The Mega List – 104 Ideas for Your Next Grand Rapids Date Night

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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, conveniently sectioned by activity.

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.

Choose Your Next Adventure…
Watch – Comedy, Theatre, Movies
Listen – Live Music, Symphony, Concerts
Relax – Massages, Museums, Bookstores
Explore – Trails, Fishing, Antiquing
Tour – Architecture, Breweries
Taste – Dinner, Drinks, Coffee
Cooking Classes
Create – Paint, Pottery, Build
Cheer – Sports, Racing, Roller Derby
Move – Kayak, Bike, Zip Line
Play – VR, Paint Ball, Escape Rooms
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103 Interesting Date Night Ideas for Grand Rapids

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!”


Sit back and let us entertain you…

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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 improve 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 improve to Shakespeare at the Dog Story Theater.

04 | Solve the case at a murder mystery dinner! The Murder Mystery Company hosts weekend events at Pietro’s in Grand Rapids.

05 | Enjoy local theater at the Civic Theatre. The 2020 season feature favorites The Wiz and A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

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. Coming to town in 2020 are Hamilton and Escape to Margaritaville.

10 | Watch your favorite cult classic film at the Wealthy Theatre.

11 | Go back in time and enjoy a drive-in movie at the Getty in Muskegon. Shows typically run from April to October.

12 | Catch a movie in the park as many local communities offer outdoor films during the summer. Find a list of locations in our Guide to Outdoor Concerts and Movies in the Park.

13 | Catch a flick on the big screen at one of West Michigan’s many cinemas, including Sperry’s MoviehouseCelebration Cinemas, AMC and Goodrich.

14 | See festival award winning independent, foreign and documentary films at the UICA. Multiple shows are scheduled every Tuesday through Sunday.


Do you hear the people sing?

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The Listening Room – Studio Park


15 | Check out Grand Rapids a favorite band (or comedy act) at 20 Monroe Live!

16 | Enjoy an intimate setting for listening to your favorite singer at The Listening Room.

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

18 | Soak in the classical sounds of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Performances are scheduled all year long, and a favorite in the summer are their Picnic Pops performances.

19 | Rock out to some of the best local and international musicians live at the Intersection,  or go big with a concert at the Van Andel Arena.

20 | Sing along with dueling piano 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 Grand Rapids throughout the entire year.

22 | Pack and picnic basket and head to Frederik Meijer Gardens for one of their Tuesday Evening Music Club theses 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 Delta Plex 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, offering couples dance, west coast swing, and salsa.

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

27 | Slap on your boots and go line dancingThe Back Forty Saloon, located in the heart of GR,is a fantastic spot, or check out Twisted Bull or The Pipeline Smokehouse.

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


Put up your feet.


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

30 | Find your inner peace through yoga. Some favorite yoga studios to check out include The Funky Buddha, Twisted Hot Yoga, and PeaceLab.

31 | Rejuvenate with a couples massage at a local spa such as Design One, Heidi Christine’s, or The Woodhouse.

32 | Take a drive and then mosey through one of West Michigan’s great small townsHolland, 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 | Stroll through history at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

35 | Visit one of our many fantastic bookstores. Many of these shops also offer events and book clubs to indulge your inner bookworm. Top otions include Schuler Books, Argos Book Shop, Books & Mortar, and epilogue books.


The world (or just Grand Rapids?) is your oyster.

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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 | Explore the city with a scavenger hunt. You can play a date night hunt on Let’s Roam or take it a step up with Michigan [AR] who will equip you with gear for an augmented reality scavenger hunt.

38 | Star gaze 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 | Set your eyes on treasure hunting as you go geochaching.

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.

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

43 | Peruse an antiques shop. Some of our favorite spots to explore are Elevated, Eastown Antiques, Bluedoor GR, Century Antiques, and Lost & Found GR.

44 | Flip through some vinyl at Dodd’s Record Shop, Vertigo Music, or The Corner Record Shop.

45 | Shop local artisans at the Fulton Street Artisans Market, at a First Friday Market, Lions + Rabbits, or the Jenison Artisan Market.

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For curious minds.

