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.
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.
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.
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