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Grand Rapids Date Night Ideas are Everywhere!

Whether you have a hard time getting away, or you have a regularly scheduled date night, sometimes coming up with something to do that night is difficult.

We’re here to save you!  Grab lunch or dinner at one of West Michigan’s top Date Night Dining locations by following the link HERE and then choose an adventure from below.

The Mega List – 101 Ideas for Your Next Grand Rapids Date Night

WATCH

01 | Laugh together while taking in a COMEDY SHOW at Dr. Grin’s in The B.O.B. Performances run Thursday – Saturday.

02 | Enjoy fast-paced, clever IMPROV COMEDY with the River City Improv team on select Saturday nights at the Masonic Temple, or swing by the Wealthy Theatre when Pop Scholars is on-stage.

03 | Watch anything from COMEDY, to IMPROV to SHAKESPEARE at the Dog Story Theater.

04 | Solve the case at a MURDER MYSTERY DINNER SHOW! The Murder Mystery Company hosts weekend events at Pietro’s in Grand Rapids.

05 | Enjoy LOCAL THEATRE at the Civic Theatre. Upcoming shows include Ragtime the Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

06 | Experience the magic of DANCE at the Grand Rapids Ballet.

07 | 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 at Celebration Cinema North.

08 | Watch as Christian artists perform the ARTS ON STAGE at the Master Arts Theatre in Cutlerville.

09 | Take in TOURING BROADWAY SHOWS at the DeVos Performance Hall via Broadway Grand Rapids. Upcoming performances include The Sound of Music, Rent, Motown the Musical and the ultimate date night show, Dirty Dancing!

10 | Watch your favorite CULT CLASSIC at the Wealthy Theatre. While there, Community Media Center members can take advantage of the only brew-in-view in GR and purchase beer, wine or a mixed drink to enjoy during the show. Memberships begin at $12.

11 | Go back in time and enjoy a DRIVE IN MOVIE at the Getty in Muskegon or Danny Boy’s in Ionia. Shows typically run from April to October.

12 | Catch a MOVIE IN THE PARK. Many local municipalities host these free events, including East Grand Rapids. Find a list of locations in our Guide to Outdoor Concerts and Movies in the Park.

13 | Check out one of West Michigan’s many cinemas, including Celebration Cinemas, AMC and Goodrich, and go to the MOVIES. If you’re getting dinner first, consider the Melting Pot special, Fondue and a Show, that includes a 3-course meal, and movie passes to any Celebration Cinema!

14 | See festival award winning INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN and DOCUMENTARY MOVIES at the UICA. Multiple shows are scheduled every Tuesday through Sunday.

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LISTEN

15 | Check out Grand Rapids NEWEST HOME FOR MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT, 20 Monroe Live!

16| Enjoy LIVE MUSIC at Billy’s Lounge. Although rooted in the Blues, performances from all genres can be found all week long.

17 | Soak in the CLASSICAL sounds of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Performances are scheduled all year long, including the popular Picnic Pops which runs every Thursday and Friday in July and August.

18 | Rock out to some of the best LOCAL AND NATIONAL MUSICIANS, including the regularly appearing 80s COVER BAND Mega 80’s, live at the Intersection! Or go big with a concert at the Van Andel Arena.

19 | Warm up with live CLASSICAL MUSIC performances at the GRAM every Sunday at 2 pm throughout the fall and winter.

20 | Sing along with DUELING PIANOS at Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar or stop in Bobarino’s, where Dueling Pianos is the feature act every Friday and Saturday night.

21 | JAZZ it up. The West Michigan Jazz Society boasts a calendar featuring acts daily all across GR all year long, including Jazz in the Park on Mondays evenings from June to August.

22 | Pack and picnic basket and head to Frederik Meijer Gardens for one of their Tuesday Evening Music Club OUTDOOR CONCERTS held each 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.

