Grand Rapids, MI Dating Guide

Published On: May 15, 2024|Categories: Dating Tips, First Dates, Local City Dating Guides|4 min read|

Welcome to the 2024 Grand Rapids dating guide! Nestled along the picturesque Grand River, Grand Rapids seamlessly blends its rich history with a burgeoning arts scene, eclectic dining, and a thriving craft beer culture. Whether you’re a local looking to rekindle romance or a visitor eager to explore the city’s charms, our guide is filled with exciting date ideas that highlight the best of Grand Rapids. From world-class museums to trendy eateries, discover the perfect settings to create unforgettable memories with that special someone.

Jersey Junction

A great treat spot with that old time ice cream parlor feel. Featuring a selection of Michigan-made ice creams, you can also enjoy browsing their candy section as a fun way to get the conversation going. Local guides say it’s location is great for walking around outside too.

Ice cream treats range from $4-$7 (they even offer good old fashioned banana splits and ice cream sundaes for under $10).

Rose’s $$

For a date spot with lake views, good cocktails and a crowd pleasing menu, this is your place! Featuring a patio that opens up to Reed’s Lake and a fireplace in the dining room, Rose’s offers a variety settings to make for a comfortable and relaxing dining experience.

$30-$50 per person

Cooper’s Hawk $$

This winery and restaurant is an experience to remember. With an extensive list of wines to try, and an upscale menu of delicious appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts – all with pairing suggestions, it’s no surprise this place has serveral locations across the country, including one nearby in Kentwood, MI. They also have seasonal outdoor dining available.

As mentioned the menu here is more upscale, but still affordable for a nice meal out. Main entrees range from around $20-$45 and a bottle of wine for $30-$50 at the high end.

Grand Rapids Ballet $$

A visit to the Peter Martin Wege Theater to see a ballet show is a special date idea for those ready to share something moving together. With free parking across the street, and “not a bad seat in the house”, this is a good opportunity to see a live performance with your date. New shows run almost every month, so check their website for what’s coming up.

Ticket prices range by show.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park $

For nature and art lovers! Outdoor sculptures, indoor and outdoor gardens, the largest tropical conservatory in the state, nature trails, a guided tram and a five acre Children’s Garden- this would be a fantastic for a leisure date spot. With lots to see and explore, or to just find a quaint place in nature to converse, add this idea to your list! They also host seasonal events and concerts over the summer months.

Admission prices are $20 per adult ($15 for Seniors 65+).

Grand Rapids Downtown Market $-$$

Want to taste a varitey of cuisines all in one place? Enjoy supporting small, local businesses? Try the Grand Rapids Downtown Market which has over 20 local vendors selling food, beverages, and specialty goods. The market is open 7 days a week, and has something for everyone. Get a cup of coffee or sit down for a meal, or spend an afternoon with your date and do both!

Brush Studio $$

Meet your date for some artistic fun at one of these themed paint-and-sip classes. With the option to purchase an alcoholic beverage, this is a fun way to spend an evening and try something new together. Classes run for approximately 2-2.5 hrs, just the right amount of time for a first or second date. All supplies are included.

Regular Class $30-$38 per person.

Grand Rapids Public Museum $

Learn something new, and let the exhibits do some of the talking. The Grand Rapids Public Museum boasts one of Michigan’s largest collections of artifacts that tell the stories of West Michigan. Perfect for an easy afternoon date, the museum is open everyday until 5pm.

General Admission is $12 adults, $10 for Seniors 65+.

Calvin Ecosystem Preserve and Nature Gardens (no cost)

Maybe a restorative hike is right for the two of you? This spot features 44 public acres of forest, wetlands, and native gardens to explore on foot. Over a mile of walking trails through the woods are open everyday from dawn to dusk. It may be tempting to bring your dog, but dogs are discouraged for the safety of the wildlife.

Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery $

Get a mix of the outdoors and drink sampling at this apple orchard, with over 20 local Michigan wines and ciders to choose from. The tasting room offers $8 wine tasting, and is open anytime the building is open. They also have the Apple Haus that serves fresh baked goods and lunch. No reservations needed.

Wine tasting is $8 per person, prices subject to change.

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