Local Playgrounds & Kids Play Parks
It’s likely you’re putting “Head to a Kids Park or Playground Near Me” on your bucket list of things to do with kids in Grand Rapids this summer!
There are hundreds of parks in the West Michigan area, though, so it can be difficult to find the best playgrounds.
This list of some of the coolest playgrounds in greater Grand Rapids will help you find a great kids park near you!
Directory of Kids Parks & Playgrounds
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1010 Grand River Dr NE, Ada MI 49301
Roselle Park doesn't have swings or slides on the playground. But it does have a rock wall. And you can climb a silo all the way to the top for incredible views of Ada.
Most of the park is out in the open for a full-sun experience.
Ride or walk down the paved pathway through a beautiful nature preserve full of wetlands, prairie, and forest.
This path is a great place to take your young child and their bike, whether they’re pedaling with training wheels, using a balance bike, or scooting along on their own.
The playground features several climbing features (one is a giant spider web) in addition to a rock wall on the side of the silo. The ground cover is mulch.
1180 Buttrick Ave SE, Ada MI 49301
Ada Township Park is a popular family park home to a fishing pond; basketball, pickleball and tennis courts; soccer and softball fields; and tons of opportunities for exploring.
This large park has a playground, pavilion, and gazebo with grills, picnic tables and paved and natural trails for walking or biking.
The trails are short and connect to the fishing lagoon. You can walk the paved trails around the lagoon, crossing three small wooden bridges as you go. This is a favorite spot for kids to look for fish in the lagoon.
The trails through the woods are short and flat, with a natural surface. It's an easy hike to add on to an afternoon at the playground.
Playground has a wood chip surface, several play structures for every age, and is located near the pavilion and restrooms.
6676 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale MI 49401
Allendale Community Park has TWO splash pads and a giant sandbox, making it a fun kids park for all ages.
Perfect for toddlers, it has a small separate playground as well as a smaller splash pad.
For the older kids, it has a larger playground area with play structures. There is also a second bigger splash pad, a giant sandbox, an Octoball pit, picnic tables, basketball hoops and baseball fields.
Two playgrounds are available, one especially for toddlers. The larger has a huge sandbox, a merry-go-round, swings, a big play structure and more.
The smaller is shaded with pint-sized structures and toddler swings. Playgrounds are both woodchip-based.
2120 76th St SW, Byron Center MI 49315
Whistlesop Park includes walking trails, play equipment, picnic area, athletic fields, and fishing amenities.
You’ll also find baseball & softball fields, play equipment, a 2.5-acre catch and release fishing pond, walking trail, soccer fields, football fields, pavilion and picnic area, and volleyball court.
There is even a dog park with fun climbing structures for your furry friend!
The playground is large and inviting, including a secondary smaller area for toddlers. Both playgrounds feature slides and climbing structures and are over mulch. There are also regular and baby swings.
331 Cascade Rd SE, East Grand Rapids MI 49506
With its community feel, 40-acre Manhattan Park is a popular hangout for East Grand Rapids families.
This super fun kids park has a playground, picnic areas, sand volleyball courts that can be used for sand play when not in use, and is a host for baseball & soccer games. Manhattan Park is a fun place to hammock and you can find a pavilion for rent, nature trails and tennis courts as well.
During the winter, fly down the long sledding hill also located in the park.
Climbing structures, swings and a play structure are all over mulch, in a large, spaced out area.
8212 28th Ave, Georgetown Township MI 49428
Hager Park is huge!
There are so many different things to do - and a "secret," shaded playground with a zipline and "old school" equipment like a merry-go-round.
Dozens of picnic tables, huge open area, tons of woods for hiking and so much more.
Indoor buildings are available for rent.
The large Age of Discovery playground is a wooden structure. Kids playing here and its dozens of hiding spaces.
Due to its large size, it can be difficult for parents to see their kids. The playground surface is sand. There are a couple of accessible swings, but they are also on the sand.
This play area is in full sun with very little shade.
There is a secondary, smaller playground that is almost fully shaded. It was swings, a tall slide, merry-go-round, and teeter-totter all on grass.
There is also a zipline on this playground over grass.
1 Y Drive, Grand Haven MI 49417
Imagination Station is a parent's dream.
The huge playground is so unique with its many structures and equipment.
It is also perfect for toddlers and is accessible with adaptive equipment.
The best part: it is fenced in with one way in and out, so it is safe for little wanderers.
Located behind the Tri-Cities Family YMCA in Mulligan’s Hollow park, this newly redesigned playground is fenced in and features a bouncy, rubber play surface, sure to soften any tumbles your crawler or little walker may take.
The only drawback to this park is trying to get the kids to leave at the end of the day!
The recently updated playground is HUGE!
It features fun details that reflect the city of Grand Haven. Children can find a lighthouse, anchors, familiar street signs, and a Coast Guard boat while playing.
In addition to cool landmarks, there are new slides, rock walls and rope structures.
Perfect for toddlers with a separate structure and the entire playground is fenced in!
It is also handicap accessible.
The ground is soft and bouncy and there are ramps in place of stairs.
2865 Thornhills Avenue SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546
Cascade Township Park has it ALL! From the amazing playground to the dog park to the many opportunities for sports, this park is worth the drive from near or far.
Kids will want to spend all day here (especially if there are low plane flyovers from the airport nearby!), so pack a lunch, some sunscreen, and sand toys and get ready for a treat!
There is a one-mile paved walking loop around the outer edge of the park and an 18-hole disc golf course, in addition to basketball courts, a dog park, and pickleball courts.