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Amway Grand Hotel


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

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 as 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 principles behind it a tour at one of the local distilleries such as Long Road or Eastern Kille,


Everyone’s favorite part!


55 | Have a picnic in the park. Visit the recently updated Lookout Park for a great view of the city, or check this map for a list of parks throughout West Michigan.

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, Mosby’s Popcorn, or Koeze Gourmet Nuts, three of Grand Rapid’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 goods it has to offer. Or peruse a local Farmer’s Market for fresh, local produce.

59 | Find a cute shop and enjoy some coffee together. Some favorites include: The Sparrows, Lantern Coffee Bar & LoungeMadCap, and Ferris Coffee & Nut.

60 | Indulge in a decadent dessert. For ice cream, head to Furniture City Creamery, Spoonlickers, or Love’s. Try Cakabakery, Sugar Mommas or Sweetie-licious for baked goods. Pick up some hand crafted chocolates at Mokaya, order the obvious at The Cheesecake Factory or go gourmet at La Dolce Vita.

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

62 | Go wine (or mead) tasting. Cascade Winery, Robinette’s, and Cherry Republic offer a large variety of Michigan-made wines and ciders in their showroom. You can also visit the tastings rooms at Cooper’s Hawk, Squibb Coffee & Wine Bar, and Horrock’s. For something out of the ordinary check out the tasting room at Arktos Meadery.

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.


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64 | Spice up your life with a cooking class at favorite restaurant. Amore Trattoria Italiana offers free classes on the 2nd Saturday of the month. 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.

65 | Learn to make pasta, chocolate truffles, cheese, and more with classes taken at the Local Epicurian, Sur la Table, Tamara’s Cooking Classes, or Culinary Expedition.

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.


…more than just chemistry.


67 | Join in on an guided painting session at Brush Studio, Bamboo Studios, Painting with a Twist. Or get creative with having a cocktail with Wine & Canvas hosted at either their local studio or at restaurants throughout West Michigan.

68 | Paint pottery, wood signs, and more together at one of our local studios including The Mud Room or Paint a Pot.

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

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

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Root, root, root for the home team.

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Grand Raggidy Roller Derby – Jack Kunnen photography


71 | The local sports team are unrivaled with the Whitecaps (baseball), Griffins (hockey), Drive (basketball), or the GRFC (soccer)!

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

73 | Cheer on fast carsat the Berlin Raceway.

74 | Grab tickets to a college eventCalvin, Hope, GVSU, Aquinas and Davenport all compete nearby.


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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 Paddle & Dine trips, allowing to stop for lunch in Lowell, Saranac, or Middleville. 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).!You rent boards at Millennium Park in the city, or check out Macatawa Boat House in Holland.

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.

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 & zip lines at Treetops Adventure Park or the John Ball Zoo.

84 | Jump around (jump, jump, jump) at a local trampoline park.

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. Or check out indoor options for year round skating at Patterson Ice Center, Griff’s IceHouse or the Southside Ice Arena.

88 | Snowy day? Hit the slopes at Cannonsburg or Crystal Mountain and downhill ski.


Don’t take it too seriously.

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Craig’s Cruisers


89 | Step into your favorite game, walk along the canal of Venice, or go on a roller coaster ride (and more) when you immerse yourself at Amped Virtual Reality.

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

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

92 | Compete in a friendly game of laser tag at BAM! Entertainment Center, The Lost City or Battle GR.

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

94 | Enjoy the outdoors with a round of disc golf. Earl W. Brewer Park and Riverside Park, are just 2 of the many courses located in and around Grand Rapids.

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

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

97 | Release some steam at the shooting range. Barracks 616 or Silver Bullet both rent out firing lanes and the firearms to go with! Want to go old-school? Try axe-throwing at FlanellJax’s or Target Axe Throwing.

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

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

100 | Lace up and roller skate! Visit the Kentwood Fun Spot on Thursday evenings for Adult Night.

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

102 | 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!

103 | Try out all sorts of tabletop, board, and card games from the lending library at Blue Bridge Games.

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

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9 thoughts on “The Mega List – 104 Ideas for Your Next Grand Rapids Date Night”

  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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