23 | Stop by the DeltaPlex for some SUMMERTIME BLUES! These FREE performances are brought to Grand Rapids each summer by Classic Rock 97LAV.

24 | Find MUSIC IN THE PARK all summer long. Find a great list of locations in our Guide to Outdoor Concerts and Movies in the Park.

DANCE

25 | Catch one of Moveir Dance Studio OPEN DANCE CLASSES in Wyoming, offered most Monday and Saturday nights.

26 | Explore the exciting world of SALSA with Sergio and Cecilia every Saturday night at Pietro’s.

27 | Slap on your boots and go LINE DANCING! The Back Forty Saloon, located in the heart of GR, offers lessons and great music on Thursdays and Fridays. Or check out Twisted Bull or The Pipeline Smokehouse, on Thursdays.

28 | Join the Grand Rapids Swing Society and learn to SWING DANCE! Lessons are held every Tuesday night. Winter dances rotate between the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Masonic Temple, while during warmer weather you can find them at Rosa Parks Circle.

RELAX

29 | Enjoy ART AFTER DARK from 5:00-9:00 during Meijer Free Thursday Nights at the GRAM.

30 | Find your inner peace through YOGA. Start out gently at the Cascade Yoga Studio or sweat it out at the Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse.

31 | Rejuvenate with a COUPLES MASSAGE at a local spa such as Design One, The Crown Jewel.

32 | Take a DRIVE and explore one of West Michigan’s great small towns – Holland, Lowell, Saugatuck, Rockford, Grand Haven, or Hastings just to name a few.

33 | Stop and smell the FLOWERS at the Windmill Island Gardens in Holland.

34 | Visit one of our many great BOOKSTORES. In addition to goodreads, Schuler Books offers a variety of programs including game nights, author talks and more! Other local favorites include Argos Book Shop, Baker Book House and the adorable Books & Mortar.

35 | Stroll through HISTORY at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

EXPLORE

36 | Make the trip west and explore the beauty of LAKE MICHIGAN. Enjoy the beach, hike the dunes, or just take in the views.

37 | Take a stroll a enjoy NATURE and ART in harmony at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

38 | STAR WATCH at the the Veen Observatory in Lowell. The telescopes are open to the public on the 2nd and last Saturdays of the month, April through October, when skies are clear.

39 | Go GEOCACHING or LETTERBOXING! Free and easy, both can lead to quite an outdoor adventure.

40 | CRUISE the Grand River on board the Grand Lady Riverboat in Jenison, or ride the waves of Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan on the Port City Princess Cruise Boat.

41 | 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 lake-shore through Evolution Charters instead.

42 | Check out our Gigantic Grand Rapids Fall Fun Guide and visit a local ORCHARD.

43 | Peruse an ANTIQUES shop. Century Antiques, Lost & Found GR, Eastown Antiques and Bluedoor GR are all great options and full of vintage finds.

44 | Flip through old RECORD ALBUMS at Dodd’s Record Shop and Vertigo Music.

45 | Summertime? Visit the LOCAL ARTISANS at the Fulton Street Artisans Market every Sunday, June-September or at the First Friday Market, every first Friday of the month, June-August.

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TOUR

46 | Walk through the beautiful Meyer May House, and admire the work of architect FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, during one of the FREE tours.

47 | Stop by the concierge desk and pick up a free SELF-GUIDED TOUR brochure at GR’s most famous historic hotel, the Amway Grand.

48 | Enjoy the sites of Grand Rapids via a SEGWAY. Segway Tours of Grand Rapids offer guided rides through the town, highlighting local hot spots.

49 | Take a self-guided walking tour of HERITAGE HILL and learn about 37 of the district’s architectural beauties!

50 | Download the free app, GR Walks, and take a WALKING TOUR of your town!

51 | Experience some of GR’s little known HISTORICAL TREASURES, including Gerald R. Ford’s boyhood home, on the Historic Walking Tour of the Garfield Park Area.

