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If you have a future farmer at home, here are five barnyard parks in metro Detroit you’ll want to check out!
County Farm Park offers 127 acres of playgrounds, gardens, trails, picnic tables and more! The farm-themed playground is perfect for kids of all ages, including slides and structures of all sizes – and plenty of seating for parents to watch from the sidelines. Families can also explore the amazing community gardens overflowing with flower blooms and produce. Or take a walk on the many trails or paved paths, great for strollers and family bike rides too. The park is open every day with free entrance. Bathrooms are onsite and available for use.
County Farm Park // 2230 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Your littles will love spying their favorite farm animals throughout the farm themed play structure. Ingenook Park is not only designed to look like a barn but there’s one on site that will especially excite the kids. The accessible playground has something for everyone – including a spiderweb for those who love to climb. There are bathrooms (during spring/summer season) and picnic areas too. The park is also a 5 minute drive from the Southfield Public Library which is one of our absolute favorites.
Ingelnook Park // 12 Mile Road, between Evergreen & Lahser roads
Hess-Hathaway Park is a 167 acres farm with a barn themed playground, expansive nature trails and an animal exhibit farm. The park is opened daily from 10am to 8pm during the spring and summer months and regularly hosts special events.
Hess-Hathaway Park // 825 S Williams Lake Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48327
The farm theme playground is fun to navigate with lots of fast slides, a maze, swings and ‘corral’. The highlight was the mini-stone ground the boys loved playing in and throwing down the slide (sandals not recommended). The park has every athletic field you can think of if you’re looking for a place to play. It’s down the street from Rolling Hills Waterpark and Red Oaks Nature Center if you want a complete summer experience – this is it!
Halmich Park // 3001 E Thirteen Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092
You can’t beat a farm themed playground on an actual farm! Use your Metropark Pass (or get a day one using your library card via Michigan Activity Pass program) and pay a visit to Wolcott Mill Farm Center. Not only can you visit with cows, sheep, horses, and chickens. Your littles can climb, slide and race around the playground while you sit back and relax.
Wolcott Mill Farm Center // 65775 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096
About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..