The playground is fairly new and has a cushiony rubber surface.
It has unique and uncommon toys like a saucer swing, a net climbing structure, a small sandbox, and of course large structures with plenty of crawling, climbing, and sliding opportunities.
The playground is fantastic for older kids down to toddlers. There is not a separate toddler area, but many structures are low to the ground and designed for parents to accompany playing toddlers.
1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park contains over 150 acres of fun for residents and visitors alike.
Plus, the Children's Garden is filled with toddler activities galore! With a treehouse, log cabin, butterfly maze, and a great lakes garden for sailing plastic ships (plus so much more), this garden will seem new each time you visit.
With breathtaking landscaping, thoughtful sculpture art, and hands-on children’s activities indoors and out, it’s easy to spend an entire day at this West Michigan magnet for family entertainment. FEE.
2060 Oakfield Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
This neighborhood park got a major facelift in 2019 with the installation of a bunch of new playground equipment.
It is now a universally-accessible playground and features a bunch of climbing structures, spinning items, and basketball courts.
This super fun kids park also has basketball & tennis courts and picnic areas to enjoy a packed lunch.
This gorgeous, colorful playground is universally accessible.
Kids of all ages will love playing on the slides, swings, climbing structures and musical interest areas.
Plus the updated version of a merry go round is a unique feature kids love!
With its soft rubber ground cover, this playground is great for toddlers as well as older kids.
1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids MI 49504
John Ball Park is the perfect stop before, during or after your trip to John Ball Zoo.
The kids will love exploring three different parks, and there are a ton of places for a picnic lunch.
Plan to spend a full and fun-filled day at the zoo and this trio of parks.
You have several playgrounds to choose from at this park.
Valley View has a huge structure, shaded picnic tables and a pond.
Picnic Acre is a secluded, woodchip-surfaced area to the south of the park. You'll find slides, swings, climbing fun and lots of picnic tables.
Hilltop Park, known best as The Hidden Playground, is found at the park's south side off Butterworth Ave, just opposite the Kent Trails Bike Path.
Here you'll find a play structure, pretty views, as well as a beautiful stone pavilion to rent.
In 2019, a new accessible playground was unveiled. This playground is located at the southeast side of the park near Sacred Heart Academy on the corner of Park Street SW and Valley Avenue SW.
1836 East Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525
Grand Rapids Township Park is a fun kids park that offers a large playground that kids will love - from toddlers to older kids.
There is also a lot of green space at the park for kids to run around and burn up some energy.
The playground is large and surfaced with woodchips. Play structures are available for toddlers as well.
3391 Wilson Ave, Grandville MI 49418
The kids will love seeing the ducks at Wedgwood Park before heading off to the playground to play.
The park is also next to Buck Creek Trail, so hiking and biking is an option - and if you want to stick around for lunch or dinner, there are picnic shelters with tables, a campfire area and charcoal grills.
Older kids can practice their skills on the baseball/softball and football/soccer fields.
This fun playground has a medium sized play structure for kids to work on their climbing and sliding skills. There's even a climbing structure shaped like a car!
Go for a spin on the merry-go-round or rest on the digging seat to play in the sand.
Kids will also love the swings - regular, baby and adaptive options.
The entire playground is on mulch.
298 East Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings MI 49058
Kids love playing on TangleTown at this fun kids park.
The huge wooden play structure is complete with twisty slides, bridges, towers and tons to climb on.
There is also a separate fenced-in toddler playground.
Not interested in a play structure? Practice your baseball or tennis game instead or enjoy flying a kite through the wide open fields.
The playground is home to TangleTown, a massive wooden play structure with tons of slides, bridges, climbing fun and more.
There is also a tire swing, regular swings and a separate fenced in area perfect for toddlers.
Most of the playground is shaded and has woodchips or sand.
85 East 6th St, Holland MI 49423
Window on the Waterfront park features lots of open space, picnic tables, and a new Nature Playscape.
You’ll also find pathways with observation decks overlooking a marshy area of the Macatawa River.
You can see the old windmill from the walking path, too.
It’s a popular destination during the annual Tulip Time festival as well.
The Sally Smoly Nature Playscape is a gift to any kid.
This playscape is nature play for all and is family-friendly.
Play features include climbing walls, tunnels, logs, boulders, slides, nets, and sandboxes.
1899 Rosewood St, Jenison MI 49428
Rosewood Park is a kid magnet. The playground and splash pad are very well kept, and their equipment appeals to a range of ages.
Rosewood Park has a two-story slide! And a splash pad!
There are two separate playground areas here, both with recycled tires ground covering. There is a smaller play area for toddlers.
Everything is out in the open so it's easy to keep an eye on kids at different play structures.
The larger playground has a huge two-story slide.
The playground flooring gets very hot in the sun so water shoes would be a good idea.
8000 12th Avenue, Jenison MI 49428
With both a splash pad and lake, water lovers will rejoice.
The park also includes a variety of athletic fields, a walking path, and a playground.
Enjoy the beauty of nature and the slight breeze off the lake as you walk the 1 mile paved pathway around the lake.
The signage on the playground has one section as 2+ and another as 5+, but it is one big unit.
There is not a separate toddler playground.
The uppermost levels of the play structure have open spaces to climbers that may make parents of toddlers nervous.
The surface is recycled tires.
355 48th St. SE, Kentwood MI 49508
Located next to the Kentwood Activities Center, Veterans Memorial Park has a newer playground, restrooms, new picnic shelter and a splash pad.
Athletes can play soccer, tennis or basketball.
