Kids love parks. And as a parent, I do too. My kids get to be outside, explore, and be active. And all of this entertainment is usually FREE. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Amazing parks are everywhere in West Michigan. We’ve tracked down the best Grand Rapids playgrounds. You’ll find some tucked away in the corners of neighborhoods, others are in urban settings near downtown, and there is even a lakeshore park on our list with awesome views of Lake Michigan!
If you’re looking for a “playground near me,” start here.
TOYS! is now open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum! Interactive and multi-generational, this exhibition of toys and games rekindles childhood memories and sparks the creation of new ones. Baby Boomers loved Paper Dolls, Erector Sets and Mr. Potato Head, Gen Xers preferred Holly Hobbie and Hot Wheels, and Millennials have never known a world without Super Mario or My Little Pony. Some toys, like Barbie and G.I. Joe, have adapted to appeal to different generations and remain popular today. Toys and games have changed over time, but the desire to imagine, compete, and create has not.
The park also has a fun fishing pond (restricted to those under 12, senior citizens or physically challenged individuals), softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and paved and unpaved trails. There are plenty of grills and picnic tables in the two gazebos and pavilion to make it a great picnic spot.
Leonard Park 7490 Thornapple River Dr SE, Ada, 49301 This is a small riverside park that is home to Ada’s covered bridge. The park is great for a picnic on a blanket, is within walking distance of the quaint town of Ada, and is connected to a bike path. Remember this park in the winter when they flood the softball field to make an ice rink!
Roselle Park 1010 Grand River Dr NE, Ada, 49301 There are 240 acres of land along the Grand River here. This nature preserve has a wonderful paved trail that is perfect for strollers, jogging, and little kids on bikes. Silos with an outdoor rock climbing wall are sure to be a hit with little climbing enthusiasts.
Allendale Community Park 6676 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale 49401 This park offers picnic tables & shelter, restrooms, concessions, playground, ball field, basketball court, tennis court, horseshoes, shuffleboard, nature areas and trails. It also offers two small splash pads and a giant sandbox!
Whistle Stop Park 2120 76th Street, Byron Center, 49315 This 59 acre park is filled with baseball & softball fields, play equipment, 2.5 acre catch and release fishing pond, walking trail, soccer fields, football fields, pavilion and picnic area, and volleyball courts.
Cascade Township Park 3810 Thornapple River Dr SE, Grand Rapids, 49546 Located about 1 mile south of 28th street, this park provides a newly updated playground, picnic pavilion, bathrooms, drinking fountain, two baseball/softball diamonds, multi-purpose field for soccer/football, one-mile pedestrian path, horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, and 18-hole Frisbee golf course. Located right off of 1-96.
Leslie E. Tassell Park 2900 Thornapple River Dr Grand Rapids, 49546 Located on the Thornapple River, this park features an interactive fountain for children to play in, sculptures, fire pit, shelters, public restroom, picnic tables and benches.
Lakeside Park 370 N Lake St SE, Caledonia, 49316 Located on Emmons Lake, there is a picnic shelter, an enclosed shelter, playgrounds and two ball diamonds. Connects to the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail.
Wahlfield Park 6811 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, 49321 A trailhead for many trails in the area, this park is great for hiking, running, mountain biking and cross country skiing. Wahlfield Park features a shelter, two large play structures and a swingset.
Dutton Shadyside 7343 Hammond Ave, Dutton, 49316 Tall shady maple trees and a winding creek are key features of this park. A ball diamond, playground, and an open shelter are available.
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Manhattan Recreation Area 3180 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, 49506 This 40 acre park is a great place to come and play for the day! Besides an awesome playground, this park has charcoal grills, a pavilion for rent, nature trails, sand volleyball courts, softball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, and playground.
Reeds Lake Trail 2205 Reeds Lake Blvd, East Grand Rapids, 49506 Just because there isn’t a playground doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun! This park is located on the waterfront of Reeds Lake and includes board walks, docks, and benches.
It’s the perfect place to sit and relax… after, you’ve walked or rode your bike on the Reeds Lake Trail! The trail is a 4.2 mile loop that scrolls around Reeds Lake through wooded areas, wetlands, and residential areas.
North Beach Park 18775 N Shore Dr, Ferrysburg, 49409 Hidden away in the small town of Ferrysburg is a family-friendly beach and dune hike just waiting to be discovered. Playground, life jackets and a wooden staircase up the dunes are just a few of the amenities here.
Ottawa Sands 18153 N Shore Dr, Spring Lake, 49456 This is one of the newest Ottawa County Parks and it’s great. It’s a simple, sandy loop around a small inland lake. There’s a good chance you’ll see an eagle if you visit–how cool! There are port-a-pottys available.
