Welcome to our Parents, Parks and Coffee series where we highlight destination parks all over West Michigan, and help you find coffee to fuel your next adventure. Many thanks to BIGGBY for partnering with us on this smile-making project.

Millennium Park is the Crown Jewel of the Kent County Parks System.

With over 1,400 acres of outdoor activities, this park has something for everyone!

I hadn’t been to Millennium Park in over a decade because I thought there was a cost to go. And I don’t like risking packing up the kids for an adventure and paying a big admission, only to have my kids want to go home after five minutes.

But much of Millennium Park is FREE! (There is a cost for Millennium Beach – including splash pad – and boat rentals.)

You can play on the playground, walk the beautiful, paved trails system, fly a kite, have lunch, watch the boaters on the lake, and more, for free!

We had so much fun at Millennium Park when we went. First we checked out the playground. (And then the bathrooms.) We had a snack and then chose a 2-mile loop from the 18-mile trail system.

Millennium Park Grand Rapids

After our walk the kids were ready to cool off and I was ready to sit in a lawn chair, so we headed into the beach area.

The splash pad water was so cold! But also so fun. I liked that the splash pad is completely enclosed so parents of little kids don’t have to worry about someone wandering off.

Admission to the beach/splash pad area is $4 for adults, $2 for kids aged 3-15, and kids under two are free. Want to go again and again? Consider a season pass.

Tips for Your Trip from other Parents

  • Millennium Park has a lot of full sun, especially the beach and splash pad, so protect your skin.
  • Bring a stroller (or bikes!) for the paved trails. My husband and I found the one mile and two mile trails to be quite pleasant, but apparently my three- and six- year olds preferred to be carried. And we hadn’t brought a stroller or bikes for the kids.
  • The paths wind through the woods, so bring bug repellant.
  • Pack a picnic (or bring money for concessions at the Beach House). There’s a lot to do at Millennium and you’ll get the most out of your trip if you spend the day there.
  • If you do the beach, don’t forget all the usual beach supplies (chairs, blankets, towels, sand toys), and note that there are lockers and shower rooms.
  • Dogs are allowed on the trails and at the park, but they cannot go to the beach area, so leave your pet at home if you plan to swim or do the splash pad.

Millennium Park Features at a Glance

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FAQ’s

Yes, though with so much wide open space, you’ll want to keep a close eye on them so they don’t wander off. The playground has a special area just for 2-5 year olds, there’s the splash pad and the beach, which has a very slow drop off, and lots of trails where you can push your stroller and let them take in the views.

Millennium Park has just about everything you’d want for an outdoor adventure.

  • 18 Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Beach and Splash Pad
  • Boat Rentals (kayak, paddle board, canoe, rowboat, paddleboat)
  • Pavillions and grills
  • Concessions
  • Indoor bathrooms
  • Large Playground
  • Basketball and volleyball courts, cross country skiing
  • Fishing areas
There are indoor bathrooms near some of the pavilions and at the beach house. You’ll want to take any restroom breaks before embarking on any trails.

Millennium Park offers many picnic shelters and grills. Two shelters are available for rent if desired. Others are first-come, first-served basis.

Millennium Park has its share of shade trees, but the majority of the park is in full sun. The trails can be especially sunny and on hot days, I’d recommend taking those on in the early morning or towards evening, and enjoy the beach and splash pad during noonday sun.

 

Yes! We saw a few kites in flight when we visited. This is a great place for that!
Millenium Park is free, with the exception of Millennium Beach, which is where you’ll find the splash pad, beach and boat rentals.  The beach and splash pad are $4 for adults, $2 for kids aged 3-15, and free for those under three. Boat rentals vary in cost.
Millennium Park is open May 1-October 31, from sun up to sundown, with the exception of the beach/splash pad area. The beach and splash pad close at 8:00 PM, and the bathrooms in the beach area close at 7:30 PM.

 

Millennium Park has a large parking space, but as such, you may walk a bit to get to the playground and beach.

Grab Your Coffee and Head to the Park

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The BIGGBY closest to Millennium Park is located at 2030 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Have Tips or Questions about Millennium Park?

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About the Author:

April H
April is a stay-at-home-working-mom hybrid who balances her time between managing a household and using her editor brain to find all the typos in her friends’ emails. In her occasional free time she enjoys reading, quilting, antiquing and photography. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and three children.

11 Comments

  1. Lois Hauck August 19, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Our grandkids want to try fishing (ages 5 and 6. Do they need a license?

  2. Jeanne July 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Millennium park is a Awesome place for kids & parents. I was visit last week 🙂

  3. Tracy June 28, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    my husband goes fishing there probably 2-3 times per week….. it’s his favorite place locally to fish 🙂

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  6. grkids.com via Facebook June 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Weekly 🙂

  7. Jennie Betley Hodges via Facebook June 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Wow, I guess we have to catch up. We’re shooting for at least twice this summer.

  8. Corinne 'Beurkens' Wolbrink via Facebook June 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Last week.

  9. Chris Jennifer via Facebook June 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Umm, this morning, yesterday, Saturday, last weekend, weekend before , weekend before…….I think I see a pattern! Sometimes we run, sometimes we bike, sometimes we rollerblade, sometimes we swim, sometimes we sit on the beach and play/read and sometimes we actually stay home for a day.

  10. Becky Linton Miller via Facebook June 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Last week Thursday. Almost a weekly ritual 🙂

  11. Elisha Morrill via Facebook June 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    We have been there swimming 5 times already this year, loveeee that place!

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