Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in Grand Rapids

A Men’s Guide to Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids

Guys, I know it can be a little stressful trying to figure out what to do for your partner for Valentine’s Day. You want to do something special, to make this year memorable. I get it. Sooner or later, giving your partner a card with some flowers and candy feels like you’re barely even trying. You want to go above and beyond. It’s in that spirit that I’ve put together this list.


If you’re a stickler for doing something for Valentine’s on the exact day it falls upon, you’re in luck. There’s still plenty to do in Grand Rapids on a Thursday evening. Here’s a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Mix and match activities with what you think your partner would most enjoy. It is the thought that counts most, after all.

Ice skating in Rosa Parks Circle. This is a pretty basic suggestion. Most people in Grand Rapids know about this perennial favorite. What you may not know is that from noon to 1:30 on Valentine’s Day, there is an event going on in the Circle with live music, food trucks and FREE skating. This could make for a romantic lunh date.

If you’re stuck at work all day, you can still head down to Rosa Parks Circle from 6 to 10 PM for the Love on ICE event. The skating won’t be free, during those hours, but it’s BOGO, so it’s still a great deal. Plus, there’s free hot chocolate and free professional photos of you with your sweetheart. It’s really a can’t-miss event, as far as weekday date options go.

Snowshoeing. If ice skating isn’t really your thing, you can try snowshoeing, instead. This is highly dependent on Michigan weather providing the snow to shoe in, obviously. But, given the right conditions, it could make for a great date for those who love the outdoors. The best part? You have a couple of different options as far as locations: both Blandford Nature Center and Ah-Nab-Awen Park are having Valentine’s Day snowshoe events. The event at Ah-Nab-Awen is scheduled for 6 to 8 PM, and Blandford goes from 8 to 9:30 PM.

Fowling. If you want to be active, but you’re not really a fan of the cold, this might be a great option for you. Fowling is like bowling, only instead of rolling a ball down the lane to knock over the pins, you throw a football at them. You may want to call ahead to make reservations, though, as their Cascade location is extremely popular.

Fowling Warehouse in Cascade

On Friday, there are a few additional options:

ValentICE. Another event centered around Rosa Parks Circle, ValentICE brings myriad ice sculptures to downtown Grand Rapids. The event starts at noon on Friday and runs through the entire weekend. A nice romantic walk in the park while browsing beautifully intricate sculptures could definitely set the mood for the rest of the evening.

Participate in the Stout Challenge. Do you both enjoy a good beer? In that case, head over to 7 Monks Tap Room and help decide which local brewery has the best stout in GR! Tickets are $30 per person and include 12 total tastings, a greasy spoon smash burger, attendance at the awards and more. VIP tickets are also available at $50 per person and get you private seating in the mezzanine. Get your tickets here.


Just a quick heads up for this list: whenever you plan to take someone out to eat on Valentine’s Day, you should always make reservations in advance. Otherwise, you risk waiting for hours for a table to come open or perhaps never getting in at all and having to settle for fast food.

City Built Brewing. Great beer and authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. I highly recommend the GR Fjord with an appetizer of Tostones and a main course of their amazing Bistec 18. Honestly, though, there’s no real way to go wrong with any of the offerings at City Built.

Madcap. If you opted for one of the daytime events and you’re a coffee fan, be sure to stop by one of Madcap’s Grand Rapids locations. Their coffee is fantastic and it’ll give you a great opportunity to warm up and chat for a bit.

Perfect for warming up after a day of snowshoeing.

Harmony Hall. This is another option if you’re looking for a place with a great selection of beer as well as amazing food and ambience. You can’t go wrong with their soft pretzel or breadsticks as appetizers or just some light snacking. They’re phenomenal…and their pizza is top-notch, as well!

The regulars. If you don’t find any of these dining options appealing, there’s always the amazing city-wide favorites: Founders Brewery, HopCat, YesterDog, Six.One.Six in the Marriott, Flannagans, etc.

And, of course, you should definitely stop by The Nines Gentleman’s Shoppe before your date to pick your game up to the next level. We have brands you won’t find anywhere else in West Michigan. Get some luxury body wash or bar soap, solid cologne, beard oil, pomade, all natural deodorant or tons of other products that will get you smelling and looking your best for the biggest date night of the year!

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