Summer might seem a long way away - but soon enough, we'll be sweating and looking for somewhere to take the kiddos to cool off.

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Well, Grand Rapids definitely has a ton of great splash pads for that - and one has been ranked among the top ten in the U.S.

USA Today and 10 Best aimed the best splash pads in the U.S. Their editors and a panel of experts compiled a list of 20 around the country - and then it was put up to a public vote.

Millennium Park in Grand Rapids/ Walker/ Grandville has been ranked the No. 7 best splash pad in the country!

If you've not been, Millennium Park includes 1,400 acres of rolling terrain and six miles of frontage on the Grand River. The park is rich in natural resources, featuring unique habitats and large natural areas for wildlife to thrive.

Millennium Park Beach, Facebook
Millennium Park Beach, Facebook

Facilities within the park include a six-acre beach and splash pad, boat rental facilities, nearly 18 miles of trails, and other diverse opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

Millennium Park Beach, Facebook
Millennium Park Beach, Facebook

Here's USA Today's praise for Millennium Park Beach and Splash Pad:

Just steps from a beach with a well-marked swimming area sits the Millennium Park Splash pad, where more than a dozen water features – sprayers, buckets and splashers – provide a refreshing escape from the heat.

It was the only Michigan splashpad in the USA Today 10 Best Readers' Poll.

Millennium Park and Beach usually opens in May - follow the park on Facebook for an exact opening day in 2023.

Interested in working for Kent County Parks Department? They're hiring! Apply here.

Here's the rest of the Ten Best Splash Pads in the U.S.

  1. Scissortail Sprayground, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  2. Our Special Harbor Spray Park, Alexandria, Virginia
  3. Centennial Hills Park Splash Pad, Las Vegas, Nevada
  4. Hudson River Pier Park 25 Playground, New York, New York
  5. Centennial Center Park Splash Pad, Centennial, Colorado
  6. Adams Park, Chicago, Illinois
  7. Millennium Park Beach and Splash Pad, Walker/ Grand Rapids, Michigan 
  8. Historic Fourth Ward Splash Park, Atlanta, Georgia
  9. Mission Playground Splash Pad, San Francisco, California
  10. Chandler Park Splash Pad, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Pleasure Island Amusement Park, Muskegon: 1980s-1990s

Look: The Abandoned Pirate Park Amusement Park In Flint

There is an amusement park that resides in Flint, called the Pirate Park, take a look inside and around the rotting amusement park.

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