Summer in West Michigan

There are so many fun things to do during the hot Summer months in West Michigan!

Greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan are great places to be in any season. Spend your time downtown Grand Rapids in the winter for World of Winter, hop over to The Tulip Festival in Holland in the Spring, spend time at Lake Michigan in the Summer, pick apples and drink cider in the Fall, and the list goes on!

Keep scrolling to learn about our favorite things to do in West Michigan during the Summer!

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Let's Get Our Summer On!!

As West Michigan is starting to wear summer on it’s sleeve, a ton of fun activities are calling your name!! We’ve included activities, things to do, and businesses that will make the summer season fantastic!

The Festival Of The Arts

June 2-4 2023

Festival of the Arts is an annual, free, 3-day event that features performances, creative activities, food booths, and vendors. In 2023 the festival is being held in the beginning of June.

Cannonsburg Zipline and Trails

Open in the summer

Cannonsburg is known for skiing in the winter but what most people don’t normally think of when hearing about it is their zipline adventure and trails in the summer. You can also watch some pretty phenomenal sunsets and sunrises from the top of the hill and it sure is breathtaking! 

West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball Games

In Comstock Park you’ll find Grand Rapids’ very own baseball team, the Whitecaps. The  West Michigan Whitecaps makes going to a baseball game as fun as it can be with all the extra events, themed days, and mascots! This is the perfect thing to do with your family on a nice spring day. 

Airport Viewing Park

The viewing park at Gerald R Ford International Airport is the perfect place for a picnic with your kiddos, a date night, or a fun place to just watch the planes come and go! The park has food trucks during various weeks in the summer as well!

Grand Rapids Splash Pads

There are plenty of parks with splash pads all over Grand Rapids! Here are a list of just a few that we love!

-Aberdeen Park

-Alger Park

-Mulick Park

-Taylor Park

And More!!

Millenium Park

Millenium Park is one of the nation’s largest urban parks! This is the perfect place to go for a bike ride, hike, kayak or boat ride (they offer them for rent), to bring kids to the splash pad, or tan on the beach! The activities are endless and the park is beautiful!

Concerts at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Runs from June 1-September 1

This concert series brings so much joy to GR as they welcome in musicians from all genres and generations. Not to mention that the venue is in the gorgeous outdoors of Frederik Meijer Gardens!

John Ball Zoo

With kids being off of school in the summer, there is a lot of time to enjoy the warm weather in Grand Rapids and going to the zoo is one of the many ways you can do just that. John Ball Zoo is great at what they do and not only do they have great animal exhibits, but they also offer a variety of fun programs and events throughout the summer!

West Michigan Beaches

We definitely recommend having a beach day at one of West Michigan’s beautiful lakeshore beaches! Two of our favorite beach towns are Holland and Grand Haven. Both of these places have beautiful beaches and plenty of hidden gems within the towns!

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