Playgrounds & Parks: 57 of the Best West MI Destinations for Kids, PLUS a MAP!

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Grand Rapids is Bursting With Free Playground Fun

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.

Best Grand Rapids Playgrounds

Wondering where to take the kids for a great day at the playground? Chances are it won’t be much of a drive. There are amazing playgrounds and parks everywhere in West Michigan.


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Leslie E. Tassell Park 
2900 Thornapple River Dr Grand Rapids, Michigan 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. The Cascade Dam is located here and there are two ice cream shops across the street. There is no playground.

CALEDONIA PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS


Dutton Shadyside Park
7343 Hammond Ave, Dutton, Michigan 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. This is a good place to play bocce ball.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS

Manhattan Recreation Area
3180 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
This 40-acre park in East Grand Rapids 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 a playground. This is a fun place to hammock.

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Reeds Lake Trail 
2205 Reeds Lake Blvd, East Grand Rapids, Michigan 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.


Ottawa Sands
18153 N Shore Dr, Spring Lake, Michigan 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!

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Holland Playgrounds

 


Quincy Park
4260 144th Ave, Holland, Michigan 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!

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Blandford Nature Center ($)
1715 Hillburn Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
 
Families love the variety of natural 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.

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Grand Rapids Township Park
1836 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 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.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park  ($)
1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 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 is a giant playground for kids and includes many attractions, including a treehouse, 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.

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John Ball Park
1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, Michigan 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. The new accessible playground is also now on the premises.

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Kroc Center
2500 S Division Ave, Grand Rapids, Michigan 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.


Ottawa Park Playground
2060 Oakfield Ave SE, Grand Rapids Michigan 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.

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Mary Waters Park
1042 Lafayette NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 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, Michigan 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.




GRANDVILLE PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS

Heritage Park
4264 Canal Ave. SW, Grandville, Michigan 49418 
Playground equipment, pathways and footbridges, an old school house, a soccer field, sand volleyball court, and basketball court round out this park.


Spring Grove Park
1800 Greenly Street, Grandville, Michigan 49418 
With barrier free facilities offered at the picnic building, restrooms, trellis, playground and trails, this park is for everyone! Other key features include a ball field, horseshoe pit and fire pit with benches.



Greenville Playgrounds

 

Danish Kingdom Playground
900 E Kent Rd, Greenville, Michigan 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.

JENISON PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS

Eighth Avenue Park
7050 8th Avenue, Jenison, Michigan 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. 




KENTWOOD PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS

Pinewood Park
2000 Wolfboro Dr SE, Kentwood, Michigan 49508 
The splash pad at Pinewood Park is a huge hit with visitors, as is the large playground area and sports fields.

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Lowell Playgrounds


Stoney Lakeside Park
1200 Bowes, Lowell, Michigan 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.


ROCKFORD PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS 

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, Michigan 49341 
This park offers a grassy swimming beach, shaded picnic area, good bathroom facilities, and a large playground. And it is free!

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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.


Millennium Park
1415 Maynard Ave. SW, Walker, Michigan 49534

One of the nation’s largest urban parks, it is home to a beach and splash pad, boat rental facilities, a couple of playgrounds, and fishing.

With trails totaling 18 miles, there are many opportunities for exploration throughout the park.

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WYOMING PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS 

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.

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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.


ZEELAND PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS 

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.

Helder Park toddler playground

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.

Directory of Kids’s Parks With Playgrounds

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8900 Grand River Dr SE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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7490 Thornapple River Dr SE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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8155 Conservation St NE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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1010 Grand River Dr NE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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1180 Buttrick Ave SE
Ada, Michigan 49301
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

Allendale Park Playground

6676 Lake Michigan Drive
Allendale, Michigan 49401
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

12524 Stanton Street
West Olive, Michigan 49460
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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2120 76th St SW
Byron Center, Michigan 49315
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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370 N Lake St SE
Caledonia, Michigan 49316
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1035 68th St SE
Dutton, Michigan 49316
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2865 Thornhills Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

2900 Thornapple River Dr SE,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
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Comstock Park
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49321
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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6811 Alpine Ave
Alpine Township, Michigan 49321
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

750 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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3650 Versluis Park NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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2399 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

1353 Van Auken SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508
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Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

50 Antoine SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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725 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

4355 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
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Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

1120 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
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Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only

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2500 S Division Ave
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

1031 Baxter St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

1750 East Beltline Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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2230 Eastern Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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100 Youell SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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220 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

921 Alger St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

2001 Monroe Ave NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

2900 4 Mile Rd
Grand Rapids Township, Michigan 49525
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

350 Knapp St NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

3391 Wilson Ave
Grandville, Michigan 49418
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11220 Springhill Drive
Greenville, Michigan 48838
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

298 East Woodlawn Avenue
Hastings, Michigan 49058
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

4143 10th Street N
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

2238 3rd Ave
Holland, Michigan 49424
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

