15 Ridiculously Adventurous Grand Rapids Date Nights You Have to Try

15 Ways to Shake Some Spice onto Your Next Date Night

Don’t get stuck in a date night rut. If you’re going on your first or your eight-hundredth and forty-first date, there are plenty of places around town to get the blood pumping and the excitement to peak levels.

Whether you opt to get that heart rate elevated with physical tasks or mind twisting thrills, you can breath fresh life into your next date night. So when you’re ready to upgrade from Netflix & chill, here are some sure fire ways to make an outing with your sweetie an adventure.

Given how electrifying all these options are, expect to sign waivers and always wear closed toe shoes. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

List of Grand Rapids Date Ideas for Adventurous People

01: Give Axe Throwing a Try

Channel your inner Marsellus Wallace and “go medieval” with a round of axe-throwing at FlannelJax’s.

Challenge each other to rounds of Four Corners, 305/501, Cricket, and more as you lob hatchets perfect your lumberjack swagger.

Pricing starts at $25/per person for 1-hour of wood-splitting fun.

FlannelJax’s is located at 601 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

02: Break Out of Certain Doom in an Escape Room

Race against time as you work together collecting clues and solving puzzles at The Ruse, one of the world’s top rated escape rooms. The Ruse currently offers two different rooms: The Inventor’s Guild and The Trophy Room. Entry to either will be $30/person.

If you want to take your sleuthing skills to the streets, they also offer an outdoor option called The Circle. The complete journey will take about three hours as you cover 3 miles of downtown Grand Rapids. You can attempt it in it’s entirety ($30/person) or by breaking it up into two shorter chapters ($20/person).

The Ruse is located at 25 Division Avenue South, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

03: Luge at Breakneck Speeds

Melt your ice queen’s heart with all the fun trappings of the winter season at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. This unique destination is home to one of only four luge tracks in the US. Their 850′ track has six curves, and you can speed up to 30mph as you shoot down it.

In addition to the luge, they are also home to longest lit cross-country skiing trail in the midwest (perfect for moonlit treks) and a quarter mile ice trail to skate through the woods.

(photo credit: Adam Alexander)

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is located at 462 N Scenic Dr, Muskegon, MI 49445.

04: Go-Karts so Fast You’ll Need Helmets

This is the go-karting you wish you had as a kid. Grand Rapids Grand Prix is a massive multi-level track (the only two story track in all of Michigan) that puts you behind the wheel of a kart even Mario would be jealous of (even without red shells).

Racers can bring their own DOT approved helmets or use one of GRGP’s and closed toe shoes are required. Races start every 10 minutes and typically last 6 to 7 minutes. Packages are 1-race/$18, 3-races/$45, or 8-races/$100.

Grand Rapids Grand Prix is located at 8455 Byron Commerce Dr SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

05: Probably Laugh Your Butts off on a Bar Crawl + Scavenger Hunt

Pilsners, porters, and prizes oh my! Explore new and revisit old favorites when you embark on Michigan AR’s Bar Crawl scavenger hunt. Using an iPad provided by Michigan AR, you will venture both banks of the Grand uncovering clues and stopping to enjoy some libations along the way.

You can also try their other mission: Operation Mindfall that will have you looking at downtown in a completely new way. Merging the logic puzzles of escape rooms and the augmented reality fun of geo-based games, Michigan AR Scavenger Hunts will lead to adventure.

Bar Crawl event is $30/person, Operation Mindfall is $26/person. You must purchase your tickets online before a game master will meet you with the necessary equipment.

The Bar Crawl starts at the Sixth Street Park Gazebo and Operation Mindfall starts on the stairs of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

06: Climb Your Way to an Adrenaline Rush

The first rock wall climbing gym in all of Michigan, Inside Moves is the place to scale new heights. With a large bouldering area as well as top-roep and lead climbing options, the team at Inside Moves will have you challenging yourself and reaching new limits.

If you’re a complete newbie, a beginner’s package consisting of a lesson, an all-day pass, and your shoe, harness, and belay device-rentals and will cost $30. Otherwise they have a very flexible a la carte menu for your climbing needs with day passes starting at $13.

Inside Moves is located at 639 76th Street SW # 1, Byron Center, MI

07: Fowling is the new Bowling. Don’t Worry – There’s Still Beer.

What happens when you take all the best parts of bowling, corn-hole, and football? You end up with fowling, a unique sport where you spiral your football at your opponent’s pins, trying to knock them down before they knock down yours.

The Fowling Warehouse brings this unique game to west Michigan, along with a fantastic line-up of beverages on tap (we are Beer City, USA after all) to keep you and your bae facing off against each other or other partners. Open play starts at $10/person.

Fowling Warehouse is located at 6797 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

08: Hulk it Up and SMASH

Bruce Banner approves when you let loose at Break Room Therapy, West Michigan’s first rage room.

