Just outside of the busy city of Lansing, you’ll find my little town of Dimondale. Here, you will get a small town feel that isn’t too far from a big city. We have one of the most amazing Memorial Day parades, delicious eats, yummy ice cream, and so many places to enjoy the outdoors. This small city that you may miss if you blink your eyes has a lot to offer—more than most realize.
DIMONDALE'S OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Danford Island Park
Nestled in Dimondale, you will find Danford Island Park. Great for fishing, having a picnic, walking, looking at flowers, and letting the littles run. It’s peaceful and you will see many come and go. You can even get onto the Grand River here if you please.
Dimondale Canoe and Kayak
Right on the Grand River, you will find a wonderful spot to rent canoes, kayaks, tubes and more. This is locally owned and has been around since 2019. They have been so busy this summer with people ready to take on the waters.
Memorial Day Parade
Talk about a parade you will absolutely love! It feels like everyone in town is there; the streets are bustling and everyone’s enjoying the festivities. The Dimondale parade has fire trucks, police cars, a few floats, and tons of fun cars. Don’t forget to bring a bag or bucket for candy for the kids. It’s such a fun event we look forward to every year. Be sure to put it on your calendars for 2021!
DIMONDALE'S SWEET EATS
Village Ice Cream and Cafe
We have one, MORE THAN AMAZING, ice cream shop here! The owner is wonderful. She works hard and she loves Dimondale. This past year she got the kids involved in making ice cream treats then served them the remainder of her time open. They also have eats here—you can get lunch or dinner. Be sure to check Facebook for when they are open for the season.
DIMONDALE'S RESTAURANTS AND BREWERIES
Main Street Pizza
We order pizza from Main Street Pizza often. My favorite pizza is the BLT—it’s just perfect in my opinion. That’s our typical go-to from this joint but we also add a pepperoni, cheese or other topping pizza to the order. Oh, and not to mention, the breadsticks are fantastic! Add the cheese! If you’re in Dimondale, it’s worth a stop.
It’s just how it sounds and seems to be the only bar we have in town. They’ve always got specials and you can even enjoy your food on the patio on a nice day.
That’s right, our tiny little town has a brewery. Fill your growler and enjoy the varying food trucks that are often parked out front. They have seating outside on picnic tables where you can sip your brews while you eat. I recently noticed their curbside even included to-go beer to help business keep flowing during the pandemic.
Morning Glory Café and Bakery
If you’re looking for coffee and a baked item, this is where you’ll find yourself. They serve meals, pies, breads, and many smiles. This local spot is where you will find many congregating and enjoying the atmosphere.
On Thursdays from 3-7, you will find a farmers market right on Bridge Street. They have many fresh fruits, vegetables, honey, and other stands. It doesn’t disappoint! We enjoy getting our veggies from the stands there and supporting locals.
We have a great farm stand provided by Prey Farms just down from us on Canal Rd. You’ll get the BEST sweet corn and you can find many other homegrown items at the stand.
DIMONDALE SPORTS COMPLEXES
The Summit Sports and Ice Complex
Right off Lansing Road, you will find the fairly well-known business known as “The Summit.” They have ice hockey, soccer, gymnastics, and they also have many shows (RV, boat, Shipshewana on the Road, etc.) there. It’s got lots to offer and is a great place to get some exercise in or watch others play.
Aim High Courts
Here you will find many playing basketball. It’s affiliated with “The Summit” but in a separate building just next to it. Basketball is quite popular in our small town!