get free line dancing lessons at 7PM. Then you can enjoy what you learned with some good drink specials!!!

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