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 Johnson Park
Johnson Park is a huge park with lots of shade trees - perfect for a hot summer day with the whole family!
Kids can explore TWO playgrounds and will love all the space to run.
Parents will love that this is a clean park with beautiful views and lots of picnic areas to make a fun day of it.
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
The Playground at Johnson Park
Two playgrounds are available - the yellow and the red. They are woodchipped and offer large structures with lots of slides, swings and climbing areas.
The Walking Path at Johnson Park
Park connects to Millennium Park through the Kent Trails system for a nice long bike ride or walk. There is also a paved path for biking and nature exploration.
Hiking Trail Details
Johnson Park is divided into two main sections. The trails in the southern main portion has wooded natural hiking trails.
Hikers will discover all kinds of wildlife throughout the park.
There is also a paved trail in this portion of Johnson Park, perfect for biking.
The northern end of the park is hillier.
No matter which end you hike, it will be through the woods so be sure to bring the bug spray.
Something Unique About This Destination
Park is huge - nearly 260 acres! It might be helpful to check out the park map before heading out.
Johnson Park Features
- Disc Golf
- Dog Friendly
- Fishing Pond
- Free Admission
- Hiking Trails
- Lake or River
- Paved Walking Path
- Paved Bike Path
- Picnic Tables
- River Access for Boat Launch
Facilities: An open shelter is available. The park also has a historic enclosed shelter that can be rented out. Restrooms are conveniently located near the playground.
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails
Time of Year? Open May 1 - October 31; Open 7 AM to sunset
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.