Date Night Ideas in Grand Rapids

Leave the kids with a sitter and spend a night on the town. Here are some date night ideas in Grand Rapids to help you plan.

It’s so important to schedule some alone time with your partner to unwind and reconnect.

Instead of booking the same dinner reservation you always do (I’m guilty, too), step up your game and try something new – whether that’s watching a production at the local theater or trying your hand at painting.

Need help finding date night ideas in Grand Rapids? We’re here to help. Peek at our list below, then call the babysitter and do your best to stay up past 9 p.m.

A Walk Through the Park

  • Address: 1000 E. Beltline NE, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: $14.50/adults
  • Contact: 888-957-1580

The Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a gem of Grand Rapids. While you may have been to this impressive spot before, strolling the sculpture park with your date is a great excuse to come back for a visit.

Catch a Rock Show

This unpretentious bar with arcade games is the perfect spot to see a night of live music.

Date Night at the Museum

  • Address: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: 616-254-0400

Are you and your partner history buffs? Brush up on the past and create a few memories of your own at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

Day at the Ballet

  • Address: Grand Rapids Ballet, 341 Ellsworth Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: Prices vary
  • Contact: 616-454-4771

Enjoy a ballet production at the Grand Rapids Ballet.

Dueling Piano Bar

  • Address: Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar, 180 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: Prices vary for special events
  • Contact: 616-776-9000

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, music, dancing and more at Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar and Restaurant.

Grand Rapids Symphony

  • Address: St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: Prices vary
  • Contact: 616-459-2224

Spend a night with your boo and support the arts in the process at the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Local Theater Night

  • Address: 30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
  • Admission: Prices vary
  • Contact: 616-222-6650

Watch a story come to life at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Laugh and cry with the community members putting on the show.

Movie Night at the Museum

  • Address: UICA, 2 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: $8/public
  • Contact: 616-454-7000

Step up your movie game by seeing at artsy film at the theater inside of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Outdoor Ice Skating

  • Address: Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: $3/ages 18-plus
  • Contact: 616-456-3232

Enjoy winter in the city and get some exercise at the Rosa Parks Circle outdoor ice rink. Rental skates are free with admission.

Painting with a Twist

  • Address: 6266 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: $25-plus/person for most events
  • Contact: 616-426-2743

This date night idea combines a fun art project with a wine night. Check out their website to see which painting demo is being offered on a specific night.

Stand Up Comedy at Dr. Grins

  • Address: Dr. Grin’s at The BOB, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: Prices vary/comedian
  • Contact: 616-356-2000

One of the best spots in Grand Rapids to have a laugh with your date. Nationally recognized and awarded comedians regularly perform here.

See a Broadway Show

  • Address: DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: Prices vary
  • Contact: 616-742-6500

Come downtown to DeVos Place and catch a Broadway show, live music and more.

Spend a Day at the GRAM

  • Address: 101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: $10/adults
  • Contact: 616-831-1000

Make a day out of exploring the Grand Rapids Art Museum, a world-class art institution. They have drop-in studios, live music and more.

Watch a Hockey Game

  • Address: Van Andel Arena,130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids
  • Admission: Prices vary
  • Contact: 616-774-4585

If you two are big sports fans, look no further than the Grand Rapids Griffins. Catch a game and share some stadium snacks.

Wine Tours

  • Address: Check the link for specific addresses
  • Admission: Winery prices vary
  • Contact: Contact wineries directly for hours

Grand Rapids is lucky to be situated near some of the best wineries in the state. Spend an afternoon checking out a few wineries and even splurge for an overnight stay.

Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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