This post is part of our playground series on the world’s best playgrounds.
Part of traveling with children is looking for activities to run off some energy after a long drive or flight or walk through a museum. One of those activities is a playground! They are generally free and are a good way to kill time, or let kids run around!
I’ve asked some family travelers to share their favourite playgrounds around the world!
You can click on the links to get more information on each of the playgrounds from the writers.
Mary from Bohemian Travelers chose a playground in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Terumi from An Emerald City Life chose a playground in Seattle, WA, USA
Karilyn from No Back Home chose a playground in Mumbai, India
India is not a place most would think of for awesome playgrounds, so it is funny that one of our favorite playgrounds in the world is in Mumbai. In the northern suburbs tucked away from the tourist zone sits one of the most unique and eye catching parks. Entering the gate, you are welcomed by a small garden where senior citizens practice their daily asanas on the grass and where kids frolic on a life sized Air India replica airplane.
This is airplane number two for this park. After the last one was taken down, no one believed another one would be built. But Voila!
This one is even better. Made out of concrete, this one is here to stay. With stair entrances on either side, rows of seats and a pilot seat of course, this is a traveling kids dream come true! Acting as passengers, the adults can sit and chat while the kiddos conduct seat belt checks, announce take off and landing and have fun being in charge. The playground also has the regular fare of swings and a play structure, but this is the real gem that kids come for.
As is common in India, the garden charges a nominal entrance fee (a few cents) and is only open in the early morning hours and late afternoon/evening. This is a perfect remedy for visitors with early morning jet lag! The playground is ideal for all children as long as the younger ones have supervision while on the plane structure.
Bethany from Flashpacker Family chose a playground in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
We found the most amazing playground in Luxembourg City at Parc de Monterey, right in the heart of the city. This wonderful playground had swings, sand pits, a splash zone, an enormous wooden pirate ship and the tallest slide you’ve ever seen. It’s a must visit if you’re in Luxembourg with kids! Best for ages 4+ as there is a lot of climbing activitiy (but still swings and sand for young ones).
Eileen from FamiliesGo! chose a few playgrounds in the USA and one in Paris, France
Pier 6 in Brooklyn, NY has a huge water feature with rocks, sprinklers, streams and pumps, a huge sand area, a climbing area and swings. It as stuff for all ages. But more for age 5 and up than for toddlers/preschoolers.
Clemy Jontri Playground in Virginia (i want to say Fairfax) outside of Washington, DC is huge. With a carousel and all kinds of things to climb and run around and swing on, including a maze. It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest playgrounds in the US adapted for special needs kids.
The Hester St. Playground in NYC is on the Eastern edge of Chinatown and you can see the influence in the way they designed it. It’s not huge but it’s only a few years old and nicely done. it’s right near all the good dim sum and Canal Street shopping. so it’s a handy play break for tourists.
The Ithaca Children’s Garden in Upstate NY is cool. It’s supposed to be “free range” (although no parent is ever more than 5 feet from their kids from what i could see). But it’s all hay bales, tires, ropes, wood planks, mud puddles, a good climbing tree, and the kids build their own play space. There is an actual garden in the warm weather, bench swings, and also a HUGE stone tortoise to climb on. Your kids will get filthy and probably wet, be forewarned.
You have to pay a couple of Euros to go into the playground at the Jardian Luxembourg in Paris. But it’s worth it! Slides, play houses, climbing structures and a zipline keep kids busy all day. Local Parents sit on benches outside the fence and only pay for their kids, which i recommend with kids 7 and older or so. The cafe has pretty good coffee.
Julie from Road Trips for Families chose parks in Michigan, Oregon, and Texas, USA
The Tunnel Park playground is one of our favourites in Michigan. The equipment is funky, modern, and different enough to keep both toddlers and big kids happy. Perhaps the best feature isn’t the playground, but that it is located at the bottom of a Lake Michigan sand dune. Steps lead up to the top (and offer sweeping views of the Great Lake), but running down is a summertime right-of-passage. Bring flip flops – you’ll never get all the sand our of your shoes!
RiverPlay Discovery Village is located in Eugene’s Skinner Butte Park, which runs along the scenic bank of the Willamette River. A history lesson as much as a chance to play, the playground was designed in theme with elements relating to Eugene’s people and places. For example, kids can take a ferry ride across the Willamette River, play in a Kalapuya summer dwelling, ride a stage coach, and dig for fossils. The playground has a water element aptly named the Rain Circle, as well as a rock structure that randomly releases a stream of water down into the sand pit.
Zikler Metropolitan Park is to Austin as Central Park is to Manhattan. A popular spot for a stroll and Sunday picnic with your family, kids love watching the Zikler Zephyr passenger train pass below the bridge leading to the playground area. Partially shaded, the playground features traditional slides and climbing structures mixed among whimsical additions including an antique fire truck. If you go in the heat of summer, bring your bathing suits and towels. You don’t want to pass up a dip in the Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring-fed aquifer with a year-round average temperature of 68 degrees.
Keri from Baby Globetrotters chose a playground in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Family Park on the Corniche is ideal for city dwellers in Abu Dhabi and visitors alike. Centrally located near major tourist attractions including the Corniche beach front and the World Trade Center Souk, this is a wonderful little oasis in the desert capital of the UAE.
Not one play park but six little parks joined together there’s something for all age groups and interests. Very small tots will like the little swings and slides in the toddler park, whilst bigger kids love the pirate ship and big tire swing. During the very hot summers the splash park is the perfect place to cool down.
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