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 Paw Paw Park
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.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
The Playground at Paw Paw Park
Smaller yet engaging playground with a tall slide over mulch on the west end of the park.
The Walking Path at Paw Paw Park
Half-mile paved walking path.
Hiking Trail Details
Hike through the natural trials of the east end of the park to explore the wetlands restoration project.
As you climb a few hills, you'll see gorgeous flowers, cattails, and even an apple tree. Several bridges cross the river.
There's an 18-hole disc golf course alongside these trails.
Instead of heading east, you can go west and start at the small play structure.
These well-marked natural trails have signs along the way to teach you about the wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for frogs and monarch butterflies!
You might even catch a Rainbow Trout!
Trails on both ends of the park can be muddy and have obstacles like fallen tree limbs in your path.
Paw Paw Park Features
- Disc Golf
- Dog Friendly
- Fishing Pond
- Free Admission
- Hiking Trails
- Paved Walking Path
- Picnic Tables
Facilities: Rustic bathrooms and picnic tables with grills.
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas
Time of Year? March 1 - October 15: 7:00AM - 10:00PM; October 16 through February 28: 7:00AM - 8:00PM
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.