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 Eaton County
About Fitzgerald Park
Fitzgerald Park is worth the drive for a perfect day of exploration with the whole family!
The nature trails lead to stunning views, the kids have plenty of places to play, photo ops are top notch and there is no shortage of things to do here - from disc golf to kayaking to a fish ladder and more.
This wonderful park is best known as the home of the “Ledges”—ancient sedimentary rock outcroppings lining the shores of the Grand River.
Facilities include six picnic sites, three miles of trails, volleyball, basketball, playground. Kayak launch for privately owned boats.
It's just a 40-minute drive for those used to hiking in Grand Rapids.
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
The Playground at Fitzgerald Park
Two playgrounds are available - one for older kids and one for smaller. Playground surface is sand.
Hiking Trail Details
Trails are plentiful here. Be sure to use the restroom before exploring, as the park is huge and there are miles of walking trails.
The trail to the ledges (ancient sedimentary rock outcroppings lining the shores of the Grand River) can be a little tricky to find - find the paved path near the Ledges Playhouse to start this trail.
Something Unique About This Destination
The biggest draw to the park are the ancient ledges (sedimentary rocks), which are reached via the nature trails along the Grand River. They are stunning and are perfect photo backdrops!
Fitzgerald Park Features
- Basketball Court
- Disc Golf
- Dog Friendly
- Hike with a Payoff
- Hiking Trails
- Horseshoe Pit
- Lake or River
- Parking Fee
- Picnic Tables
- River Access for Boat Launch
- Sand Volleyball
- Soccer Fields
- Tennis Courts
- Toddler Playground
Facilities: Park has multiple shelters and places to picnic. Restrooms are not heated, and thus are closed during the winter - at that time, portable restrooms are available.
Stroller-Friendly? No, few or no areas, Playground or main areas only
Time of Year? Open all year, from 8 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.