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7 Fun Winter Date Ideas in Grand Rapids

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Seven Fun Winter Date Ideas in Grand Rapids MI

I have seven perfect winter date ideas in Grand Rapids that are perfect for first dates, longtime couples and even friends. They range from the romantic to adventurous, so read on and start planning a fabulous winter date night in Grand Rapids.

Go Skating in Rosa Parks Circle Grand Rapids
135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

When the snow starts falling and the Christmas Lights are all lit up and aglow, nothing is more romantic and magical than spending a perfect winter night ice skating with your date in the famous Rosa Parks Circle. Rent some ice skates or bring your own and share laughter and memories gliding along the ice and taking in the city lights, truly a romantic Christmas movie scene come true.

Pro Tip: Grab a hot chocolate or coffee afterward at the nearby Biggby across the street
or shuffle down the streets to some great specialty coffee shops and cafes such as
MadCap Coffee to warm up your hands and debrief the time spent together.

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See the The Nutcracker Ballet in Grand Rapids

A classic winter tradition, the Grand Rapids Nutcracker Ballet provides the perfect opportunity for a romantic winter evening. Treat your date to a time at the Grand Rapids DeVos Performance Hall, have fun dressing up, and get lost in the favorite Christmas story and ballet performance of “The Nutcracker”.

The Grand Rapids Ballet is Michigan’s proud one and only professional ballet company and upholds the reputation of its artistic excellence and delivery of beautiful dances. Get lost in the immersion of classical music performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony and the storytelling through dance performed by the Grand Rapids Ballet, and have a luxurious and rich, classy, and traditional experience with your partner watching “The Nutcracker”.

Pro Tip: Reserve dinner at “The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck” before the ballet performance for you and your date to enjoy high-quality food and a romantic meal together, located right in the Amway, within walking distance from the DeVos Performance Hall.

Get Adventurous at the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park
462 Scenic Drive, N. Muskegon, MI 49445

For a date you’ll never forget, head a little northwest. Just under an hour away in Muskegon is the opportunity to get outside in the fresh air and try something new: the Luge!

If your date loves the crisp outdoors, the Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park offers a truly exhilarating opportunity to go flying down an icy slide at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. The Muskegon Luge is one of only four luge tracks in the United States and provides an Olympic thrill at a level first-time luge athletes can handle.

Don’t worry if you or your special someone is not quite up to the Luge: there’s lots more to do here, too. Ice skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are available, too. When you’re through, hang out in the bonfire garden and sip a hot chocolate while you enjoy the outdoors together.

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Make Art at Brush Studio
11 Ionia Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Looking to get away from the cold winter air and spend some time together indoors that’s a change of pace from a usual restaurant? Try out Brush Studio, for a date that’s filled with artistic fun and creativity. There’s no need to worry about being an expert artist to book a date- Brush Studio provides you with all the materials you’ll need and an artist to instruct the session together on how to make the chosen painting.

Brush Studio provides the opportunity to order some drinks and time to chat it up with your partner as you create your masterpiece. Not only do you get to take away some great memories together
from the class, but also a great souvenir of your painting to remember the night you shared.

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Sip Some Coffee in an Igloo
734 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Coffee shops provide a great atmosphere to get to know someone. What if you took it a step further and did coffee outside, even during the winter months? That’s right, Outside Coffee Company serves coffee from a cute coffee truck and provides specially insulated igloos with heaters for you and your partner to huddle in and stay comfortable and warm.

This coffee experience will be unique and fun and is a pleasant change of scenery. The atmosphere of the string lights, snow, and delicious coffee brewing from the truck will make for a perfect afternoon date.

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Explore Downtown Holland Together

Downtown Holland is charming any time of the year, and particularly so in the winter, when the town is lit up for the holidays. Wander the brick-paved 8th Street hand-in-hand with your special someone, where you’ll find breweries, cafes, cute shops and boutiques…you can easily spend an entire day perusing all the fun stops.

If you visit on a Saturday during the holidays, be sure to stop by the Holland Kerstmarkt, delightful outdoor European-style Christmas market with holiday items, delicious food and artisan demonstrations at the end of 8th street. When you’re through, head over to Holland State Park and see the “Big Red” lighthouse, one of the most picturesque lighthouses in Michigan.

Try Fowling
6797 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Fowling is the new and upcoming winter indoor activity to plan with your date, a double date, or a fun time with a group of your friends.

The Grand Rapids Fowling Warehouse provides the opportunity for you and your date to have an enjoyable time and try out this mixed sport of football and bowling and share some fun and laughter together doing it. Reserve a lane, grab a drink from the offered bar, and get to throwing as you and your date enjoy some time indoors together exploring a fun new activity.

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About the Author-

Ella Graber is a content writer for Attending Grand Valley State University to pursue a major in writing, Ella has loved to read and write ever since she was young. Growing up in the Midwest city of Grand Rapids, she is excited to use her love and passion for the beloved mitten state to help spread the great news about all things Michigan. Outside of writing, Ella enjoys finding new coffee shops, taking outdoor walks with her labradoodle named Louie, or spending time visiting Michigan beaches with her friends.