Next time you walk or ride the East West trail, stop by for a visit!
The tall playground at Veteran's Memorial Park offers long, twisty slides plus several climbing structures.
There's also a fun merry-go-round and swings.
All play structures are over a rubber surface and paved paths lead from one section to another, making it easily accessible for all.
1124 Fallasburg Park Dr. NE, Lowell MI 49331
Fallasburg Park is a beautiful, picturesque park located just north of Lowell in the historic Fallasburg community.
Spanning over 250 acres (including parts of the North Country Trail), this is a popular place for kids and families to hike, explore an historic covered bridge, play on the playground, or take fall family photos.
There are various play structures throughout the park. The main structure, at the main entrance area, has a mixture of paved turf and wood chips.
Toddlers would best enjoy the smaller play structure near the covered bridge, though the main playground is great for all ages.
3510 Channel Drive, Muskegon MI 49441
Beach sport enthusiasts will love Pere Marquette Park.
Rent jet-skis & paddleboards, take a kite-boarding lesson, and play sand volleyball.
Those looking for a more relaxing trip to the beach will find a playground, restaurant and concessions, wheelchair accessible beach walk, picnic tables and restrooms.
Pere Marquette beach is raked daily, so it is no surprise it is listed as one of the cleanest beaches by the National Healthy Beaches Campaign and the Clean Beaches Council.
Very large structure with many options for play, including multiple slides & tunnel, all over sandy beach.
1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker MI 49534
This sprawling, 1,400 acre park offers endless activities.
Experience 18 miles of trails (both paved and unpaved) for both bikers and hikers, playgrounds, shelter rentals, and expansive water sports fun - including both a beach and a splash pad.
People come here to swim, boat, bike, bird watch, picnic, play volleyball, cross country ski and more.
If your toddler loves the water, but the waves and deep waters of nearby Lake Michigan make you uneasy, this is a great option for little ones to get outside and enjoy the water.
This park is home to a 100-acre lake with some shallow areas and no waves, making for a great toddler activity.
There are three different playground sections at this park, one for the younger kids, one for the older kids, and one ninja warrior course. The playgrounds are outside of the fenced-off beach area and have a nice grassy area nearby.
Kids and families that like to watch American Ninja Warrior on television will love testing their mettle on the new play equipment at Millennium Park.
Multiple obstacles and structures comprise the playground, which is geared toward older kids.
This design is the first in the USA and Millennium Park is excited to debut it here right in Grand Rapids.
2561 Porter Street SW, Wyoming MI 49519
If your family has a variety of interests, Lamar Park is your one-stop-shop for everyone's entertainment.
Sports fields & courts, a climbing wall, huge splash pad, playground, walking path and amazing picnic areas to enjoy a meal al fresco make Lamar Park the perfect way to spend a family day together.
Very large playground area with a variety of options for kids, including slides & climbing structures.
There is also a big climbing wall to challenge all ages.
All play areas are over mulch.
2050 Metro Court SW, Wyoming MI 49519
Frog Hollow Park is simply a great playground! It is perfect for kids of all ages and abilities and is extra safe with its rubber topped playground and fenced-in area.
The two-acre park has three different play areas to accommodate different ages and is packed with plenty of options for play.
What makes it so great for toddlers is that it is well contained with only one exit, making it easy to keep an eye on your toddler, especially those that like to wander off.
Playground floor is rubber topped, and equipment is good for older kids, toddlers and those with disabilities.
There are plenty of climbing, sliding and swinging opportunities here.
The best part about the playground is that it is fenced in with one entrance/exit - equals peace of mind for parents!
2301 De Hoop Ave, Wyoming MI 49509
Pinery Park in Wyoming is a great place to exercise whether you are a kid or adult, and pack a lunch afterwards for a shady al fresco lunch.
This fun kids park boasts a paved fitness path with exercise equipment along the way, numerous picnic shelters, disc golf course among mature trees, basketball & tennis courts and baseball fields.
In the winter, bring a sled and enjoy the hills Pinery Park has to offer.
The playground at Pinery Park is a great place for kids to burn off energy.
They'll love the climbing structures, swings, merry-go-round and plenty of open space to run.
One of the three climbing structures is toddler sized, complete with a just-their-size slide.
With a tunnel and a bouncy toy, kids of all ages will love this playground set over mulch.
350 Royal Park Drive, Zeeland MI 49464
This park has it ALL!
The playground is perfect for kids of any age - even toddlers with its padded surface and low equipment.
Kids will adore the zipline, and the older kids will be thrilled that this park also has a skate park.
Add to these things a beautiful fishing pond and lots of sporting options - this park is a solid destination.
There is so much to do on this huge playground!
The huge variety of spinning, climbing, swinging and sliding fun includes an updated merry-go-round, rope climbing course, monkey bars, slides, swings and even a zipline.
A smaller play structure is perfect for toddlers.
Play structures are on a padded surface while the rest of the equipment is over woodchips.
3751 104th Avenue, Zeeland MI 49464
Helder Park has it ALL!
A day of fun for the whole family awaits at this park.
Start your day at the park with playground time, a nice walk, some sports (lots of sport options here!) - and even bring along your four-legged family member for some social time at the dog park.
This park boasts two playgrounds - one for kids ages 2-5, and one for kids 5 and up.
Playgrounds are woodchipped and have plenty of climbing structures, slides and even a merry-go-round!
Playgrounds are located close together, making the park ideal for families with children of any age.
7430 River St SE, Ada MI 49301
Legacy Park is a brand new park in downtown Ada.
