Grand Rapids Date Night Ideas are Everywhere!
A date is a special opportunity to do one of your favorite things with your favorite person. But how do you even know what’s available to do once date night rolls around?
Until now you would have to google all the different interests you have to find something. But now, you can just scroll through our mega list.
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We’ve found over 100 local adventures in West Michigan for every interest type.
We know you aren’t all into dinner and a movie. But if you are, you can find great restaurant ideas and even some live shows to stretch you beyond the typical movie setting.
There are ideas for the outdoors types, those who want to take a class, and those who want to go on an indoor adventure or a tour. Grand Rapids has dancing, live entertainment, sports to watch, sports to play, art and cooking experiences and more and more.
The Mega List – 101 Ideas for Your Next Grand Rapids Date Night
The next time date night rolls around and your partner says, “I can’t decide where we should go,” you’ll say, “Me, neither. I have over 100 things I want to try!”
01 | Laugh together while taking in a COMEDY SHOW at Dr. Grin’s in The B.O.B. Performances run Thursday – Saturday.
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. Shows typically run from April to October.
14 | See festival award winning INDEPENDENT, FOREIGN and DOCUMENTARY MOVIES at the UICA. Multiple shows are scheduled every Tuesday through Sunday.
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.
19 | Warm up with live CLASSICAL MUSIC performances at the GRAM every Sunday at 2 pm throughout the fall and winter.
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.
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.
29 | Enjoy ART AFTER DARK from 5:00-9:00 during Meijer Free Thursday Nights at the GRAM.
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.
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.
40 | CRUISE the Grand River on board the Grand Lady Riverboat in Jenison.
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.
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.
54 | Learn about the DISTILLING PROCESS and the principals behind it on a Long Road Distillers tour.
56 | Try a ‘grown-up’ RESTAURANT. Find a list of reader favorites here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
87 | Cool down while ICE SKATING at one of the many rinks listed in our Winter Outdoor Play Guide.
90 | Go BOWLING! Grand Rapids has many centers available, including the unique, bi-level Clique Lanes.
92 | Play a game of PAINTBALL at T.C. Paintball.
95 | Hit the BATTING CAGES at AJ’s Family Fun Center.
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!