Grand Rapids is Bursting with Parks & Playgrounds for Kids 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 Playgrounds Guide to help you find your family’s next favorite kids park with 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.
Directory of Kids Parks With Playgrounds
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Park managed by Kent County Parks
About Caledonia Lakeside Park
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. There's also easy access to the Paul Henry Thornapple 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.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
The Playground at Caledonia Lakeside Park
The park offers both a large and a small playground, with play structures for the big and the little kids.
The Walking Path at Caledonia Lakeside Park
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.
Hiking Trail Details
There is a short 1/3 mile walking trail around the park through the woods.
Or opt to walk into town for ice cream!
Caledonia Lakeside Park Features
- Dog Friendly
- Fishing Pond
- Free Admission
- Good for Rollerblading
- Hike with a Payoff
- Hiking Trails
- Lake or River
- Paved Walking Path
- Paved Bike Path
- Picnic Tables
- Walk to Ice Cream
Facilities: An open picnic shelter and an enclosed shelter are available, as well as dozens of picnic tables. The park offers two restroom areas - one near the large playground and the other near the picnic shelter.
Stroller-Friendly? Yes, all or most areas
Time of Year? Open May 1 - October 31; Open 7 AM to dusk
Map of Grand Rapids Parks and Trails
Find your next outdoor adventure near you with our map of the best hiking trails, playgrounds and parks in West Michigan.