Lansing Mom’s Favorite Parks in + Around Lansing

There are tons of amazing parks in and around Lansing just waiting for you to explore. Whether you pack a picnic, want to take a walk, or enjoy something on the water, we have created a list of our favorite parks in the area.

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Valley Court Park | 300 Valley Court, East Lansing

Park Perks: Come out on Sundays and enjoy the East Lansing Farmer’s Market before or after the park.

MSU Children’s Gardens | 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing

Park Perks: Children of all ages will enjoy the quaint wild-life and artistic feel. The frog pond, bridges, and beautiful scenery make this an enchanting experience. Don’t forget to stop at the MSU Dairy Store for ice cream on your way home!



Harris Nature Center | 3998 Van Atta Rd, Okemos

Park Perks: In addition to a scenic walking path in the woods, they have a fantastic treehouse to climb.

Wonch Park | Off of Okemos Road in Okemos

Park Perks: This was a perfect park to pack a picnic and sit under the pavilions. They also have an outside exercise area. 

Ferguson Park | Directly across from Wonch Park, on Okemos Road

Park Perks: This park has a beautiful river, large field, and perfect playground equipment for littles and bigs.

The Meridian Historical Village | 5151 Marsh Rd, Okemos

Park Perks: This historic park is filled with buildings that have been preserved from the 1800s. There are numerous picnic tables as well as a dock for fishing in the pond. They also have wooded paths for exploring.

Lake Lansing Park South | 1621 Pike St, Haslett

Park Perks: From family gatherings in the pavilion, to horseshoes, to swimming at the beach, this park has it all. The playground is wooden with a ton of climbing and swinging options. Don’t forget to check out the treats at the snack bar on the weekends.


Hawk Island Park | 1601 E Cavanaugh Rd, Lansing

Park Perks: What don’t they have? They have gorgeous walking trails and kayaking/canoeing options in the lake. The playground is great for climbing and they have music making equipment as well.

Frances Park | 2600 Moores River Dr, Lansing

Park Perks: Besides a beautiful flower garden with walking paths, this park has excellent options for toddlers and bigger kids to enjoy. 


Sharp Park | 1401 Elmwood Rd, Lansing

Park Perks: The layout is perfect. You can watch the ducks in the pond, choose from several different playground options depending on age, pick up a game of volleyball, basketball, or softball, and they have a walking path that extends all the way to Creyts Road. 

Delta Mills Park | 7001 Old River Tr, Lansing

Park Perks: Basketball, tennis, softball, and walking trails in addition to kayak launching at the Grand River are options in addition to playground options for all age groups. 


Island Park | 206 W River St, Grand Ledge

Park Perks: The littles will love seeing the ducks and you are surrounded by river access for fishing. The red pavilion and bridge over the river make this a scenic experience. 

Jaycee Park | 525 E River St, Grand Ledge

Park Perks: They have a kayak launch to the Grand River and a pavilion for picnics. The playground will keep the kiddos busy and the river walk actually connects to Fitzgerald Park


Whether you are planning a staycation or just need something to entertain the family, there are a ton of parks in + around Lansing to keep you busy! 

Jessica Walter
I am a working mom who left the education world after 7 years to pursue my business career. I work as a product developer at a local insurance company and love it. My husband and sons are my world. We struggled for 3 years with fertility prior to adopting our first son. Later, we really wanted him to have a sibling so pursued IVF using donor embryos (because we firmly believe love makes a family) and were then blessed with our second son. When I’m not working or playing the wife/mom role, I love to run, read, bake, write, and tinker with photography. We all have a story to share and I hope some of my experiences will help others.


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