52 | Take in the sites of the city in a HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE. Classic Carriages offer downtown rides and tours on Friday and Saturday evenings.

53 | Take a CRAFT BEER TOUR at one of our local breweries, including Founders Brewing Co., Brewery Vivant, Schmohz, or hop aboard a Grand Rapids Beer Tour and visit a variety of locations.

54 | Learn about the DISTILLING PROCESS and the principals behind it on a Long Road Distillers tour.

TASTE

55 | Have a PICNIC in the park. Try Lookout Park for a great view of GR, or check this map for a list of all parks in Grand Rapids.

56 | Try a ‘grown-up’ RESTAURANT. Find a list of reader favorites here.

57 | In the mood for a SNACK? Be sure to make your way to Sweetland Candies, Grand Rapids Popcorn or Koeze Gourmet Nuts, three of GR’s finest shops.

58 | Experience the magic of the Downtown Market, where you can not only shop, but also taste, listen, smell and learn about the FRESH GOODS it has to offer. Or peruse a local Farmer’s Market.

59 | Find a cute shop and enjoy COFFEE together. Some favorites include, Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge, West Coast Coffee, MadCap, and Ferris Coffee & Nut.

60 | Indulge in DESSERT. For ice cream, head to Furniture City Creamery, Spoonlickers, Pinkie’s or Love’s. Try Cakabakery, Sugar Mommas or Sweetie-licious for baked goods. And…for something a little more ‘mature’, try the ‘Forbidden Apple’ at the Lumber Baron Bar or go gourmet at La Dolce Vita dessert and cigar lounge.

61 | Join Martha’s Vineyard every Friday and Saturday from noon – 8:00 PM for in-store SAMPLES of their finest wine, beer, cheeses and baked goods.

62 | Go WINE TASTING. Cascade Winery and Robinette’s both offer a large variety of Michigan-made wines and ciders in their showroom. Or join Reserve for their Monthly Wine Tastings.

63 | Discover why GR was named Beer City USA and go BREWERY HOPPING. Follow this awesome map on your own, hop aboard the Beer City Runner, or pedal your way around on the Great Lakes Pub Cruiser.

COOK

64 | Spice up your life with a COOKING CLASS. Amore Trattoria Italiana offers free classes on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Or take one of the many classes offered by Sur la Table, Tamara’s Cooking Classes, Culinary Expedition or Stir the Pot GR.

65 | Learn to MAKE PASTA, CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES, CHEESE and so much more at the Local Epicurian.

66 | Visit the Downtown Market and get HANDS ON with your food. Couples classes are available and include instruction, drinks and a full course menu.

CREATE

67 | Join in on an OPEN PAINTING session at Brush Studio, Arts Carafes Studio, Bamboo Studios, Painting with a Twist or Tulip City Panache. Or get creative with having a cocktail with Wine & Canvas or Paint Nite, both currently hosted at restaurants throughout West Michigan.

68 | PAINT POTTERY or WOOD SIGNS together at one of our local studios including The Mud Room and Paint a Pot.

69 | Exercise your CREATIVITY using GR Makers‘ broad range of tools, or take a unique class.

70 | Grab a glass of wine and let your artistic side flow after hours at the GRAM at Creativity Uncorked.

CHEER

71 | Catch a local SPORTING EVENT with the Whitecaps, Griffins, Drive or the GRFC!

72 | Watch ROLLER DERBY in action as the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls speed around the rink at Rivertown Sports in Grandville.

73 | Cheer on FAST CARS at the Berlin Raceway.

74 | Get tickets to a COLLEGE GAME. Calvin, Hope, GVSU, Aquinas and Davenport all compete nearby.

MOVE

75 | Go MOUNTAIN BIKING. If 2-tracking it too much for you, head to one of the area’s paved trails instead.

76 | CANOE or KAYAK one of West Michigan’s many lakes and rivers. GR Paddling offers Paddel & Dine trips at various locations around GR. 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!

