10 Things to Do in Rockford That You Shouldn't Miss

November 19, 2017 Alice Mieles

Rockford is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,719. It is on the Rogue River and is 14 miles north of Grand Rapids.
Restaurants in Rockford

1. White Pine Trail State Park

Rockford, MI
Excellent
87%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 64 reviews

White Pine Trail State Park

Reviewed By Matthew B - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Living in Rockford, I would tend to lose track of time and end up miles down the White Pine Trail. My poor teacup doggo would be panting and drooling, but it never stops him from trucking along!

Bike riders, for the most part, are courteous, but there's a good handful of them you need to watch out for. Good idea to keep one ear bud out, if you're jamming to Celine or Enya.

Plenty of stops along the trail as well! Rockford Brewing Company, etc.

2. Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area

6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306-9124 +1 616-874-6711
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area

Reviewed By sam50969 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

I live in Grand Rapid and went with a group of 8 adults (friends & family). Some had gone zip lining in more tropical locations, others (including myself) was the first time ever. We all loved it and had a blast! The staff was great and very welcoming. I would highly recommend this to anyone!!

3. Fifth Third Ballpark

4500 W River Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321-8566 +1 616-784-4131
Excellent
69%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Fifth Third Ballpark

Reviewed By Dave H - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Great venue to watch a "low A" minor league baseball game. It was entertaining throughout the game. Ticket and concession prices are very reasonable. Parking is a snap. For a Wednesday evening game it was well attended, but you can easily get tickets at the park without reserving ahead of time. Being from out of town, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

4. Deer Tracks Junction

7850 14 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 +1 616-863-3337
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
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5 based on 18 reviews

Deer Tracks Junction

Tons of crazy fun with Hands-on Farm, Wildlife Safari Tours, HUGE play areas, and HOMEMADE Ice Cream! See Website for more details!

Reviewed By rlegal78

This is far the cleanest animal place I have ever been. They have a picnic and play area outside the facility. Inside the main building is a gift shop and ice cream area. The smell of homemade waffle cones was amazing. They had large stuffed animals and some wooden saddles you could sit on for photos. I can't express how nice this place is and how clean the whole area is. We bought our tickets and we got the do it all combo so it is about $20 for an adult and that is rounding it up and kids 2 and under are free. We went out to the hands on area where they had goats, pigs, donkeys, bunnies and birds. They had several 2 week old baby goats that were out running and jumping around. They were so darn cute! You could sit and play with them and hold them. Same with the rabbit area you could hold the new baby bunnies and pet the larger ones. In that area they had birds you could hand feed or feed from a stick. Also you were given a container of food to feed the larger animals. We didn't get a chance to pet the donkeys, they stayed back but that is ok, the baby goats were so worth it. Then in another area there are deer and elk. You were able to feed them through a fence, they were about 1 year old if I remember right. We were also lucky enough to be able to pet a fawn through the fence, which is amazing and rare since they are so flighty!
Then in the do it all package you can feed either a goat or an elk, we chose the elk. So we went into the pen at our scheduled feeding time and fed from a bottle a 2 week old elk. Amazing again and the information we learned from the employees were beyond what we could imagine, they really knew their facts. You could tell the care for the animals were loving.
Then they have a stagecoach that is pulled by a tractor and that takes you on a tour around the farm for the larger and older animals. It included deer, elk, reindeer and yaks. The oldest deer there was 14 or 15. Again the tour is conducted by the owner and all the information we learned on that ride was out of this world. We made a couple of stops where we got off and fed the elks and then anyone that wanted could take photos holding antlers. The older deer, we were allowed to go into their pen and pet them. The reindeer and yaks we fed and then we watched the yaks race, which the kids on the tour adored and cheered. It was really neat and this is the kind of place you could go back over and over.

5. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525-5804 +1 616-957-1580
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

View modern sculpture in a stunning garden setting at this combination botanical garden and sculpture park, which features exotic plants, desert and Victorian gardens, wetlands, meadows, and sculptures by famous artists throughout.

Reviewed By KathyKenai - Kalamazoo, Michigan

We visited in April when the butterflies hatched. The flowers in the conservatory are fragrant and beautiful. The butterflies were delightful. There is a large outside garden but being early spring it was too cold and rainy for the outside. We’ll be back another time.

6. Rockford Dam Overlook

East Bridge Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341 +1 616-866-1537
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 24 reviews

Rockford Dam Overlook

Reviewed By plannit2014 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Really beautiful location. Many restaurants in the area, icecream shops, all along the White Pine Trail. Check out the fabulous fish sculpture by a local metal sculptor. Perfect for an evening stroll, pictures, in the summer they have free music on certain nights.

7. Kayla Rae Cellars

31 Courtland St, Rockford, MI 49341-1080
Excellent
43%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Kayla Rae Cellars

Reviewed By roger3116 - midland, mi

Stopped here with the wife on our way home on a Sunday afternoon. Tastes are $1 each. There were several wines, mostly reds, only a few sweet or fruity. The blackberry hard cider was good. Also bought a bottle of caramel dessert wine. The dude pouring was not very enthusiastic and didn't have much to say about the wines or offer suggestions. It was a quick stop, worth it.

8. Rogue River Park

Park Drive NE, Belmont, MI 49306 +1 616-632-7275
Excellent
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100%
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4 based on 2 reviews

Rogue River Park

Reviewed By Grant M - Rockford, Michigan

Rogue River Park is an excellent example of a mixed-use park. Visitors should note that it has two separate entrances - both with parking lots and full-service rest room buildings. They should plan on using the entrance which best meets their purpose as the park appears immensely different from both ends of the park.

The more traditional, municipal-style park entrance is located on Belshire Avenue. It has a ball field, two tennis courts, a playground, and a picnic shelter. All hardscape elements here are well maintained. The park's trails connect here, but are virtually unmarked regarding their starting point.

The northern entrance is more visible to travelers passing the park. It has a large sign located along Belmont Avenue. It also abuts the White Pine Trail State Park. Its ample parking lot is used as a trailhead for both parks.

The Rogue River Park trails are accessed from the northeast end of the parking lot. Trail conditions vary within the park, but it first appears to be a rough, wide, gravelly pathway. Don't let its first appearance deter you from exploring the park further.

Trails wind through the park, both narrow and wide, along the Rogue River, and around a few ponds, even over a boardwalk for a bit. The State of Michigan maintains three growing ponds along one of the paths used to mature fisheries stock destined for later distribution elsewhere in the state. They are seasonally filled and drained as needed using a local stream.

Our family used the picnic shelter this past June to host a graduation open house with another family. It provided a nice alternative to using our own homes, and allowed us plenty of room to stage some outdoor games for visiting guests.

9. Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 +1 616-957-1580
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 329 reviews

Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

The Renaissance man’s plans to sculpt a 24-foot bronze horse were never realized until an American sculptor created two models based on da Vinci’s drawings, one of which graces the Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Reviewed By Paul T - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ah, but this one runs on a whole different scale. It is marvelously impressive, not only in size but also in straight out beauty, combined with power and majesty. Awesome. Just stop and take it in. Not just pause, but stop.

10. Rockford Lanes

117 E Bridge St, Rockford, MI 49341-1203 +1 616-866-0200
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Rockford Lanes

Reviewed By Gregory T - Trufant, Michigan, United States

They have recently remodeled the bathrooms and painted inside. What a difference that has made to the place. The bowling alleys are nice and well maintained. Nice bar area where you can catch a game also.

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