What to do in Grand Rapids this Summer

Story by Anna Johns, Staff Writer

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Summer is just around the corner and there is no need to leave Michigan because Grand Rapids has lots to offer. This summer stay local and check out some of the fun activities in town.

Take a Ghost Tour

Have you ever heard of the eerie prank calls from the Bell Telephone Company or the ghostly residents of the Amway Grand Plaza? This summer go on a one-of-a-kind adventure and take a ghost tour of Grand Rapids presented by Tours Around Michigan. During the tour, guests will learn the chilling stories of the paranormal happenings in the city and maybe see something unexpected. Tickets are $30 and children 5 and under are free. The tour is approximately two miles and lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. For tour dates and more details click here.

BRICKLIVE Supersized!

This summer pay a visit to John Ball Zoo and check out their new exhibit BRICKLIVE Supersized! Large-scale brick sculptures are exhibited around the park. The exhibit features 40 brick sculptures of various animals made from nearly 2 million bricks. Animals featured in the exhibit have been supersized and each sculpture has educational signs to teach viewers about the creature and building details. BRICKLIVE Supersized! will be on display for the 2021 season. The cost is included with general admission and the exhibit will be available during the season until Sept. 26. To reserve timed-entry tickets and to learn more information, visit their website at

Grab a bite to eat at Hamburger Mary’s

If you’re in the mood for entertainment and delicious food, be sure to pay a visit to Hamburger Mary’s on 28th Street. The restaurant is new to town and features an open-air bar and grille for open-minded people. Their menu is filled with tasty items such as the “Mac & Cheese Balls” or the “Love Me Tenders.” For more lively guests they serve several specialty cocktails, Michigan wines, and “Marytinis.” This summer Hamburger Mary’s is featuring performances by drag queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” including Nina West, Hedi N Closet, Detox, and Blair Saint Clair. They will also have shows every night featuring local drag queens and ticket events for big-name queens. It’s recommended to reserve a table before but walk-ins are welcome if there is room. For more information and reservations check out their Facebook page.

With the success of vaccine rollouts, the nation is slowly starting to open up again. In the future, Grand Rapids will have more events to offer. This summer, the city is filled with excitement around every corner.