You can choose a regular smash session for 2 for $50, an electronics session for $70, or a BYOB (that’s Bring Your Own Breakables) for $20. Break Room Therapy will equip with you proper safety gear and smashing tools of your choice like sledge hammer, baseball bat, or crowbar, and clean up the mess when you’re done.

It is highly recommended to book your appointment beforehand as walk-ins may not always be able to be accommodated. (Hot tip: grab dinner at the 84th Pub & Grille before hand to save 10% when you show them your receipt)

Break Room Therapy is located at 889 76th Street SW, Unit 12, Byron Center, MI 49315.

09: Travel Anywhere, Really, with Virtual Reality

Completely immerse yourself into your favorite games and otherworldly realms at Amped Reality VR.

Whether you want to throw birds at pigs, take a stroll through Paris, or get up close to Blue the raptor, there is a wide assortment of games and experiences to choose from. You can even both enter into the same world with multiplayer options.

Station rentals start at $30/hr but you can split the time and take turns if you only want to rent a single one.

Amped Reality VR is located at 2923 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.

10: Rain or Shine, It’s Always Tee Time

It doesn’t matter what the weather is when you hit the virtual links at X-Golf.

Using state of the art technology, you can easily get a round in without ever having to replace a divot. X-Golf has six simulators as well as food service. You can bring your own clubs, or rent from them as well.

Rates range from $35-$55/hour depending on when you book your tee time for. Expect to need two hours for two golfers to complete 18-holes.

X-Golf is located at 5761 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

11: Move Those Hips at a Swing Dancing Meetup

Unfortunate acronyms aside, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society, keeps the beat hopping with their weekly dance gatherings around the city. On Tuesdays you can find them dancing away at the GR Public Museum or GR Ladies Literary Club, and on Wednesdays at Calvin University.

If you aren’t a member, entry is only $6 and includes a short lesson at the start of the evening so you can learn how to Lindy hop, jitterbug, and west coast swing with the best. Check their website for the latest list of gatherings.

GROSS can be found dancing on Tuesdays at either
GRPM (272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504) or The Lit (61 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503).

12: Shoot Stuff With Arrows

I’m not sure what made Robin Hood’s men so merry, but maybe it had something to do with shooting arrows. Find out at the West Michigan Archery Center where you can try your hand at either their indoor range, or in warmer months take on their outdoor 3D course which will have trekking through the forest and taking aim at over two dozen mapped out targets (like disc-golf only more pointy).

Open shooting is $10/person, and equipment maybe rented for an additional $10 if you don’t have your own.

West Michigan Archery Center is located at 3500 10 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI, 49341.

13: Make Waves at Action Wake Park

First time rider? NBD. Action Wake Park is where you go when you don’t own a boat but really wonder what it’s like to wakeboard or waterski. How does it work? Basically, you hook into a cable system that pulls you (just like a boat would) around the lake.

Lessons and equipment are onsite and they’ll make sure you and your date have a great experience while literally getting your feet – and the rest of yourself – wet. Grab a drink on their patio and play lawn games when it’s time for a break.

They’re open late spring – early fall. Follow their FB page for specials, otherwise expect to invest $35 for a 2-hour pass (equipment rental is additional.) If you’re new to the sport, sign up for one of their Learn to Ride sessions for just $15.

Action Wake Park is located at 3320 Hudson Trails Dr. Hudsonville, MI 49426

14: Scramble Through the Treetops

Take a bunch of obstacles that would be challenging on the ground and put them 40-feet in the air and you have an adventure.

Any one of the seven obstacle routes at TreeRunner Adventure Park will get your blood pumping but for people really looking for a test, head for the Red Course where we’ll see if you can defeat the Taco Nest, Earthquake Swings, and the Junkyard. Everyone else, have fun on the pink, yellow, and blues. Swinging through the trees is for almost everyone, especially when you go on Glow Night.

Book online before you go – sessions regularly sell out. Open spring – fall.

Tree Runner Adventure Park is located at 2121 Celebration Dr NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525

15: And, There’s Always Jumping Out of a Plane…

Pretty sure that skydiving counts as ridiculously adventurous. And it’s an option for you, Grand Rapidian.

Take the love of your life (and about $250 pp) and head to the lakeshore at Skydive Grand Haven.

You’ll see Lake Michigan like never before – starting with a 20 minute scenic ride (where you can properly panic) followed by an exit from the plane at 10,000 ft (nearly two miles above ground.) Initially, expect to reach speeds up to 120 mph during free fall. Once your parachute opens you glide over the canopy for 5-10 more minutes. What I wanna know is, how do they land this thing??!

Skydive Grand Haven is located at 16448 Comstock St, Grand Haven, Michigan 49417

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