BLOGS-Survive_GrandRapidsHolidays got you stressed? Too much to do and too little time to get it all done? Head to Grand Rapids instead and play – you’ll find all kinds of activities that will instantly lower your stress level, depending upon the best fit for you!

Get Physical

Some of us love to burn off stress by moving. You’ll have your opportunity to do that in beautiful Grand Rapids. Try fat biking in the snow for the first time. Check out the Center Mind Body Fitness facility – much more than a gym, it features fitness and care for your body and your soul. Even snowmobiling can be physical, and you’ll see some amazing scenery as you cover the miles.

Shop and Eat!

There’s some fine dining to be had in Grand Rapids, and fun shopping, too! Get your day going with quality coffee and an astonishing assortment of treats and food at Brewed Awakenings. If shopping helps you relax, you’ll find an assortment of art galleries, craft shops, antiques, country décor, collectables, gift shops, clothing – guaranteed to help you find that perfect gift for a loved one, or for you!

Check out Events

Rock N Roll Christmas, on December 17, will make you feel as if you’re seeing a show in Las Vegas! This multimedia show ties in the sounds and the songs of the season. Looking for more holiday events? Check out our Events Calendar to see everything happening in Grand Rapids!

Take in Culture

You may be surprised, but there IS culture here in Grand Rapids, of all kinds! The Edge Center for Arts and the MacRostie Art Center are two fine galleries right in the area. There’s even a Public Art Tour – a pre-mapped walk for you through town, featuring sculpture, mosaics, and other artwork.

Find the Peace

If pampering is your best way to destress, head to one of Grand Rapids’ quality day spas for a luscious massage or a facial. Or if getting into quiet nature is more your speed, take a peaceful walk, ski, or snowshoe on one of our many trails in the big north woods. Scenic State Park and the Lost 40 are two beautiful places (among many) to explore and find that quiet that only nature can bring.

Driving with short hikes more your speed, perhaps? Take the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic byway – guaranteed to stun you with its beauty. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and stretch your legs with short hikes at trailheads along the route.

The holidays don’t need to be stressful. Add a little bit of mindful play and de-stress time, and you might just remember your visit to Grand Rapids as one of the most peaceful holiday seasons you ever had!