Located along the Thornapple River, there's a cute playground, beautiful amphitheater and is in walking distance to ice cream at the Ada Village General Store.
The playground at Legacy Park is over woodchips.
Equipment is new in 2021 and features four slides, monkey bars, and lots of places to climb and explore.
6811 Alpine Ave, Alpine Township MI 49321
If you're looking for a great park to hike, Wahlfield Park is the place to go. Kids will love the visual scavenger hunt and crossing several wooden bridges along the trails.
Trails are for hikers and mountain bikers.
Enjoy your lunch at picnic tables at the trailhead while the kids play on the playground.
Large play structure for a wide range of ages, with climbing areas and swings surrounded by mulch.
6300 Belshire Ave, Belmont MI 49306
Rogue River Park isn't just a really great name - it is a really fun park!
Visitors may recognize Rogue River Park as a major trailhead for the Fred Meijer White Pine State Trail, but the park has something for everyone.
Whether you're looking for nature trails, river access, a playground, or sports fields, you can find it at this fun kids park.
Two separate play structures, one for toddlers and one for older children. Play area also has multiple slides, swings and is over mulch.
399 84th St SE, Byron Center MI 49315
Brewer Park is an outdoor activity mecca.
Disc golf, baseball & soccer fields, tennis courts, soccer complex, sand volleyball and cricket are just some of the activities you can do here.
There is also a short 1/4 natural surface loop trail. It goes through the woods and climbs a hill behind the picnic shelter.
From the north parking lot, a three-quarter mile paved trail connects the park to Eastern Ave.
The small playground at Brewer Park is over woodchips.
Kids can climb, slide and play on the single structure.
370 N Lake St SE, Caledonia MI 49316
Pack your picnic lunches and head to Caledonia Lakeside Park for a day of fun!
Play on the two playgrounds, walk or bike the trail into town for ice cream, try your luck at fishing, or run and play in the open spaces.
The park serves as a staging area for the Thornapple Trail, which is a paved trail that leads to downtown Caledonia. Walkers, bikers and joggers can take advantage of this trail.
Enjoy your lunch at this fun kids park in either an open or closed shelter or dozens of picnic tables.
The park doesn't slow down during winter, with a large sledding hill and opportunities for ice fishing.
There is also short 1/3 mile walking trail around the park through the woods.
The park offers both a large and a small playground, with play structures for the big and the little kids.
22200 24th Avenue, Casnovia MI 49318
Grose Park is a hidden gem!
You could spend all day here, swimming at the beach, walking through the woods and along the creek, fishing and playing horseshoes.
Adults and kids will love the beautiful views of the lake, creek, woods (and wildflowers in the spring!).
Woodchip-topped with large play structures, offering plenty of sliding and climbing for older kids as well as younger ones.
1035 68th St SE, Dutton MI 49316
Creekside Park offers everything you need for a day of fun and leisurely strolls.
With plenty of playground space and lots of trail options, kids and adults will love this park. The bridge over the creek is also beautiful - this park is a great escape from busy city life!
At the north end of the park, a 0.4 mile paved trail connects the park to the Fred Meijer M-6 Trail.
At the south end of the park, another short 1/3 mile long paved trail loops around the playground, shelter and picnic area.
The third trail connects the two sections of the park and features a scenic bridge in the middle over the creek.
A grassy unpaved hiking trail breaks off from the paved trails at the north end of the park, making a half loop around the playground and restrooms.
Creekside Park has two separate playgrounds, connected by a paved trail with a bridge in the middle, offering a scenic view of the creek running through the park.
Each playground offers huge climbing structures with slides, rock walls, ladders and more. Both playgrounds are topped with woodchips.
7343 Hammond Ave, Dutton MI 49316
Dutton Shadyside Park is a great picnic spot! Not only is there a picnic pavilion, but there are six open picnic areas, with plenty of shade. Tall shady maple trees and a winding creek are key features of this park.
Kids will love the big playground structures, running around the grassy areas and exploring.
A ball diamond, playground, and an open shelter are available. This is a good place to play bocce ball.
The woodchip-topped playground boasts two large play structures. You will find a tube slide, a twisty slide and plenty of places for climbing.
18775 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg MI 49409
Have a Grand Haven beach experience without the crowds! This beach is where the locals go to avoid the tourists.
When you need a break from playing on the beach, take a short hike up the wooden stairway to see the views from the top of the sand dunes.
Restrooms are only open in the summer.
Dogs are not allowed from May 1 - September 30. They must be leashed the rest of the year.
Modern, colorful play structure with monkey bars and slides over sandy, rubber tiles.
18161 North Shore Drive, Ferrysburg MI 49409
Coast Guard Park is a park-goer's gem! It checks so many boxes for a day full of family fun.
Start out your day hiking the trails through the dunes to the lookout for breathtaking views, spend time at the playground, and pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the shelter.
Your furry family members will even enjoy this park with a fenced in area to ditch the leash.
Round out your afternoon with a dip in the lake - just a short walk from the park!
A huge play structure here with lots of fun slides and a cool rock climbing tower.
Swings are also available.
Benches for watchful parents surround the playground area.
11758 Buchanan Street, Grand Haven MI 49417
What doesn't Robinson Township Park have?
Visitors will find a picnic area and shelter with grills, playground, restrooms, hiking & equestrian trails, biking paths, and athletic fields.
Don't forget Fido - this park is dog-friendly!
Large shaded play area with multiple climbing features and swings over mulch.
