What to Do on the Weekend: Exploring Grand Rapids and Beyond
Written by Leah Erben
Posted on October 1, 2019
Just beyond the highway lies a magical land of fantastical off-campus adventures. Spend your weekends trying exciting new restaurants, seeing a show, or exploring new cultures throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Check out this list of the best things to do on the weekends and you’ll never be bored again.
If you’re looking to get outside and explore beautiful hiking trails and waterfronts, head to one of the many peaceful parks that surround both GVSU campuses.
Riverside Park: closer to downtown Grand Rapids with a breathtaking view of the Grand River, perfect for a picnic with friends.
Meijer Gardens: historical artifacts, art, and a butterfly garden! This indoor/outdoor garden will not let you down.
John Ball Zoo
If you want to spend your weekends hanging out with lions and apes, bring some friends to Grand Rapids’ very own John Ball Zoo. Make sure you bring your GVSU ID so you can get that sweet college discount! It’s Michigan’s first zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, meaning one of their goals is to save species and rebuild animal populations.
We are fortunate enough to be a mere half-hour drive from the shores of Lake Michigan, and you can spend your weekends frolicking on the sandy shores with friends or reading a good book in the sun.
Grand Haven State Park: Grand Haven Pier, sunset over the lake, and stellar Instagram content.
Dinner in Downtown Grand Rapids
Downtown Grand Rapids is full of unique shops and fantastic restaurants that are yours to discover.
Downtown Market: a wonderful place to find gourmet cheeses, fish, meats, tacos, sushi, noodles, coffee, smoothies, a host of vegetarian options, and so much more.
The BOB: another popular downtown destination filled with live entertainment and a variety of different eateries.
Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop: reasonably priced soups and sandwiches as well as a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Maru Sushi: 20% off with your student I.D. on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Stella’s: pinball machines, a dance floor, and gourmet pub food.
There’s so much to do in the greater Grand Rapids area that you don’t have to worry about being bored. Additionally, there’s a whole separate list of fun activities that don’t even require you to leave campus. Check out the Events Calendar to find out which exciting upcoming events you don’t want to miss.