1415 Maynard Ave SW, Walker, MI 49534
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 fee to get into Millennium Beach – including splash pad – and boat rentals, but everything else is complimentary.)
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!
About the Playgrounds at Millenium Park
We had so much fun at Millennium Park when we went.
First, we checked out the playground. (And then the bathrooms.) There are two different playground sections at this park, one for the younger kids and one for the older kids. The playgrounds are outside of the fenced-off beach area and have a nice grassy area nearby. Also nearby: the picnic shelters (these are often reserved by groups ahead of time.)
We had a snack and then chose a 2-mile loop from the 18-mile trail system. (More about this later.)
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.
Millennium Park Beach & Splashpad: What You Need to Know
*This is a fee-based area of the park.
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.
The beach area is sandy – although it is a little grainy. There’s a marked swimming section and plenty of room to spread out towels, dig with sand toys, and have a fun day at the beach.
Bathroom breaks are easy – just pop into the VanAndel Beach House. Changing rooms are available as well.
Covered picnic tables dot the concrete terrace, which is right next to the concession stand.
Admission to the beach/splash pad area is $4 for adults, $2 for kids aged 3-15, and kids under two are free. They accept Visa and Mastercard.
Want to go again and again? Consider a season pass.
About the Boathouse and Boat Rentals
Boat rentals are typically available from the Millennium Park Boathouse from Mid-May through Mid-September. Lake Leota is fun to paddle – there is usually little to no current and paddling under the bridge is cool.
Tandem Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards, Single Kayaks, Canoes, Row Boats, and Paddleboards are all available by the hour. Rates are very reasonable – kayaks are just $8 for an hour.
You will need to wear a lifejacket at all times (they are provided.) Kids ages 12-15 can use rental equipment on their own but it must be checked out by an adult.
Fishing at Millennium Park
Fishing from the observation and fishing decks at Millennium Park makes accessing the water a breeze.
There are a few places in the park where fishing is not allowed, but overall there are numerous places to cast a line.
Hint: You don’t have to fish in the busy parts of the park. There are multiple lakes to fish from. Try walking to the little deck between two lakes on the other side of Millennium Park and casting there for a bit.
About the Huge Trail Network at Millennium Park
I feel like more often than not I’m telling you to leave the stroller in the car, but guess what? Bring that stroller, you parents of tiny humans! Finally, a trail that is primarily stroller-friendly.
Millennium Park in Walker offers a whopping 18 miles of interconnected trails. Most of these trails are paved, but there are some off-shoot trails that are natural surfaces. This detailed trail map notes which trails are paved or natural surface.
In addition to being stroller-friendly, you can also take a bike, scooter, or any human-powered device on the trails. We tackled the trails with a scooter and a stroller and it was a breeze!
Trail Difficulty: Easy!
Dogs Allowed? Yes.
Facilities: Seasonal restrooms located near the North Trailhead.
Stroller Friendly? Yes–most of the trails are paved and stroller friendly.
Time of Year Accessible: Open year round.
Stroll, Blade, or Bike Through Woodland and Lake Views
We hiked the Orange and Purple loops and part of the Hansen Nature Trail. These trails offer views of beautiful wetlands and the recreational lake. It also has two boardwalks that my kids loved.
The trails are mostly sunny, with some shade on the Hansen Nature Trail. You’ll want to apply sunscreen and bug spray before you hike during the summer months.
The trails were busy with bikers, joggers, and hikers. If you have toddlers prone to wandering, be mindful, and keep them close.
We barely scratched the surface of all the trails at Millennium Park.
From what we did see, the trails are well-maintained and easy to navigate. With many options of loops and lengths, you can easily cater it to your family’s needs.
There are many parking options located along the trails.
The map offers specific addresses to input into your GPS if you want to start somewhere other than the main park complex. Seasonal public restrooms are located by the Kent Trails North Trailhead.
Grab the Perfect Beach Read at Kent District Library
I’m an avid reader and there’s nothing I love more than a good book at the beach (and maybe some extra eyes to watch my kids swim while I read). Sometimes it’s hard to find the next “good book” at the library–especially if you have your kids along with you.
Kent District Library has the coolest tool called StoryCompass! This online tool guides you through a few questions (like your age group and genres you typically enjoy) and then generates a personalized list of book recommendations based on your interests.
KDL StoryCompass also works for children and teens. I often blindly grab books for my kids and end up disappointed at home. You can confidently curate a list of books that you know your kids will enjoy with StoryCompass!
Don’t even know what you like these days? They have tons of general recommendations like staff picks, best sellers, and, of course, beach reads. So grab a good book and hit the beach at Millennium Park!
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