1001 Harbor Avenue, Grand Haven MI 49417
Grand Haven State Park is a perfect day destination to enjoy the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Kids and adults will love the endless sandy beach, jumping big waves, strolling the pier to the lighthouse and, of course, walking to get ice cream!
Rubber surface with plenty of climbing, sliding and crawling activities.
133 Fitzgerald Park Drive, Grand Ledge MI 48837
Fitzgerald Park is worth the drive for a perfect day of exploration with the whole family!
The nature trails lead to stunning views, the kids have plenty of places to play, photo ops are top notch and there is no shortage of things to do here - from disc golf to kayaking to a fish ladder and more.
This wonderful park is best known as the home of the “Ledges”—ancient sedimentary rock outcroppings lining the shores of the Grand River.
Facilities include six picnic sites, three miles of trails, volleyball, basketball, playground. Kayak launch for privately owned boats.
It's just a 40-minute drive for those used to hiking in Grand Rapids.
Two playgrounds are available - one for older kids and one for smaller. Playground surface is sand.
3650 Versluis Park NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525
If you can't go to Lake Michigan, head to Versluis Park!
Families love the accessible beach ramp, kayak & canoe launch, LIFEGUARDS, and restrooms. Plus covered eating area, grills and picnic tables throughout the park.
Review the rules prior to heading out since it's a former gravel pit.
Versluis Park has two playgrounds, and both are accessible.
The play area by the beach is over sand, lower to the ground and a tube for crawling. By the shelters, the playground is longer with interactive toys across the ramps.
2401 Buchanan SW, Grand Rapids MI 49548
Wheels of all sizes are welcome on the paved walking and biking trails at Plaster Creek Family Park in Grand Rapids.
Sports fans will be entertained by the baseball fields, soccer fields and tennis courts.
Kids have their choice of natural or traditional playgrounds.
The paved walking path winds in and out of woods and meadows for a gorgeous, easy walk.
During colder months, bring the sled out and enjoy the family friendly hills.
The small playground on a rubber surface is perfect for smaller kids.
Plus they will love playing on the natural playground over mulch as well.
2531 Kalamazoo Ave SE,, Grand Rapids MI 49507
Opportunities for the athlete in everyone abound at MacKay-Jaycees Park in Grand Rapids.
Play a game of baseball, basketball, volleyball or tennis. Plus there's even exercise equipment for adults!
Grown-ups will love using the free WiFi under the shady trees while their kids get the wiggles out on the playground.
There's also both paved and natural surface walking paths.
The small, but interesting playground includes opportunities to climb and slide, all over a rubber surface.
2399 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
A day at Huff Park will make both parents and kids happy!
Kids will love climbing around on the updated playground and exploring the wooded trails, and parents will love the gorgeous views along the long boardwalk.
Playground is woodchip-topped and recently updated. Lots of fun climbing and swinging options!
50 Antoine SW, Grand Rapids MI 49507
Campau Park is perfect for a hot summer's day, where kids can run from the sunny playground to the cooling splash pad. This fun kids park also offers a large basketball court, a picnic shelter and picnic tables throughout.
The playground's surface is woodchipped and has tons of play structures, including slides, a climbing net, bridges, swings and more.
725 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Cherry Park is a small urban community park perfect for a summer's day. The water playground and two playground areas are close together, with benches and picnic tables nearby for parents to sit and relax and watch the kids.
The woodchipped surface playground has a couple of twisty slides, a merry-go-round and a climbing dome. It has benches for parents and is adjacent to the splash pad.
1632 Sylvan Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
Mulick Park's large splash pad is the perfect place to cool off in the summers.
With a playground, picnic area, baseball diamonds and tennis courts, it has something for the whole family.
This fun kids park also provides thrills during the chillier months with shorter sledding hills, perfect for younger kiddos.
Small playground with musical areas over mulch.
1042 Lafayette NE, Grand Rapids MI 49507
Mary Waters Park is all about visitors staying cool, featuring a shaded playground, a splash pad with water fountains and a covered picnic area.
The fun continues in the winter, with a long gradual hill that is perfect for sledders of all ages.
Shaded, medium sized play structure with monkey bars and climbing options over mulch.
700 College NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Highland Park is an urban park with lots of options for both kids and adults.
The splash pad is a huge attraction for the kids, while the disc golf course draws the teens and adults.
You can also find some short walking paths.
Playground has a woodchip surface with a large play structure and a merry-go-round.
1120 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504
Lincoln Park is an oasis just west of downtown Grand Rapids, where visitors will enjoy the playground, fenced basketball courts and larger splash pad in the summertime.
This fun park is also reviewed as one of the cleanest parks around, with well manicured open fields perfect for chasing kids.
Pack a lunch, too, because there are plenty of picnic tables.
Shorter playground perfect for younger kids, with swings & climbing structure all over mulch.
2500 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids MI 49507
The Kroc Center's outdoor campus has an awesome park that will keep kids entertained for hours.
The "dinosaur fossil" sand play area will be a huge hit, along with the fun structures on the playground.
Take a short stroll on the paved walking path, have lunch on the picnic tables, and be sure to visit the pond to scope out some fish.
Playground has a large structure with a big slide.
Lots of swings and spinning and climbing structures as well, plus a sandbox!
Surface is woodchipped.
1031 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
Joe Taylor Park is a small, modest park in an urban neighborhood.
Kids will love the splash pad with its bucket dumpers, and parents will love the toddler-focused playground and benches surrounding the park.
This park is perfect for a couple of hours of fun on a hot summer day!
Playground is small, woodchip-surfaced and perfect for toddlers.
