By Lizz Vensas
With less than a couple of days left in the semester, students can feel the infectious summer breeze flow throughout Grand Rapids Community College halls.
“I am going to be stuck working a lot this summer,” said Samantha See, GRCC student and former Elections Commitee chair for Student Congress. “Maybe laying out in the sun if I have time.”
We at the Collegiate do not want our readers to go without some fun summer plans. Whatever you are into, West Michigan has a lot to offer. Avoid spending money on expensive trips. Take a chance and explore your own backyard this summer.
Take time to dine out in the city. With a diverse selection of restaurants that suits everybody’s needs.
If you want to experience exotic and authentic Etheopion food. Little Africa, located off of fulton and Diamond is a good deal for deliscious food.
If you are into more of an organic or vegetarian type lifestyle head on over to east town. Marie Catribs offers a unique meal solution to meat-eaters and vegans alike. Pair your meal with some Turkish coffee to liven up your day.
So you like burger? Give the Cottage Bar a try. The Cottage Bar is one of downtown Grand Rapids oldest working pubs and restaurants. Enjoy a meal there in a warm and casual setting.
The Great Outdoors
In West Michigan, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by natural beauty. From lakes to sand dunes and trails to parks. There are numerous hidden gems to explore over the summertime.
“This is going to be a relaxed summer for me,” said Tonja Lofton, Former GRCC Student Congress President. “I really enjoy going out to hike in Saugatuck.”
Besides the crystal clear harbor at Saugatuck, South Haven is another cute lake town to visit. Visit Café Julias and make sure to enjoy some of their baked goods. Enjoy the unique shops including Black River Books. Where you can go to find classic used books. Then off the evening with some Italian cooking at Venezia pizza.
Grand Haven is a classic retreat for many Rapidians looking for a great escape. With a large city beach and the the states best corn dogs at Pronto Pups. You will be in for a fantastic time. After a long walk, enjoy a beautiful sunset and evening water show.
Mountain Bikers might want to give Canonsburg a try this summer. With challenging hills, it is certain to be an experience. Less experienced riders and walkers can go just alittle bit further down the road to Cannon Township Biking and Walking Trail in Rockford, Michigan. This paved trail is about four miles long and leads you by beautiful Sunfish Lake.
“During the day I will be stuck at school, but at night I am ready to let loose,” said Michael Burndt, GRCC student.
The B.O.B.’s brewery is a stylish lounge and pub is great place to take in a drink. They also provide live entertainment on the weekends. Founder’s Brewery is a favorite for many locals. They brew their own beers in their micro brewery to perfection. Another hot spot to stop at is Hop Cat. This bar has been awarded as the third Best Beer Bar in the world by BeerAdvocate.
For a laugh, stop in at Dr. Grin’s Comedy Club. This venue has been a host to many famous and local comedians.
Museums and Art
There is no shortage of local day activities around Grand Rapids.
The Public Museum and Gerald R. Ford Museum are great places to go for fun and to gain a little bit of knowledge. The planetarium in the Public Museum can provide for a surprisingly fun date night.
On the northeast side of town you can take in the beauty and wonder of nature at Frederick Meijer Gardens. Be sure to visit the butterfly exibit.
If you have kids head over to John Ball Zoo. Expect to see chimps, spider monkeys, and even a Komodo dragon.
And lastly for a classy experience head over to the Grand Rapids Art Museum. The current exhibit features world famous artist and photographer Rauschenberg and visitors.
For more information on fun summer activities visit http://www.experiencegr.com