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 and Trails
About Fallasburg Park
Fallasburg Park is a beautiful, picturesque park located just north of Lowell in the historic Fallasburg community.
Spanning over 250 acres (including parts of the North Country Trail), this is a popular place for kids and families to hike, explore an historic covered bridge, play on the playground, or take fall family photos.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
The Playground at Fallasburg Park
There are various play structures throughout the park. The main structure, at the main entrance area, has a mixture of paved turf and wood chips.
Toddlers would best enjoy the smaller play structure near the covered bridge, though the main playground is great for all ages.
The Walking Path at Fallasburg Park
There are various hiking trail options at Fallasburg Park, some paved and some through woods.
The hike from the main enclosed shelter to the covered bridge and then back up past the creek is a relatively easy (though longish) walk, but you’ll want a baby carrier for smaller kids.
TIP: While Covered Bridge road does take you back in time in a way, remember that you’re still walking on a paved road that cars occasionally travel on – be extra watchful of small children.
Hiking Trail Details
A section of the North Country Trail passes through Fallasburg Park.
Something Unique About This Destination
Fallasburg Park is extra glorious in the fall! It's also a very historic park and a hotspot for weddings. Their annual Fall Festival of the Arts is a popular artisan show.
Fallasburg Park Features
- Creek Stomping
- Disc Golf
- Dog Friendly
- Fishing Pond
- Free Admission
- Hiking Trails
- Lake or River
- Paved Walking Path
- Picnic Tables
Facilities: There is a beautiful enclosed shelter house available for rentals, as well as a pavilion, and picnic tables are located throughout the park. Restrooms are available during park hours.
Stroller-Friendly? Playground or main areas only, Not on trails
Time of Year? 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.