You'll find baby swings, a small structure with slides and a fun springy merry-go-round.
739 Van Raalte SW, Grand Rapids MI 49503
The kids will have a great time going back and forth between the playground and the splash pad at Roosevelt Park.
Parents will enjoy the free WiFi and covered picnic shelters to camp out while the kiddos play.
Play structure has slides over mulch.
900 Fuller Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
MLK Park, nicknamed King Park by the neighborhood, is a large community park on the city's southeast side.
In addition to a playground underneath aged shade trees, there are numerous tennis and basketball courts for local and team playing, baseball diamonds, and everyone's favorite: a large pool with a massive water slide!
MLK's playground is located on the southwest end of the sprawling park (Fuller and Alexander). These playgrounds are shaded by gorgeous old trees, making it a great spot for a hot summer day.
546 Rumsey SW, Grand Rapids MI 49503
This neighborhood park is located between the Roosevelt Park and Black Hills neighborhoods and is named in honor of professional baseball player Roberto Clemente.
A beautiful pavilion and gorgeous landscaping make for the backdrop of this park in southwest GR.
New bathrooms, grills and large shaded green space make for a great place to spend the afternoon.
The playground consists of a large wooden structure with netting for climbing.
300 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Fuller Park is perfect for the whole family, from the kids to the furry members of your family!
Splash pad offers refreshment on a hot day, and dogs can play at the dog park.
Playground has a woodchip surface, with plenty of equipment to climb, slide and run around on. Benches are also available around the playground for watching parents.
2111 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49507
Garfield Park is an urban park with two great playgrounds for kids of all ages!
Even teens and adults will find this park a solid destination with its disc golf, volleyball, basketball courts and free WiFi.
Two playgrounds to choose from - one for older kids and one more suitable for toddlers.
Both playgrounds are woodchip-topped and have plenty of choices for climbing, sliding and spinning.
2230 Eastern Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
This fun kids park boasts a playground, green space to run, picnic areas and a Michigan-themed splash pad. Aberdeen Park is an urban park perfect for kids of all ages. Older kids will love the basketball court, soccer field, tennis courts and ball diamond.
This urban park, perfect for older and younger kids, is woodchip-topped and has one large play structure, plenty of swings and more climbing fun. The playground is not shaded. Restrooms, as well as the splash pad, are adjacent to the playground.
100 Youell SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
A sweet little getaway in the city! Splash pad, basketball & tennis courts, picnic tables & an enclosed shelter, and two playgrounds with separate climbing structures.
They even have some old school playground equipment. It's also a good place to hammock, play frisbee, or fly a kite.
Two modern playsets over mulch, including slides, swings and climbing structures. Woodchip ground cover.
921 Alger St SE, Grand Rapids MI 49507
Alger Park is a fun kids park for everyone!
Older kids and adults will love the bike and walking trails, track and sports fields and courts. The younger kids will have a blast on the playground and the splash pad.
The playground has a woodchip floor, with two large play structures, a slide, swings, a merry-go-round and plenty of things to climb on.
2001 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
Not only is Riverside Park perfect for soaking in some scenic views of the Grand River, but there is also something for everyone at this fun park.
From disc golf, fishing, a kayak launch, and a playground to pavilions with grills, athletic fields and a paved, multi-use walking and biking trail, Riverside Park checks all the boxes.
The paved path follows the Grand River for a mile and includes an awesome iron bridge over the flowing water.
And for those parents who just want to relax and take a breath, there is free WiFi!
There are multiple play areas in Riverside Park.
The modern equipment has ample opportunities for climbing, sliding and swinging.
The playground equipment has mulch ground covering.
1101 Richmond NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504
Richmond Park is a gem for visitors looking for an urban oasis and perfect for year-found entertainment.
Guests will get to choose from playgrounds, baseball diamonds, basketball & tennis courts, and a mountain bike trail during warmer months.
In the winter, bundle up and hit the sledding hills or cross-country ski trails offered at this fun kids park.
The pool area has spray features, huge curly water slide, zero depth entry, accessible lift, concessions and picnic tables.
Partially shaded play structure with tall and shorter slides over mulch.
350 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505
Briggs Park is the place to go for summertime fun. They have a huge pool and a massive waterslide - plus poolside concessions. Take a break from the water to explore the playground, play a game of basketball or enjoy your lunch at the picnic tables at this fun kids park.
The playground is a little walk from the pool area. There are a couple of large play structures, a few swings (including baby swings) and benches and picnic tables throughout. It has a woodchip surface.
1800 Greenly Street, Grandville MI 49418
Adults can enjoy the sounds of the flowing spring, and the sights & smells of the small natural area with beautiful wildflowers while the kids play on the playground at charming Spring Grove Park.
Guests will also find picnic tables with grills, a ball field and short walking paths to key use areas.
Playstructure is located in a wooded setting over mulch with picnic tables surrounding the play area.
4264 Canal Ave, Grandville MI 49418
Heritage Park is a fun kids park with a little of everything.
Kids will love time on the playground, followed by some fishing and checking out the ducks and geese around the pond.
Paved walkways line the fishing pond. A dock with a wooden deck also juts out into the pond.
Adults and older kids will have a ball playing disc golf, sand volleyball or basketball on the lighted court.
Woodchip-surfaced with plenty of options for older and younger kids.
11220 Springhill Drive, Greenville MI 48838
Wabasis Lake Park is an outdoor enthusiast's dream.
Explore the beautiful hiking trails or catch a fish. Splash around on the sandy beach, set the kids loose on the playground, or play a sport.