77 | Try SUP BOARDING (Stand Up Paddling). The Outpost in Holland rents boards and provides lessons.

78 | Be DIVE BUDDIES. Moby’s Dive Shop welcomes all divers with equipment to Versluis Lake during their open hours.

79 | Take advantage of Grand Rapids greens and go GOLFING. Experience GR has a great list of local courses to choose from.

80 | Challenge each other to a game of TENNIS, or try your hand at PICKLEBALL; Belknap Park offers free lessons on Saturday mornings.

81 | Go HORSEBACK RIDING! Karin’s Horse Connection and the Rainbow Ranch (which is wonderful, but a little further away) offer unique riding experiences for all ages.

82 | Try your hand at ROCK CLIMBING. Inside Moves and Higher Grounds both have great packages available for rookies and experts alike.

83 | Traverse through the trees on ROPES COURSES and ZIP LINES at Treetops Adventure Park or the John Ball Zoo.

84 | JUMP AROUND (jump, jump, jump) at a local trampoline park. Skyzone, Rebounderz and AirTime all have locations in West Michigan.

85 | Enjoy an event, or just hike the trails, at a local NATURE CENTER. Blandford, Howard Christensen and the Wittenbach/Wege Center all offer great learning opportunities and beautiful grounds, year round.

86 | 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.

87 | Cool down while ICE SKATING at one of the many rinks listed in our Winter Outdoor Play Guide.

88 | Snowy day? Hit the slopes at Cannonsburg or Crystal Mountain and DOWNHILL SKI.

PLAY

89 | Pretend you’re a kid again, playing one of many the GAMES available at Dave & Buster’s. Pinball your game? Head to The Pyramid Scheme instead, where you’ll find 24 different machines!

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

91 | Compete in a friendly game of LASER TAG at BAM! Entertainment Center, The Lost City or Battle GR

92 | Play a game of PAINTBALL at T.C. Paintball.

93 | Grab a frisbee and try DISC GOLF. Earl W. Brewer Park and Riverside Park, are just 2 of the many courses located in and around Grand Rapids.

94 | Hunt for clues and solve puzzles in an attempt to ESCAPE one of The Great Escape Room , The Ruse, or Escape Michigan’s themed rooms in 60 minutes!

95 | Hit the BATTING CAGES at AJ’s Family Fun Center.

96 | Release some steam at the SHOOTING RANGE. Barracks 616 or Silver Bullet both rent out firing lanes and the firearms to go with!

97 | Take a GAMBLE at the Gun Lake Casino, while catching some hot live acts.

98 | Ride GO-CARTS, play MINI-GOLF or try the ROPES COURSE without the kids (okay your kids) at Craig’s Cruisers.

99 | Lace up and ROLLER SKATE! Visit the Kentwood Fun Spot on Thursday evenings for Adult Night.

100 | Shoot some POOL at one of our many local restaurants or try out Anazeh Sands.

101 | 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!

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By | 2018-02-06T20:55:55+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: Dining and Food, Parent Info, Rediscovering You|9 Comments

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Stephanie P
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9 Comments

  1. Marko @ parentsupporthub.com April 12, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

    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. Megan Reed December 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    This is great resource. Thank you!

  3. Amy December 8, 2016 at 9:49 am - Reply

    I had no idea there were so many options in this area! Thank you!

  4. Mikal P March 9, 2015 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Wow, this is a really great list!

  5. Katie Morgan November 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    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!

  6. Brittney B July 10, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

    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!!!

    • Stephanie P
      Stephanie P July 10, 2014 at 9:20 am - Reply

      Great find – thanks, Brittney! 😀

  7. Ann February 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful list of ideas. There are some on here that I’ve never thought of and am eager to try.

    • Stephanie P February 3, 2014 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      You are so welcome…I’m honestly anxious to try quite a few myself!! 😀 Enjoy!

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