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 Ottawa County
About Hager Park
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.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
The Playground at Hager Park
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.
The Walking Path at Hager Park
Hager Park has some paved walking paths, but the main draw are the trails through the mature trees.
The main Hager Park loop is 0.6 miles long.
Bicycles are not allowed on natural trails.
Hiking Trail Details
Dozens of trails snake through the gorgeous wooded area surrounding Hager Park.
You are sure to see a huge variety of wild flowers and wildlife throughout your hike. One of the trails has a bridge that crosses over a sandy creek.
While some of the trails are paved, most are not so they aren't very stroller or wheelchair friendly.
Bikes are allowed on paved trails only.
Something Unique About This Destination
The mature hardwood forest has spectacular spring wildflowers in April and May.
Hager Park Features
- Adaptive Equipment
- Dog Friendly
- Free Admission
- Hiking Trails
- Picnic Tables
Facilities: Restrooms, picnic tables, pavilions, indoor buildings with kitchens available to rent for groups as large as 150 people.
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails
Time of Year? Year Round
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.