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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Blandford Nature Center ($)
1715 Hillburn Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504
Families love the variety of natural areas with hiking trails and the chance to scout out wildlife at this 143-acre nature center. Indoors, families enjoy exhibits and the popular wildlife care program. Admission fees apply.
Grand Rapids Township Park
1836 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
This 58-acre park is tucked behind the Township Hall Complex and has an excellent handicap-accessible playground! It also includes ball fields, soccer field, sand volleyball, tennis courts, basketball hoops, and nature trails that can be used for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ($)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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!
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.
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.
WYOMING PLAYGROUNDS & PARKS
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
12200 Grand River Dr SE
Lowell, Michigan 49331
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas