Paradise Peninsula Features
Balance yourself on a cattail or explore nooks and crannies in the log crawl while navigating the Marsh Challenge Course. The Marsh Challenge Course features simulated logs as well as real and simulated stones that create a challenge course for balance, movement and navigation. This feature mimics the many nearby cattail marshes that are home to wildlife ranging from grasshoppers to birds and more.
Explore Michigan’s natural Tree Fort. A simulated tree at the playground’s highest elevation allows children to climb up the interior of the tree or use the walkways and “trails” to access the deck that surrounds the top. Michigan boasts thousands of acres of forests which provide ample recreation opportunities.
Camp along the waters edge or fish from a fully accessible row boat. A log cabin allows children to set camp after a hard day of rock climbing and playing in the sand. The log cabin represents the experience of going “up north” and enjoying some of the most pristine, natural parts of Michigan.
Dig for fossils in Michigan’s sandy beach areas or climb sand dunes to Michigan’s backwoods trails. Simulated beaches and an elevated, accessible sand play area, complete with simulated fossils, allow for children of all ages to discover and learn. Michigan’s sandy beaches make the state’s shorelines such a great vacation spot for millions of visitors each year.
Climb Michigan’s glacial rock formations. There are several real and simulated rock features that are great for climbing and exploring, or just sitting down to rest. Northern Michigan is well known for its rocky shorelines, cut by the glaciers as they receded across the landscape thousands of years ago.
Cross Michigan’s natural river ravines and canyons or hop stepping stones across the open waters. The simulated water elements represent Michigan’s nickname as the “Great Lakes State” and emphasizes the importance of the Great Lakes to Michigan’s economy and culture. Oakland County is home to 1,400 natural lakes and the headwaters of five major watersheds.