Who needs a gym membership when you have so many awesome playgrounds to keep you active? Bring the kids or maybe just see if your own seesaw skills have remained intact through the years. Check out these amazing playgrounds across Massachusetts and relive a bit of your childhood.
1. Alexander W. Kemp Playground, Cambridge
This playground was built to work with the natural landscape and help kids discover their own physical potential.
2. Nelson Park, Plymouth
This gorgeous playground is right on the water and features the perfect mix of shade, sunshine, and salty air.
3. Dacey Community Field Playground, Franklin
This playground is designed with special needs children in mind. It has an area of 77' by 92', making it the largest ADA accessible playground in the state of Massachusetts.
4. Tadpole Playground, Boston Common
This incredible playground is located right in Boston Common and features a ton of play equipment and access to the Frog Pond water area.
5. Lincoln Elementary School Playground
A good choice for very young kids. The area is completely fenced in and the playground surface is rubbery and has good grip. It is open for public use at all times.
6. Action Cove Playground, West Newbury
This playground is built as a wooden fort composed of of mazes, slides, and castles. There is also a second smaller structure for toddlers, as well as a sand pit with diggers and dump trucks. There are a few swings and a small hand-held zip line. A good spot for all ages.
7. Stanley Park Playground, Westfield
8. Robbins Farm Park, Arlington
This place is an incredibly full-featured play spot. With super long slides built right into the hillside and structures designed for a range of ages, this place is a clear step above most local playgrounds. There's also plenty of room to fly kites and picnic.
9. The Esplanade Playspace, Boston
This playground cost $1.5 million to build and maintain, so you know it's pretty sweet. Best suited for kids 5 -12, the play area features lots of creative climbing structures, a kid-powered merry-go-round, a large disc swing, a zip line, and a gigantic spiderweb jungle gym.
10. Mayor Thomas Menino Park, Charlestown
Lots of open space, new equipment, and easy public transportation access. The play area was designed by Landscape Structures and is colorful with areas that are well-suited to younger kids. A great urban spot to take the kids when a trip to a grassier venue is not in the cards.
What’s your favorite spots to bring the kids for a day of play? Any suggestions for playgrounds well-suited to older or younger kids? What are your top picks for more rural playgrounds? Share with your friends and let us know!