Grand Exploits

GrandExploitsLooking for thrill? Supplement the season with West Michigan’s most spine-tingling opportunities. Whether you’re conquering a fear or feeding a passion, adventure is for everyone!

GR Paddling
Experience a full-service kayak and canoe adventure on the waters of your backyard. GR Paddling, LLC offers water adventures on seven rivers and six lakes in the area including basic guided kayaking and canoeing to specialized experiences such as Paddle and Art, Paddle and Dine, or Moonlight Paddling (which is one of Owner Jeff Neumann’s favorite trips). Groups up to 8 are accommodated, so explore the area’s local waterways for a unique adventure and unusual view of Grand Rapids and beyond. Full service accommodation includes transportation to and from your home or hotel if needed, water and snacks, and other necessities such as bug spray and sunscreen. “When people ask me what they should bring, I tell them sunglasses and a hat!” Neumann said. “We take care of the rest. We want to give the whole package.”

Learn more and book your paddle trip online (in advance is preferred) at www.grpaddling.com.

Sky High Hot Air Balloons
Let the breeze do the steering as you surrender to the nature of Michigan. An adventure with Sky High Hot Air Balloons welcomes you to greet the sun or bid it farewell with their sunrise or sunset rides, observe the gorgeous landscape and fauna of West Michigan, and explore your home state from a birds eye perspective. Rides are open to parties of one to six, and typically take 2 to 2.5 hours. On their website, owners Doug and Karen Mills describe the one-hour flight experience as “truly one of the most peaceful experiences of a lifetime.” Book your adventure at www.skyhighballoon.com.

Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park
Spend a day challenging your fear of height and fine-tuning your motor skills as you navigate a high wire forest adventure. Zip, swing, climb and balance your way through this aerial adventure. Fit for ages four and above, the park’s staff will ensure each participant is properly challenging their emotional and physical boundaries for a thrilling experience.

According to the Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park website, “courses require participants to use a wide variety of skills such as strategic and creative thinking, balance, strength and patience,” providing a full body and mind experience! For details and reservations, visit www.grtta.com.

John Ball Park
In addition to the already interactive zoo experience, roam through the animal jungle on the zoo’s Sky Trail Ropes Course and glide amongst the trees on the zip line. Four stories of adventure and 600 feet of zipline awaits young adventurers of required size and adults alike! Krys Bylund, the marketing manager at the zoo, described her personal experience on the ropes course and zip line as “knee knocking.” “It’s sort of scary as you’re taking the first few steps on the ropes course, and it can be a little intimidating,” Bylund said. “But what’s really fun about it is you get better and better, and by the end you’ve mastered it!”

John Ball Park also suggests this experience as a fantastic opportunity for team or corporate bonding. For details and reservations, visit www.jbzoo.org/experiences.


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