West Michigan Summer Bucketlist
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Frederik Meijer Gardens is a beautiful destination to stop at during the summer. Visitors will see and experience unique sculptures, plant exhibits, and hands-on activities. This is a family friendly place that has something everyone will love and enjoy. Not only will the sights take your breath away but you will learn while exploring the gardens. It isn't a one and done stop either because the exhibits and activities are always changing!
Grand Haven Beach
Coast Guard City U.S.A is a gorgeous coastal town that has it all. The beach, restaurants, parks, shopping, etc... Relax, unwind, and de-stress at the sandy shore and listen to the waves of Lake Michigan. Make sure you walk the newly renovated pier and stay for the sunset!
John Ball Zoo
Think your kids belong in a zoo? Well, why not take them to one where they can be their wild selves and learn?! The John Ball Zoo features animals from all around the world. Interact directly with the animals at the farm petting zoo and birds exhibit or take a break from the animals and ride the zip line, ropes course, or coaster.
Gerald R. Ford Airport Viewing Park
Enjoy an afternoon watching planes take off and land at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport this summer. You can fully relax at this newly renovated park which includes permanent bathrooms, pavilions, and plenty of picnic tables and parking. Bring your friends and have a picnic.
Fulton Street Farmers Market
Shop local produce and products at this farmers market taking place every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with extended evening hours Wednesday. You never know what unique foods you'll find here! A great atmosphere and community spot. Try buying something new to cook with and see where it goes!
Treat yourself to a day of shopping and score some major deals at Tanger Outlets right outside of Grand Rapids. You will still enjoy the summer weather because it's an open mall with outdoor seating. Big brands and premium outlet stores are located here with the latest fashion trends and the largest discounts.
Connect with nature and walk through the trails at Millennium Park. There are multiple trails, paved and unpaved, all over the park to meet your needs and distance. The kids can work up a sweat on the jungle gym and then cool off at the splash pad. Or take the family to the small beach and rent a kayak or paddleboard for an additional adventure.