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10 Best Things To Do With a Party Bus in Grand Rapids

Look, we’re all about balling on a budget (if you’ll forgive the cringeworthy phrase). And, as anyone who’s ever hopped out of a car and been seen doing it, there’s no bigger baller move than to have a driver. Who has drivers? British aristocrats, tech billionaires, and all those fancy 1920s people in Midnight in Paris.

As such, we’ve invited out friends at Grand Rapids Limo Service to pen a piece about what you can do with  one of their wicked fun party buses. Ready to ball for not to much cash? Read on, Beer O’Clockers, for some boozy and not-so-boozy ideas.

A party bus is the perfect way to elevate any special event or get together in Grand Rapids. Who wants to deal with the inconveniences of finding directions and getting the group together, fighting traffic and finding parking spots, or getting a designated driver? Professional transportation to the rescue — it’s an efficient way to visit multiple destinations in one trip and have a damn fine time doing it.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, either… when the cost is split between passengers, it ends up being around the same price per person as a Uber or Lyft service.

Here are some suggestions on taking advantage of your unlimited stops in a party bus or limousine with Grand Rapids Limo Service.

1. Stating the Obvious: Brewery Tours

A brewery tour at local spots like Greyline or Brewery Vivant is a great way to learn more about what goes into your favorite beverage! Plus, it’s awesome to be able to sample their selections afterward and not have to worry about who’s going to be the one left out of imbibing all that delicious beer. Not a beer person? Don’t forget the distilleries opening up around GR, like Long Road, Flatlanders and Grey Skies. (Pro tip: we hear Grey Skies has boozy slushies to die for.)

2. Ball So Hard… All Night

If you want to go further into bars and restaurants than just checking out breweries, you’re in a great city! There’s a diverse nightlife scene in Grand Rapids, so you can feel confident knowing there’s a little something for everybody  in your group to enjoy. Check out EVE at the top of the B.O.B. for an LA-style nightclub, or do some late-night pizza at Georgio’s. (Don’t miss the Gyro pizza!)

3991978956_d75023cfc4_z3. Walking ArtPrize is for Peons

Art Prize is a internationally-renowned art festival that spans over two weeks in September. You know that. Take a private tour of the hot spots, and look for Beer O’Clock’s semi-annual Art Crawl map to help make the most of your time.

4. Local Festivals and Celebrations

There are a ton of local festivals and celebrations outside of Art Prize. Don’t miss LaughFest, KBS Week, Movies in the Park, Octoberfest, Founders Fest, Grand Rapids Pride, the Independence Day Celebration at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Polish Festival, and the GrandJazzFest.

5. You Kids Go Play Outside

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you’ll want to check out some of the scenic paved trails and mountain biking trails. And the GR area is covered in water — lakes, streams, rivers — do a float or a paddle, then have the bus pick you up at the end.

6. Restaurant Week

It’s happening now, and every August — fine establishments around GR make pie fixe menus of three courses, al for the same price. Go from restaurant to restaurant and get all kinds of debauched roman emperor on that good GR food.


7. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

This botanical garden spans over nearly 160 acres! The sculpture park has whimsical artwork that makes you feel as though you’re in different world. Don’t miss out on their outstanding summer concert series, or the amazing new Japanese garden.

8. Grand Rapids Public Museum

This museum has three floors of artifacts and information to sort through. There’s a carousel inside as well as a planetarium, and they often host varied events through the year. Pro tip: You want to go to the SpacePark360 planetarium show. Two words: Space Coasters. It is beyond rad.

9. Treetop Adventure Park

For those who enjoy an adrenaline rush, you can’t go wrong with a visit to this outdoor playland! They have ziplining and ropes courses that are sure to make you feel like a kid again. A terrified kid 30 feet off the ground walking on a wobbly suspension bridge built by terrible carpenters. For fun.

Oh, and Treetop also hosts epic glow nights! [Ed. note: BOC staff loves this place and thinks you should go there immediately.]

515359240_206dcc79d8_z10. John Ball Zoo

If there weather is fine, it’s always a good idea to head over to the John Ball Zoo. If you buy their membership, you’ll get to enjoy free admission, discounts on merchandise, and access to special events. Plus, the zoo holds periodic adults-only events after hours — drink some beer, commune with the animals, all that jazz.


So there you have it! Stop at one, stop at them all. You will not regret hitting up some of GR’s best spots on your own private transport.