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Key Info

1415 Maynard Ave SW

Price & Hours

Free
7 a.m.-sunset May 1-Oct. 31

Details

Free, Parks and Gardens Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Did you know one of the largest urban parks is located in western Michigan? Spread across 1,400 acres, the park technically occupies land in four cities: Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville and Wyoming. Along with 18 miles of trails, the park also boasts a 6-acre beach, a splash pad, boat rental facilities and picnic areas, among other features. Upon completion, the park is expected to be more than two times larger than New York City's Central Park.

According to past visitors, the park provides an abundance of family-friendly activities. Reviewers described the park as quiet, peaceful and clean. Others appreciated the opportunity to rent kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

Millennium Park is located a little more than 6 miles southwest of downtown Grand Rapids. The park is free to visit, but certain attractions, such as the beach and splash pad, charge admission fees. The park is open May 1 through Oct. 31 from 7 a.m. to sunset. For more information, visit the park's official website.

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