7 Great Family-Friendly Campgrounds Near Grand Rapids

Sandy beaches, s’mores by the fire, and sleeping out under a blanket of stars: these Grand Rapids camping spots are the ultimate kid-friendly summer vacation.

Indian Valley Campground and Canoe Livery (Middleville) Enjoy a close-to-home summer vacation site perched along the Thornapple River — and a campground with too many amenities for families to ever list them all! Choose from large, grassy, shaded sites (modern and rustic are both available) and enjoy the indoor heated pool and sandy swimming beach. The kids will go wild over on-site mini-golf, wagon rides, a playground, and paddleboat rentals — and the whole family can spend the weekend fishing on the Thornapple or right at the spring-fed pond!

Steamboat Park Campground (Jenison) A scenic RV campground that’s just 7 miles from Downtown Grand Rapids, Steamboat Park offers a bit of it all, families! Hang back to swim in the heated pool or head out on the Grand River for a family adventure. (Many campsites are right on the river, and watercraft are always welcome at no extra charge.) While you’re here, pack a picnic and hop aboard The Grand Lady together — a paddlewheel riverboat that’ll take you all cruising with live tunes on deck!

Tyler Creek Golf Club & Campground (Alto) With amenities for absolutely every member of the family (how about a 9-hole golf course, parents?), your whole crew will love a summer trip to Tyler Creek! Take dips in the 50,000-gallon swimming pool, float the creek on tube rentals, and practice casting into the fishing pond or pristine cold-water trout stream. A bounce house is at-the-ready for the kids and nightly trips to Tyler’s Treats Ice Cream Shop are always the cherry on top!

Woodchip Campground (Byron Center) 122 grassy, shaded campsites will welcome your family to Woodchip for the weekend — and with fun activities to pack every hour, the kids won’t want to leave! Let your little ones enjoy the pool and playground, a giant bouncing pillow, arts & crafts, inflatables, and barrel train rides — plus free root beer floats for a sweet treat to cap off the day. There’s even a dog park for your four-legged family members!

Wabasis Lake Campground (Greenville) Located within the 104-acre Wabasis Lake Park, this camping spot features 90 spacious sites, plus cottage and cabin rentals with gorgeous lake views. The kids will love the sandy swimming beach (with a playground situated right on the sand!) and the whole family can paddle together on canoes or tandem kayaks, rented right on site.

Duke Creek Campground (Cedar Springs) With a heated outdoor pool, horseback riding, fishing, a recreation room, and playground, there’d be no reason not to bring the kids to Duke Creek! Choose from 114 sites — plus rustic or modern camping cabins — and enjoy the special themed activities that fill almost every weekend of the season!

Lakeside Camp Park (Cedar Springs) Situated on a private, five-acre lake with a sandy swimming beach and boat rentals, this top-rated Good Sam Park offers 150-plus campsites — each with its own picnic table and fire pit. The kids will love the game room and free weekend hayrides, too!