Have fun with the fam on the Grand River this summer! Family Paddle Nights are returning to Riverside Park in 2023.

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Free Kayak Events at Riverside Park

The City of Grand Rapids is hosting free kayaking events in conjunction with Food Truck Fridays.

City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids

The Family Paddle Nights are 5p.m. to 8:30p.m. June 9, June 23, and August 25.

What to Expect at Family Paddle Nights

Free 20-minute kayak rides are available throughout the evening. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All paddling activities will remain in Riverside Park Lagoon. All equipment is provided and a lifeguard will be on site.
Food trucks will also be at Riverside Park as part of Food Truck Fridays.

City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids

All kayakers must be age ten and up. Kayakers ages ten through sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome.


You're also welcome to bring your own kayaks, paddle boards or canoes to the lagoon.

More Free Activities from the City of Grand Rapids Summer 2023

Grand Rapids recently announced the 8th year of free fitness in parks and public spaces across the city.

No matter how you want to get moving, there is likely a class for you! Fifteen dance, cardio, and yoga classes will run weekly starting May 15, 2023. Find out more here.

Outdoor Games, Gear, and Equipment You Can Rent for FREE From Grand Rapids Gear Library

Grand Rapid Parks and Recreation recently added skateboards to the Thrive Outside Gear Library. Did you know about all the cool stuff you can rent for free? Just about anything you'd need for a camping trip you'll find in the Gear Library at Roosevelt Park Gym, plus team sports equipment, clothing, picnic supplies, even gear for cold weather activities too! The Gear Library is located at the gym at Roosevelt Park at 739 Van Raalte Dr. SW in Grand Rapids. The library is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

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