Darrow Park in Traverse City is the official name of this easy to get to park that’s right across from the bay. It offers perfect views of the air show during the National Cherry Festival and the 4th of July fireworks. My kids call it the dinosaur park because the play structure looks like – you guessed it – a dinosaur. We play at the dinosaur park almost every week, either after going for a family run and bike ride or just to play. It’s also just a short walk down the road from Aroma’s Coffee and a few blocks from Willow Hill Elementary.
How To Get to Darrow Park in Traverse City
Head past downtown Traverse City on W. Grandview Parkway and turn left onto Division Street. Then, make an immediate right turn onto Bay Street. Enjoy driving past a few blocks of shops and houses. You will see that Darrow Park in Traverse City is on the left side of the road with a fence separating the park and sidewalk. Parking is available on both sides of the street and offers ample space to safely get your kids, strollers and ALL THE STUFF out of the car. Download the official map of the park.
Amenities at Darrow Park in Traverse City
- Open space for kids and pets to run around.
- Play structure ideal for kids under three through 12 years of age.
- Big slide and two small slides so the big kids don’t feel like babies.
- Two baby swings for the mamas with twins.
- Adaptive swing because every kid should be able to swing.
- Multiple regular-style swings that are just the right size for your kid to get on by themselves.
- Benches close to the play structure so you can finally sit down.
- Picnic tables that are actually clean.
- Portable restroom during warmer months.
- Ride-on dinosaur for your one-year old to growl at.
- Fence barrier between the play area and road.
- Water fountain because your kids are always suddenly thirsty.
Parents at Darrow Park are the Best!
Huge shout out to parents because I always run into really nice locals and visitors. It’s one park where you end up co-parenting with other park parents. You see a kid about to fall and you just catch him. A dad watches your kid trip over the black mat trying to get to the stairs of the play structure and they help dust off your child. Yes, that’s a true story from when my oldest fell flat on her face when she was two. Maybe it’s the fact that everyone believes in coffee first. Perhaps you can’t help but be in a good mood looking out at the bay. Thank you to the parents who have pushed my kid on the swings at Darrow Park in Traverse City. I have truly enjoyed watching our kids run and play together. See you next time at Darrow Park!
I have truly enjoyed watching our kids run and play together and thanks for going along with my kid’s antics. See you next time at Darrow Park!