Spring’s arrival is often very much welcomed after the long days of winter come to an end and the days become longer. It is generally a sign that it’s time to get outdoors and see what the world has to offer. The key is finding spring things to do in Grand Rapids Michigan that interest you and your whole family.
There are plenty of places to go at this time of the year that really allow you to breathe in the fresh air.
Best Spring Things to Do in Grand Rapids
A visit to the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is the best way to celebrate spring. From March through April, the Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit takes place.
As the largest temporary butterfly exhibit in the United States, this is an extraordinary opportunity to see tropical butterflies up close. Over 7,000 will be on display in an exhibition where the temperature will be maintained at 85 degrees.
Aman Park comes to life as the sweet leafy buds start to bloom and the birds seem to be busy making nests. During the spring months, a walk along one of the six trails here can make for a special way to experience nature.
The park, which has more than 100 acres of natural habitats, has several self-guided trails to take, passing over brooks and taking you deep into the forested areas. Doing this during the spring months, around mid-April, allows you to see many of the trees in bloom.
Each year, the Broadway Grand Rapids Series offers a range of productions worthy of exploring, such as “Stomp,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Hadestown.”
Each of these, and other shows, are sure to put some pep in your step as you listen to the music for days afterward. You’ll need to purchase tickets in advance for most performances.
The Heritage Hill Historic District welcomes guests during the month of May for tours. Book one to see the historic preservation of these beautiful homes.
The Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes spotlights six to seven private homes in the area, as well as one or two of the district’s historic buildings. Each stop along the way tells a bit of the story of the home and the history of those who lived there.
Each month the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum has a variety of educational programs and exhibits for kids of all ages. On a rainy day in spring, this is an excellent location to visit for lots of education disguised as fun.
From the Ranger Station to the Molly of Denali exhibits, there are often new things to do and see at the start of the spring season.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum is hosting the American at the Crossroads: The GUITAR and a Changing Nation exhibit. This exhibit showcases the guitar’s history and offers a number of signed guitars and their history on display.
From the Spanish invasion of the guitar through modern guitarists, this exhibit provides an exciting opportunity to explore the instrument’s history. The museum will be the first stop on a national tour for the exhibit.
During the spring months, the wetlands around Huff Park seem to come to life, creating the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature. This is also one of the best times to do some bird-watching in the area.
Visit the observation deck, walk around the boardwalk loop, and listen to the sounds of nature around you. With 90 acres to explore, there is always something interesting to see here.
During April, the Grand Rapids Ballet performs at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre.
An example of a performance is “Ballet + Broadway,” a spectacular theatrical work that pays tribute to a wide range of big band music, Broadway, iconic work from the New York City Ballet, and much more — all inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood.
An award-winning choreographer, coupled with exceptional performances by the Grand Rapids Ballet Residents, makes these performances evenings to remember.
While the ice skating here may be coming to an end, Rosa Parks Circle becomes the home of outdoor swing dancing. It takes place each week starting in early May and running through October on Tuesdays.
Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society, it’s a fabulous time and the perfect way to bring a smile to your face, even if you’ve never danced before.
Best Spring Festivals in Grand Rapids Michigan
For those who love a good drink, the Grand Rapids Whiskey Festival takes place in early April. It’s the perfect reason to sample some Japanese whisky, enjoy Scotch whisky for the first time, or taste some of the finest Kentucky bourbon available from the area’s best distillers and international producers.
This festival is held at The Devos Place in Graphic Rapids Michigan. When you visit, get a driver because you’ll want to explore a wide range of favorites from around the world. From new cocktails to tried-and-true favorites, there’s plenty to enjoy here.
The start of May brings with it the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival, a fantastic experience for the whole family at the John Ball Zoo. As the sun goes down, the lanterns come to life.
Each has been handcrafted with incredible attention to detail in a true Asian lantern style. Although it seems like just lights, it’s quite an artistic expression.
The Roll’N Out Food Truck Fest takes place in mid to late May. It brings in about 30 food trucks to the Calder Plaza and Ottawa Avenue area to offer fun food, music, and great brews. It’s the official welcome of food truck season and perfectly suited for those who are ready for some sunshine and barbecue.
There’s no cost for the event (aside from all of the food you’ll want to buy and sample). There will be family-friendly activities to participate in, and all of the proceeds support the Grand Rapids Food Truck Association’s year-long programming.
The Walk MS Grand Rapids event is meant to bring awareness to multiple sclerosis and raise funds for research. Taking place in mid to late April, there’s a 1-mile and a 3-mile option to participate in at Aquinas College.
The walk benefits the National MS Society and promotes breakthroughs, finding a cure, and providing solutions to those who are struggling with this debilitating disease.
Spring Festivals Near Grand Rapids
Are you ready to do some running? The Hurt the Dirt Trail Races in Rockford Michigan are one of the best ways to do that. The quarter, half, and full marathon takes place in mid to late April, following a single trail through the park system.
You can run to win one of the awards and medals, or do it just to have some fun. More than $4,000 worth of prizes will be awarded across 14 age groups. Also, there will be pulled pork, chicken, sandwiches, fruit, and more served to all who participate.
For over 90 years, the Tulip Time Festival in Holland Michigan has taken place at the beginning of May and is a hallmark of this special time of the year. Over the course of eight days, the festival provides thousands of people with a welcome bit of spring as more than six million tulips bloom.
It takes place in Holland, at different locations throughout the city, noted with tulip beds blooming throughout the area.
While attending, visit the Historic Van Raalte Farm Park for “Tulip Beneath the Maples,” a guided tour of the grounds. The Holland Garden Club Tulip Time Flower Show also takes place during this festival.
Have Some Fun Exploring Spring Things to Do in Grand Rapids
Whether it’s a Grand Rapids restaurant with a patio or some time with your pet at the dog park, spring has plenty of opportunities to enjoy this blooming season.
These spring things to do in Grand Rapids are just the start of the fun you’ll have for the next few months. Explore more spring things to do across West Michigan to fill out your seasonal itinerary.