Hofma Park 15581 Ferris St, Grand Haven, 49417 This is a hidden gem! Fun trails to explore, playground equipment, picnic tables, and sport fields. We can get lost here for hours.
Imagination Station 1 Y Dr, Grand Haven, 49417 (Behind Tri-Cities Y) This playground recently got a serious makeover and it’s SO BEAUTIFUL. It boasts state-of-the-art play equipment that’s universally accessible. While we miss the nostalgia of the old, wooden structure, everyone already loves the new playground!
Robinson Township Park 11758 Buchanan St, Grand Haven, 49417 This is a shady little park tucked between Allendale and Grand Haven. It has a nice play structure, is quite shady, and they just added a large wooden train for kids to play on and in! It can get buggy.
Aberdeen Park 2230 Eastern Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49505 If you have young ones in tow, this park offers a special playground area for toddlers.The park also features basketball courts, soccer fields, ball diamonds, and tennis courts for the sports enthusiast. Don’t miss their newly updated splash pad!
Blandford Nature Center($) 1715 Hillburn Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, 49504 Families love the variety of nature areas with hiking trails and the chance to scout out wildlife at this 143 acre nature center. Indoors, families enjoy exhibits and the popular wildlife care program. Admission fees apply.
Grand Rapids Township Park 1836 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49525 This 58 acre park is tucked behind the Township Hall Complex and has an excellent handicap accessible playground! It also includes ball fields, soccer field, sand volleyball, tennis courts, basketball hoops, and nature trails that can be used for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park($) 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, 49525 This 158 acre campus is a must-see for residents and visitors alike. It features both indoor and outdoor gardens, a tropical conservatory, and nature trails winding through the grounds. The Lena Meijer Children’s Garden includes many attractions, including a tree house, water play area of the Great Lakes, an outdoor maze and much more. Indoor and outdoor is barrier free and handicap accessible. Admission fees apply.
Huff Park 2399 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49505 This unique park includes a small playground and ball fields, which may sound not so unique, but think again! While the park is located in a city neighborhood, it makes you feel like you’re stepping into the country with its 30 acre wetland boardwalk trail! It’s the perfect place to take a stroll and spot a variety of wildlife living right in the city!
John Ball Park 1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, 49504 Have a day planned at the zoo? Don’t forget the additional kid-friendly destination just outside of the zoo. The John Ball Park is within walking distance to the main entrance of the zoo and offers a playground to spend a few extra minutes of play.
Kroc Center 2500 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids, 49504 The outdoor campus is free and open to the public (when not being used for Kroc Center events and programs) and includes a playground with swings, slides and sand. Basketball courts, sand volleyball, soccer field, ball field, fishing pond and walking paths are also available.
Mary Waters Park 1042 Lafayette NE, Grand Rapids, 49503 Renovated in 2016, the park includes a playground, water play area, basketball court and ball diamond.
Martin Luther King Park 900 Fuller Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 49506 Park amenities include a swimming pool, ball diamond, tennis courts, basketball court, playground, picnic tables and fitness center. Lots of shade is available on sunny, hot days at this park.
Riverside Park 2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, 49505 This park, which is the largest in the Grand Rapids parks system within the city limits, offers bike and walking paths along the river, playgrounds, fishing, boat launching, ball diamonds, and disc golf courses.
Versluis Park 3650 Versluis Park Drive NE, Grand Rapids, 49525 Versluis Park includes playground areas, picnic facilities, horseshoes, volleyball, a swimming beach with a fishing pier, boating, and one mile of paved trail. Entrance fee required.
Wilcox Park 100 Youell SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 This park features ball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball court, soccer field and a playground.
Heritage Park 4264 Canal Ave. SW, Grandville, 49418 Playground equipment, pathways and footbridges, an old school house, a soccer field, sand volleyball court, and basketball court round out this park.
Wedgewood Park 3391 Wilson Ave, Grandville MI 49418 Great for the evening sports lover, this park offers lighted football and soccer fields, lighted baseball and softball fields with stands, and lighted horseshoe pits. In addition, there are volleyball courts, playground equipment, picnic shelters and a campfire area.
Danish Kingdom Playground 900 E Kent Rd, Greenville, 48838 A 14,000-square foot wooden play structure makes this park stand out from the rest. A roped bridge, crawl spaces and tubes, a swinging rope, swinging balance beam, slides, and zip line offer even more entertainment.
Tunnel Park 66 Lakeshore Drive, Holland, 49424 Named after the tunnel that takes you through a dune to access Lake Michigan, this park has a playground, picnic area, volleyball courts and concession. Entrance fees apply.
Quincy Park 4260 144th Ave, Holland, 49424 This Park is just off the beaten path in Holland and offers so much for families! Trails, awesome playgrounds, sport fields, and a dog park–just to name a few of its amenities!
