Get Outside!

There is so much opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in West Michigan. Go for a hike at one of our local trails, try out a new park, or enjoy some friendly competition during a go kart race. There is truly something for everyone!

We’ve compiled some of our favorite outdoor play centers, parks, trails, and nature centers. Check out our categories below and let us help you plan your next outdoor adventure!

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John Ball Zoo strives to inspire the community to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment. Education Programs at the Zoo offer fun, hands-on animal experiences that children and families won’t soon forget.

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Outdoor Action

Let the Games Begin!

Outdoor play centers are great places to bring the family and enjoy some fun together! Growing up, I loved the friendly competition of mini-golf and batting cages with my siblings. 

In the small town where I grew up, there was only one place to go but in West Michigan there are many different options. Whether you like mini golf, go-karts, roller coasters, or even high ropes courses, West Michigan has it all. Enjoy a day out with your family at any of these nearby outdoor play centers!

GR Treetops Adventure Park

Outdoor Play Centers Around West Michigan

Below are local favorites for outdoor fun, including mini golf and go-karts. You can see our full list of local putt-putt greens around West Michigan.

AJ’s Family Fun Center

4400 Ball Park Drive NE, Comstock Park | 616-785-0077 | Website

4743 West US 10, Ludington | 231-843-4838 

Alpine Miniature Golf and Range

4855 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321 | 616-784-1250 | Website

Craig’s Cruisers Family Fun Centers

5730 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, MI 49509| 616-530-2900| Website

651 Chicago Dr., Holland, MI 49423| 616-392-7300| Website

1551 E Pontaluna Rd, Norton Shores, MI 49444| 231-798-4936 | Website

The Bat’n Club Family Fun Center

2544 Barclay St, Muskegon, MI 49441 | 231-759-7723 | Website

Great Lakes Glow Golf

3494 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 616-279-2111 | Website

Loeschner Village Green

4521 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, MI 49418 |616-532-9124| Website

Michigan Adventure

1198 W Riley-Thompson Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445| 231-766-3377 | Website

Nelis’ Dutch Village

12350 James St, Holland, MI 49424 | 616-396-1475 | Website

Tree Runner Adventure Park

2121 Celebration Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 616-288-4440 | Website

Get Into Nature

Nature at its Finest

What we love about these nature centers are that they are well organized, gorgeous nature spots with lots of learning opportunities.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Windmill Island Gardens in full bloom are magical places to visit. Blandford Nature Center, DeGraff Nature Center, and Calvin College Eco Preserve present the best of our natural habitat.

Love animals? John Ball Zoo and Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park gets you up close to the animal kingdom, as do these other Places you Can Get Close to Animals around West Michigan.

Get out and explore!

Where to Enjoy West Michigan Nature

Blandford Nature Center

1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-735-6240 | Website

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park

8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302 | 616-868-6711 | Website 

DeGraaf Nature Center

600 Graafschap Rd, Holland, MI 49423| 616-355-1057 | Website

Frederik Meijer Gardens

1000 East Beltine Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 616-957-1580 | Website

John Ball Zoo

1300 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-336-4300 | Website

Calvin College Eco Preserve

3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-526-6000 | Website

Windmill Island Gardens

1 Lincoln Ave, Holland, MI 49423 | 616-355-1030 | Website

Playgrounds, Parks & Trails

Playgrounds and Trails are Wonderful for Free Exploration

Letting kids have free reign to climb, jump, swing and explore is great for their development. Here they tap into problem-solving and social skills, use their imaginations and put those little muscles to work.

West Michigan is loaded with playgrounds, parks and trails. We’ve put together a map for you to find a playground near you, or maybe a new trail to explore.

You can find a full list of playgrounds here, and if you want to get specific, you can read our guides to many area playgrounds here.

Trail lovers can find great local hiking destinations here. You can also get more details about some of our favorite trails.

Water Fun

Places to Splash the Day Away

Kids love playing in the water, whether it’s at the beach, a splash pad, or in the backyard with a sprinkler. Our lake state has endless opportunities for water action.

Jump to…
West Michigan Beaches
Splash Pads Around Grand Rapids
11 Beach Hacks for Parents
Where to Boat, Kayak and More Around West Michigan
Indepth Guides to Favorite Beaches

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National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.

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