1230 Paw Paw Drive
Holland, Michigan 49423
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6575 138th Ave
Holland, Michigan 49423
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3380 Chicago Drive
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

2700 New Holland St
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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8212 28th Ave
Georgetown Township, Michigan 49428
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Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

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1899 Rosewood St
Jenison, Michigan 49428
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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8000 12th Avenue
Jenison, Michigan 49428
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

3991 Fillmore Street
Jenison, Michigan 49428
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355 48th St. SE
Kentwood, Michigan 49508
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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66 Lakeshore Drive
Holland, Michigan 49424
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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9791 Lakeshore Drive
West Olive, Michigan 49460
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

3560 Memorial Drive
North Muskegon, Michigan 49445
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Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only

15295 8th Avenue
Marne, Michigan 49435
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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18775 North Shore Drive
Ferrysburg, Michigan 49409
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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1 Y Drive
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
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13925 Lakeshore Drive
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

11758 Buchanan Street
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
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6585 Lake Harbor Road
Muskegon, Michigan 49441
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

8115 West Olive Road
West Olive, Michigan 49460
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

18153 N Shore Drive
Spring Lake, Michigan 49456
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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133 Fitzgerald Park Drive
Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas, Playground or main areas only

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1124 Fallasburg Park Dr. NE
Lowell, Michigan 49331
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Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

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12200 Grand River Dr SE
Lowell, Michigan 49331
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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11715 Vergennes Street
Lowell, Michigan 49331
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

8800 M116
Ludington, Michigan 49431
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

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8280 6 Mile Road
Rockford, Michigan 49317
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

8748 Je-NE-Be Dr NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341
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5950 10 Mile Rd NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341
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10401 Algoma Ave NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341
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6300 Belshire Ave
Belmont, Michigan 49306
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6001 Ramsdell Rd NE
Rockford, Michigan 49317
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

13747 Krauskopf NE
Sparta, Michigan 49345
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

22200 24th Avenue
Casnovia, Michigan 49318
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

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2600 Wilson Ave
Walker, Michigan 49534
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Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails

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0-1859 Lake Michigan Drive NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49534
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Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas

2561 Porter Street SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49519
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

4269 Burlingame Ave SW
Wyoming, Michigan 49509
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21 S Elm Street
Zeeland, Michigan 49464
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Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas

 

36 thoughts on “Playgrounds & Parks: 57 of the Best West MI Destinations for Kids, PLUS a MAP!”

  1. Hi, Can you tell me why the many beautiful city parks, playgrounds, and Nature Center in Hudsonville were left out of this article?

    1. We’re currently rebuilding this article and they will be added as soon as we can get them. We’re implementing a new searchable database and info population takes time. Please check back and hopefully you will see lovely the Hudsonville Parks included.

  2. Sebastiaan Johnson

    hello, i was wondering which of these playgrounds have a calisthenics park or set with them. If so would that be a possible project for the future. I have a cousin coming for a few weeks and I’m trying to find one of these calisthenics sets or parks for him.

    1. Sebastian, if I am understanding your question, MLK Park in Grand Rapids has a calisthenics set, with sit up bars, a climbing rope, etc.

  3. Just went to Danish kingdom park in Greenville and was not impressed at all. Has not been kept up very well. The description on this site makes it sound like a great park but honestly it’s a little ran down.

  4. Cherry Park is amazing! Small splash pad, restroom, and a stone’s throw from The Parlor ice cream shop, which is open late afternoon and does a generous kiddie-sized scoop. Highland Park and Fuller Park also have great splash pads and restrooms.

  5. Richardson.Sowerby park should be on the list for Rockford. It’s right off the White Pine Trail near the Rogue River. There’s also some covered picnic areas, bathroom facilities, and it’s so close to all the fun in downtown Rockford. Also missing from the list is Morley Park in Cedar Springs!

  6. There is a small park in Rockford called Glen Park. We really like it because on those hot summer days this park is mostly in the shade and the equipment doesn’t get hot enough to burn.

  7. [email protected] France

    What Grand Rapids park for children is closest to John Ball Zoo that has grills to cook on? ThankING you in advance

  8. Rosewood Park has now added a splash pad and a toddler playground as well as new bathrooms, repaved parking lot and lights to their park. Quite nice and getting popular.

  9. Kristen Beadenkopf

    We live in Jenison and our favorite is 8th Ave Community Park. It has a nice playground, 1mile paved trail around lake and a clean beach for swimming. Basketball courts and bathrooms with a covered pavilion with a ton of picnic tables.
    Also, Rosewood Park in Jenison is under construction now and they are adding a larger playground, splash pad and bathrooms. It’s already a soccer field/sledding hills with a small play area. It’s at 18th and Rosewood Ave.

  10. I like Myers lake park in Rockford has 2 size play structures swings a bathroom and changing area and beach, charcoal grills lots of shady areas lots of parking spots lots of picnic tables a covered pavilion grassy areas big waters nice

  11. We love Maplewood Park in Jenison. It has a cool waterpark on one side and a playground on the other side.

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