Eighth Avenue Park 7050 8th Avenue,Jenison, 49428 This park features a lake, which offers a public beach for swimming, fishing, and a walking trail around the lake. A playground and pavilion are also part of the park’s landscape.
Hager Park 8134 28th Ave, Jenison, 49428 This 104 acre family park is full of beautiful trails and picnic areas. Be sure to check out the park’s Age of Discovery community-built playground, which overlooks a terrain map of the United States.
Maplewood Park 8000 12th Avenue, Jenison, 49428 With both a splash pad and lake, water lovers will rejoice. The park also includes a variety of athletic fields and a playground.
Rosewood Park 1899 Rosewood Street, Jenison, 49426 This park is famous for its sledding hill and the large slip ‘n slide event held in the summer. A playground and soccer field are also available, in addition to a splash pad and a super tall play structure!
Pinewood Park 2000 Wolfboro Dr SE, Kentwood, 49508 The splash pad at Pinewood Park is a huge hit with visitors, as is the large playground area and sports fields.
Veteran’s Memorial Park 331 48th St SE, Kentwood, 49548 Playground features a climbing wall and swings for all ages. The splash pad is perfect for hot summer days.
Fallasburg Park 1124 Fallasburg Rd, Lowell, 49331 This 56 acre park is perfect for playing and picnicking. The park is home to a stream and one of the area’s oldest covered bridges. Fallsburg park goes beyond just offering beautiful scenery and also includes a ball diamond, disc golf, hiking, nature trails, picnicking, playgrounds, and an enclosed shelter house.
Stoney Lakeside Park 1200 Bowes, Lowell, 49331 If your fur baby likes to be included in your family outings, Stoney Lakeside Park is the right fit for your family. The Lowell Dog Park, at Stoney Lakeside Park, is a 31,000 square foot off-leash area, with spots for both small and large dogs.
Glen Park Glen Park Drive, just west of Highland Drive Playground equipment and trails at this park will keep your family actively enjoying the outdoors. The tall trees keep this park shady and cool.
Myers Lake Park 7350 Hessler Dr, Rockford, 49341 This park offers a grassy swimming beach,shaded picnic area, good bathroom facilities, and a large playground. And it is free!
Pickerel Lake Park 6001 Ramsdell Road NE, Cannonsburg, 49317 Pickerel Lake Park is a great place for a family to take a nature walk! The lake and surrounding area provide picturesque views and opportunities for fishing. Cross-country skiing is also available in the winter.
Townsend Park 8280 6 Mile Road NE, Rockford, 49341 Townsend Park is a popular park with beautiful footpath bridges and a pretty stream that winds through it. Townsend Park facilities include baseball diamonds, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking/walking, and a playground.
Johnson Park 2600 Wilson Ave SW, Walker, 49534 This huge park includes disc golf course, a historic shelter, a hiking trail through the woods, playgrounds and a winter sledding hill. Fishing options and boat access on the Grand River.
Millennium Park 1415 Maynard Ave. SW, Walker, 49534 One of the nation’s largest urban parks, it is home to a beach and splash pad, boat rental facilities, a playground, and fishing. With trails totaling 18 miles, there are many opportunities for exploration throughout the park.
Frog Hollow 2050 Metro Court, Wyoming, 49519 This park has a lot to offer in a small area. The playground is filled with equipment for all ages and is universally accessible.
Palmer Park 1275 52nd Street SW, Wyoming, 49509 Great for enjoying the outdoors, this park is home to many trails, letting visitors explore the wetlands and other areas of the park. Kaufman golf course, which is part of Palmer Park, is another bonus. Two large play structures, ball diamonds, fishing, and many opportunities for picnicking are at this park.
Lamar Park 2561 Porter St SW, Wyoming, 49519 This park is home to many special events in the community. It’s attractions include a splashpad, climbing wall and playground equipment. There are also volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, soccer and softball fields, and a baseball field with grandstand.
Pinery Park 2301 DeHoop Ave, Wyoming, 49509 At this park, the enclosed lodge and park area (not shelter and picnic area) are open all year round. A playground, ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and a fitness trail keep this park busy.
Helder Park 3751 104th Ave, Zeeland, 49464 This 159-acre park has something for everyone! Fido is welcome at the dog park (which is open unless the ground is too wet) and the nature lovers will enjoy the northwest portion of the park, which is forested and has a stream. The park also hosts a picnic shelter, playground, two ball fields, and five soccer fields for recreational use.
Huizinga Park 350 Royal Park Drive, Zeeland, 49464 Come visit Timbertown, a large wooden play area, at Huizinga Park. This park also has a large outdoor skate park, fishing, basketball courts, beach volleyball court and ball field.
Zeeland Splash Pad Park 21 South Elm Street, Zeeland, 49464 Have fun right in the heart of Zeeland! The Splash Pad is barrier free and is open to the public Memorial Day – Labor Day.