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Coolest Playgrounds in America, by City

Best Playgrounds in America, by City


Adam’s Park Playground: Established in 1902, Adams Park bears the name of attorney and Congressman George Adams. But today, it’s far more than just a historical site. The park boasts one of the best playgrounds in the city, featuring a small field house that hosts indoor activities for the little ones- from Moms, Pops and Tots to Summer Camps. There is also a water playground to cool off in during the summer.

31st Street Beach: This South Side beach boasts picturesque views of the Chicago skyline in addition to a harbor for small boats. There’s a nearby park with a picnic area, concessions and a public fishing dock. The playground itself is seuss-like, with lots of things to climb on, including monkey bars, nets and a rail-slide, where each kid can slide between two rails.


Tadpole Playground: Located in the heart of Boston Commons, Tadpole Playground has something for kids of all ages. They offer slides and rubber flooring for tots and climbing structures and monkey bars for the older ones. Popular for everyone is the sprinkler utilized in the warmer months to cool. The playground is also right next to a carousel and the Frog Pond, which you can swim in during the summer and ice-skate over in the winter.

Esplanade Playspace: This playground is designed to physically challenge and strengthen kids of a little bit older age range. Intrepid children can try out the zipline, swing on the disk swing and climb the enormous climbing net. Not to mention, theres views for days: Esplanade Playspace features impressive views of the river and Cambridge.

Los Angeles

Shane’s Inspiration: Located in Griffith Park, Shane’s Inspiration is a must-see for kids of all ages and ability levels. There are swings for parents and babies, as well as specially designed equipment for children in wheelchairs. The mission of the playground is for children of varying levels of ability to learn from and play with each other. There are also sand pits, bridges, sensory equipment, slides and climbing walls.

Lake Balboa/ Anthony C. Beilenson Park: Located in Van Nuys, this popular park has something to offer for all age ranges. The park showcases two play structures, one for kids ages two to five, and the other for kids ages five to 12. In addition to the drum play area, crawl tunnels and sensory wall that the playground offers, Lake Balboa is just beyond the playground and families can rent paddle boats or feed the ducks.

New York City

Billy Johnson Playground: An extensive sand area, rustic domiciles made of wood and a stone bridge have made Billy Johnson Playground a local favorite for years. But it’s no secret that the 45-foot granite slide is the real crowd-pleaser, resulting in even the most attention-deficient children patiently waiting in line for a turn. The playground’s design was inspired by the landscapes of Central Park, showcasing lush greenery and evoking the era in which the playground was created.

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