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Unforgettable Date Ideas in Grand Rapids


Dates in Grand Rapids are always fun, but sometimes you want to go beyond the “dinner and a movie” cliché. Maybe you’d like to do something more exciting than normal or maybe you’re looking for a romantic evening. Sometimes you want to just try something new but don’t know where to start. Either way, we’re here to help!


If you’d like to know the most unforgettable date ideas in Grand Rapids, you’re in the right place, so hang tight as we give you some ideas that your partner will love and that you both will always remember!



Fun Date Ideas

The Great Escape Room

The Great Escape Room

If you’ve never been to an escape room, you’re missing out! The Great Escape Room in Grand Rapids is the #1 voted escape room across America. Here you’ll be able to test your code-breaking, problem-solving, and combination-cracking skills and have fun all along the way. There are four different themes you can choose from including Infirmary: Surgical Crisis, Poker Night at the President’s Bunker, Escape Artist: Houdini’s Final Contact, and Mountain Top Murders, each with different challenges and difficulty levels that will leave you wanting to come back again and again!


Whether you’re going one-on-one with your partner or looking for something to do with a group, we guarantee The Great Escape Room will be one of your funnest and most memorable dates yet!



Wood Splitters Axe Throwing

Wood Splitters Axe Throwing

Axe throwing has taken the nation by storm over the past few years. Why? Because who doesn’t love to throw sharp objects at the wall and try to make them stick?! That’s exactly the kind of fun you’ll find at Wood Splitters Axe Throwing. If you’re looking for a fun, memorable date night, look no further! Wood Splitters offers you a chance to try your hand at axe throwing with a variety of games and fun activities. You’re sure to be laughing and having fun in no time, even if sticking an axe is more difficult than you think!



Great Lakes Glow Golf

Great Lakes Glow Golf

Sometimes returning to the simple pleasures are the best ways to spend date night, and Great Lakes Glow Golf delivers on that front. Featuring glow-in-the-dark black light mini golf, an “all day” arcade, mini bowling, and concessions, this venue takes you back to childhood pleasures and is sure to entertain!



Romantic Date Ideas

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Looking to take things to the next level with a little more spice and romance? Our suggestion: the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. This historic, luxury hotel located in downtown Grand Rapids is sure to be an instant hit with your significant other. The Amway Grand Plaza offers a variety of room choices from classic guest rooms to elegant executive suites. The hotel also offers several top notch restaurants and bars, our favorite of which is the MDRD, a AAA designated 4-Diamond restaurant that sits on the 27th floor and overlooks the Grand River and the Grand Rapids cityscape.


If you really want things to be top notch for your next overnight date, we recommend the Romance Package. This package includes a luxurious guest room featuring plush bedding and cozy linen sheets, valet parking, a bottle of wine of your choice, a $50 gift card for use at any of the hotel outlets, and a 1pm late checkout. This date is sure to be a winner, and one your partner won’t soon forget!



Classic Carriage Ride in Downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Carriage Rides

If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that one of the most romantic dates you can have is in a horse-drawn carriage. Lucky for you, Grand Rapids’ very own Classic Carriage provides year-round carriage services for rides, tours, and special occasions. Whether you want to go “dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh,” or you want to ride through downtown while enjoying the night scene, we highly recommend putting a carriage ride at the top of your unforgettable date ideas list.



Adventurous Date Ideas

Skydive Grand Haven

Skydive Grand Haven

Now this date idea will probably elicit some mixed feelings; however, we did say “Unforgettable” didn’t we? Well there’s probably nothing more unforgettable than jumping out of a plane! Skydive Grand Haven provides one of the most unique skydiving experiences in the country with an incredible view of Grand Haven beach and Lake Michigan from 1,400’.


Granted, Grand Haven is about a 45 minute drive from Grand Rapids, but if you’re willing to make the short trip you’ll probably come away with your most memorable date yet!



Beach Day

Holland Beach and Lighthouse

Forgive us for again including a date idea that is outside the Grand Rapids city borders, but can you blame us? Some of Michigan’s best features are the incredible Great Lakes and their accompanying beaches. You’re sure to feel like you’re at the ocean, with one exception: you don’t have to worry about sharks! While there are plenty of beaches to choose from, our personal favorites are the Holland and Grand Haven beaches.


The key to making a beach date unforgettable is add something special. Go have a picnic on the shore or visit one of the lighthouses. Maybe try fishing, do some kayaking, or go for a boat ride. Be sure to add something new and exciting, and your date is sure to be memorable!



TreeRunner Adventure Park

TreeRunner Grand Rapids

For our last entry of this list, we wanted to give you something fun and adventurous that’s sure to leave you with lasting memories. If you’re looking for an active, outdoor date idea, TreeRunner Adventure Park should be your next stop. This aerial park is filled with outdoor fun including a ropes course with more than 60 obstacles and 12 ziplines. There are a total of 9 different trails with 5 different difficulty levels, ensuring that there is something for everyone, and always a new challenge to take on.


We highly recommend this idea for both couples or group dates. The adventure park is so much fun, and it will leave you wanting to come back again and again!



Enjoy Your Next Date in Grand Rapids!

Grand Rapids really is an amazing city with so much to offer and a little bit of everything in town or close by. We hope this has inspired you with some ideas to make your next date unforgettable!

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