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Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Grand Rapids, Michigan

by Aoife O'Riordan

Apr 25, 2023

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Family travelers love taking trips to Grand Rapids, Michigan, thanks to its many parks, trails and outdoor events. This spring and summer, plan a trip to Grand Rapids for some outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy.


walking in park

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Adventure seekers must head to Reeds Lake, located just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. Here, you can hike one of several trails, go fishing from the shore or enjoy a picnic on the lawn by the lake. At Kent County Parks, families will find 50 picnic areas and plenty of outdoor space for kids to run around.


Or, opt for a bike ride through the region’s more than 100 miles of trails connecting Grand Rapids with the surrounding landscape. Many bike trails are smooth and perfect for even the youngest of bikers.



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Those wanting more of a water-filled vacation can canoe, kayak, raft or stand-up paddleboard down Grand River. This river flows out of Lake Michigan and through the heart of Grand Rapids.


For more of a park-centric experience, take the kids to the Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Here, the kids can explore, play and learn through interactive features. The children’s garden includes the Kids Sense Garden, where kids can discover leaves that feel like lambs’ ears; the Rock Quarry, where kids can dig for buried fossils; Treehouse Village, where climbing is encouraged; and Great Lakes Garden.


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