There is a four-lane boat launch, and the park connects to a campground with hook-ups and cabin rentals if you're looking for an extended stay.
This park offers short jaunts through the woods, connecting different areas of the park on natural surfaced trails.
The longest walking trail is about 1/2 mile long, running between the beach parking lot and the spring house near the boat ramp.
Four separate playgrounds within the park, though one is for campground users only. All play structures have climbing areas and slides over mulch.
66 Lakeshore Drive, Holland MI 49424
Walk through a tunnel in a dune to enter Tunnel Park.
Families love the playground, dune climb and a dune stairway, picnic areas, two picnic shelters, four sand volleyball courts, modern restrooms, and seasonal concession with vending machines.
Pets permitted on leash October - April only.
The only way down to the beach is down a wooden staircase or a set of dunes, so plan accordingly. Sandy trails to key use areas, including through the tunnel to a beach overlook deck.
Playground includes slides with separate climbing structures over sand.
1230 Paw Paw Drive, Holland MI 49423
With the addition of formerly known Macatawa Park, the now 172 acre Paw Paw Park is a naturalist's dream come true.
The bridges, boardwalks and observation decks follow the river, offering beautiful, scenic views of nature.
Paw Paw Park encourages visitors to enjoy the park on paved or natural surface trails, a playground, or during a game of disc golf.
During the colder months, enjoy the silence of winter on snow shoes or cross country skis.
Smaller yet engaging playground with a tall slide over mulch on the west end of the park.
2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland MI 49424
Holland State Park makes for the perfect summer park day!
Kids will love working up a sweat climbing the dunes and then hitting the waves to cool off.
The whole family will love a walk on the pier to check out the lighthouse, Big Red.
Playground is on the beach and full of fun for kids. It was also recently updated.
4260 144th Avenue, Holland MI 49424
Quincy Park offers guests a little bit of everything!
Visitors will find little league and soccer fields, paved walking trails covered by large mature trees, picnic tables and two sets of play equipment.
Don't forget your furry friend, because Quincy Park also has a very nice shaded dog park suitable for big and small dogs.
Quincy Park has two sunny, spectacular playgrounds, one near each entrance.
The one nearest to the dog park offers soft, bouncy flooring, fun pretend-play activities, and awesome rock climbing boulders.
5470 40th Avenue, Hudsonville MI 49426
Hughes Park is a Hudsonville park with mature trees, play equipment/playground, and an 18-hole disc golf course.
New playground equipment with a section great for little kids, toddlers, and preschoolers.
9473 28th Ave, Jenison MI 49428
Grand River Park is perfect if you are looking for a full day of play and exercise.
Kids will love fishing off the dock on the small lake and playing on the playground.
Parents will love hiking (or skiing in the winter) the scenic trails.
Pack a picnic lunch and snag a picnic table by the playground to round out your day.
Woodchip-topped with large play structure.
7050 8th Avenue, Jenison MI 49428
Eighth Avenue Park is an awesome destination for a park day.
Kids will love playing on the cool playground and then splashing around in the lake.
A one-mile walk on the paved path around the lake and the large dock jutting out into the lake rounds out a perfect day here.
Rubber surfaced, with a large play structure, a twisty slide, swings, a toddler-sized structure - with benches on the perimeter.
2000 Wolfboro Dr SE, Kentwood MI 49508
Pinewood Park offers visitors several playing fields and courts, large colorful play structures, a covered pavilion, and a splash pad.
Pinewood Park also has lots of open area, with a soccer field, baseball diamond, skateboarding ramps and basketball courts.
In addition to the playgrounds, there is also a sandy area for digging and playing younger kids will love.
Large colorful play structures with multiple climbing features and slides.
There are also smaller slides and spaces for toddlers.
All play areas are over mulch.
1200 Bowes Road, Lowell MI 49331
Bring Fido to this kid and dog friendly park in Lowell!
Stoney Lakeside Park offers a sandy beach for kids to cool off after playing on the modern play structure.
Visitors will also find an easy spot to launch a kayak or paddleboard, and great fishing spots along the shore.
The dog park is a fenced-in space with benches for owners, and access to the lake (not people friendly). There is also a separate area for small dogs.
Modern play structure with climbing features over a mulch surface.
12200 Grand River Dr SE, Lowell MI 49331
Lowell's Grand Riverfront Park consists of two sections, North and South, that are joined by a splendid new walking bridge over the Grand River.
The 80-acre Grand River Riverfront Park includes two islands.
The south portion of the park has a canoe launch, two softball fields, a lacrosse field, 8 soccer fields, and a playground with equipment designed for ages 4 to 12. There's also a mile-long paved nature/walking path, a scenic overlook and fishing pier on the Grand River, one large picnic shelter with restroom facilities and one smaller one without. The park is open to the public every day from 8 AM to dusk, except for days that snow or water make driving in the park unsafe. Restrooms are closed from late October until late March.
The North side of the park is easily accessed at the corner of Bowes Road and Fulton Street in Lowell Charter Township. This side of the park has a small playground, gaga ball pit, pickle ball courts, and an ice cream shop (in season)
South Grand River Riverfront Park: The playground here has a woodchip surface and is surrounded by large open fields.
North Grand River Riverfront Park: The playground at the North side of this park includes a gaga ball pit, a small playset, and pickleball courts.
8800 M116, Ludington MI 49431
Pack up the family and your beach gear and head up for a great day at Ludington State Park.
Kids and parents will have a ball playing at the beaches, hiking the sand dunes, exploring the many trails and having lunch staring at the gorgeous views of the lakes!
