Allendale is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ottawa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 17,579 at the 2010 census. It is located within Allendale Charter Township, occupying the northern two-thirds of the township, from the eastern boundary with the Grand River west along Pierce St., north along 75th Ave., then west along Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) to the western boundary of the township. It is a part of the Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, Michigan combined statistical area, and is an exurb of Grand Rapids, due to its major commuter routes into the city (M-45 and I-96).
Restaurants in Allendale
4.5 based on 17 reviews
Tons of brew pubs in Grand Rapids area. This one is about 15 minutes away from GR and the staff was really nice. Good beer and the pub had a nice vibe. Like how they hints at the personality of their beer with fonts (see picture).
5 based on 12 reviews
The Pearline Ravines in East Allendale are an amazing combination of geography, wildlife and plants, running the full range from prairie to wetland to flowing stream. Carefully marked trails take the visitor through a wonderland not much different from what might have been found when Native Americans camped and hunted this area.
While the twin ravine parks are the primary interest of the location, the dog park offers a large open space for the family pets, nicely laid out and secure. Make a day of it, and don't forget to bring a canoe or kayak for a leisurely drift down the loop of the Grand River.
5 based on 10 reviews
Visiting this museum will bring back good memories for the oder generation while showing the younger ones what it was like 'in the day'. Interesting exhibits, hands on stuff, and a well presented display make this unique museum well worth a visit when you are in town.
4.5 based on 97 reviews
We came to walk the trails. With lakes, ponds, a beach area, boat rentals, playground, and picnic areas, this park has something for everyone. The trails wrap around the ponds and lake and connect to the bike trails that extend to other parks in the area. We enjoyed the forest section as well as the lakes. Many families were there for picnics and kids were splashing in the water.
4.5 based on 20 reviews
Hidden back through a residential area, it was a huge natural forested park. Lots of trees and grassy areas, plus trails and other areas to explore Though I didn't find any huge parking lots, there was a small one at the entrance. It was clean and maintained nicely.
3.5 based on 37 reviews
You don't get to see that much from the train. You go through some farmland, and then basically go back. The lure for this attraction is the opportunity to ride on a historical railroad. They do offer special events. Warning, no air conditioning, so be prepared to get a little warm in the summer. There are some old engines and cars parked on siding you can look at also.
5 based on 10 reviews
The Grand Lady is a genuine paddle boat that cruises the Grand River. It often features a live band and some wonderful food and drinks while cruising the river. A nostalgic "Mark Twain" feeling is certainly a part of this wonderful experience. The paddle boat has both an upper open deck and a lower enclosed deck. I highly recommend this riverboat experience!
5 based on 18 reviews
This is a great place to go hiking year round! Lots of trails and they are NOT difficult. You can take shorter or longer loops, and in the winter you have options for xc skiing, ski skating, sledding, and more fun! There are some horse trails on the property, but you will not encounter horses on the main trails -- they have a separate area where they are allowed. This is another example of our fabulous Ottawa County Parks preserving and maintaining land for all of us to enjoy! Look at the birds, enjoy the creek that runs through the property, take your children and grandchildren here! Large area for parking.
4 based on 41 reviews
We just stopped in to try the beer as we were in the area. It's a smallish place, inside a nondescript pole barn. The one member of staff we met was very friendly and helpful. A lot of the beers were IPAs, which are not our favorites. We tried a flight of five 4 oz pours in order to try several. We liked the oatmeal and the red ale best, the Scottish ale was fine too. We thought Red Shoes was the first beer flavored with chilies that actually had Chile taste. It was interesting. As we didn't try any food, I can't comment on that.
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