Playground available at Hamlin Lake.
8280 6 Mile Road, Rockford MI 49317
Townsend Park is a perfect mix of nature and family-friendly activities. Follow the path over the stone bridge to the shaded playground, then take a hike on a well-maintained wooded trail.
Townsend Park also has baseball diamonds, fishing, and creek stomping for a day of fun.
Townsend Park has three separate playgrounds.
The shaded playgrounds feature slides and climbing features, including a rock wall.
The surface is mulched.
7350 Hessler Dr NE, Rockford MI 49341
A day at Myers Lake Park is like a mini vacation.
Kids can spend all day here playing on the beach, fishing in the lake, playing on the huge play structures and having a picnic lunch in the shade.
Both playgrounds are woodchip-surfaced with large play structures for older kids to toddlers.
10401 Algoma Ave NE, Rockford MI 49341
Algoma Sports Park is perfect for a fun-filled afternoon.
The playground has several unique play structures, and there is plenty of grassy space for kids to run around and burn up some energy.
The pavilion has plenty of picnic tables and offers some nice shade from the sunny playground.
A .64 mile paved walking path surrounds the park.
The woodchip-topped playground has swings, slides, and plenty of climbing options, including a fun climbing net structure. Some of the structures are low to the ground, making this playground a great place for toddlers.
Glen Park Drive, Rockford MI 49341
Glen Park is a like a mini getaway into nature with its wooded setting, nature trails, boardwalk and picnic setting.
Kids will love the huge play structure and climbing rock!
Woodchip surfaced with large play structure, rock climber and more.
13747 Krauskopf NE, Sparta MI 49345
Long Lake Park checks lot of boxes.
Kids will enjoy not one, but two playgrounds, followed by a nice swim at the beach.
Lots of shaded areas for picnicking to round out the day.
Pack up the kayaks and canoes for a fun time on the lake.
Two playgrounds - one near the beach and one is near the wooded picnic area.
Both playgrounds have structures with lots of options - bridges, sliding and climbing.
152 N State St, Sparta MI 49345
William Rogers Village Park is the perfect spot for young kids!
It boasts a stone-wall enclosed playground with swings, splash pad, paved pedestrian paths and volleyball court.
Take a walk on the paved pedestrian trails.
During warmer months the large band shell performance area hosts concerts and events. Extra bonus: there is also a nearby ice cream shop!
Stone-wall enclosed play area with lots of climbing options and swings, all over mulch.
2600 Wilson Ave, Walker MI 49534
Johnson Park is a huge park with lots of shade trees - perfect for a hot summer day with the whole family!
Kids can explore TWO playgrounds and will love all the space to run.
Parents will love that this is a clean park with beautiful views and lots of picnic areas to make a fun day of it.
Two playgrounds are available - the yellow and the red. They are woodchipped and offer large structures with lots of slides, swings and climbing areas.
9791 Lakeshore Drive, West Olive MI 49460
4050 Byron Center SW, Wyoming MI 49519
Lemery Park is a Wyoming gem.
Kids will have hours of fun playing on the playground, fishing in Buck Creek and walking the paved trail.
Pack a picnic lunch and snag one of the picnic tables and enjoy the beautiful views of the creek.
The wide paved trail winds along Buck Creek.
Woodchip-surfaced playground with large play structure offering lots of sliding, climbing and crawling opportunities for kids.
1275 52nd St SW, Wyoming MI 49509
Palmer Park is the perfect place to host your next shaded picnic.
The wooded picnic area and open shelterhouse are situated right next to the playground, making it easy to grab a bite and stay cool on hot summer days.
Palmer Park also features baseball diamonds, paved bike path, natural surface hiking trails, fishing spots and an 18-hole golf course.
Two separate smaller, shaded play areas over mulch.
1380 42nd St SW, Wyoming MI 49509
Oriole Park is in a fantastic residential neighborhood that is perfect for any warm weather outing.
This park has a partially enclosed playground area with multiple slides situated right next to a splash pad when the kids are ready to cool off.
Make a day of it and enjoy a lunch in the picnic area, or get your exercise in on the basketball or tennis courts and paved walking/biking path.
Get in your steps on the paved half-mile walking and biking path around Oriole Park.
This partially enclosed, shorter playground has multiple slides and climbing features.
Kids can also swing the day away or for a spin on the merry-go-round. Or practice their gymnastics skills on the bars.
The entire playground is over mulch and is next to the splash pad so kids can back and forth between the two.
A wide open grassy space, benches nearby and a covered pavilion provide plenty of seating options for supervising parents.
4125 Jefferson Ave SE, Wyoming MI 49548
Southlawn Park is located in a residential area and is the perfect place to pack a lunch and cool down.
It features a splash pad, small playground, open fields and picnic tables.
Please note there are not any restrooms onsite so go before you hit the road!
Smaller play area has swings, climbing wall, balance beam over mulch.
Grand Rapids is Bursting with Playgrounds & Kids Parks to Explore
Exploring new parks is a great way to get out and discover different parts of West Michigan without spending a lot of money.
Getting outside and enjoying the fresh air is more popular than ever these days, so that’s why we’ve revamped the West Michigan Playground Guide to help you find your family’s next favorite kids park with a playground.
Amazing parks are everywhere in West Michigan. We’ve tracked down the best Grand Rapids playgrounds.
Some of the best playgrounds in Grand Rapids are tucked away in the corners of neighborhoods, others are in urban settings near downtown, and there are lakeshore parks on this list, too.
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