Regardless of age, Bostonians like to take advantage of good weather whenever possible. However, returning to the same places again and again makes them lose their luster. Mix things up by taking the kids in your life to a playground they’ve never visited before. You’d be surprised at all the great options out there. Here are 11 fantastically fun playgrounds in Boston:
1. TADpole Playground
This beloved playground on Boston Common offers a frog-themed play space in a super convenient location. Afterward, take the kids to the carousel or to dart through the Frog Pond Spray Pool.
2. The Lawn on D
Here is one place where you can forget about adulting and pretend to be a kid again. Grab some friends and chill out on swings or play some corn hole and bocce - people of all ages are welcome to unwind here. Lawn on D, at 420 D Street in Boston, reopens for the season in just a few weeks.
3. Alexander W. Kemp Playground at Cambridge Common
Play with water tables, create an architectural masterpiece with building blocks, or ride the dish swing with friends. This sandy space offers opportunities for imaginative play, including a dragon boat play structure and rustic-looking climbing beams. There’s also an
accessible merry-go-round and splash area. You’ll find this playground at 8 Waterhouse Street in Cambridge.
4. Brewer-Burroughs Playground
Although the castle setup at this playground is appealing, the push and ride-on toys are what makes this such a popular spot for younger kids. It’s located at 2P Brewer Street in Jamaica Plain.
5. Robbins Farm Park
Get ready to throw your arms in the air and whoop as you zip down one of this park’s looooong slides nestled in the hillside. There are also two play structures, swings, and plenty of space to run around. This recreational complex includes sports fields, a community garden, and you can even admire the Boston skyline from the hill. Robbins Farm Park is located at 51 Eastern Avenue in Arlington.
6. Healy Playground
Located at 160 Florence Street in Roslindale, this playground offers 13,000 square feet of play space. This includes an obstacle course, musical toys, and water elements. The playground is attached to sports field facilities.
7. Esplanade Playspace
With its gorgeous setting, the Esplanade is a beloved recreation area for all Bostonians and this playground near the Hatch Shell is an ideal spot for kids. Enjoy fun hours clambering through the web, zip lining, and spinning!
8. Stoneman Playground
Two separate play areas ensure that older and younger children have equipment tailored to their age. A toddler zone features swings, slides, and climbing structures, while the second area offers swings, a fire pole, and monkey bars. Stoneman Playground is also part of the Esplanade and is located between Fairfield and Massachusetts Avenue.
9. Franklin Park Playgrounds
Franklin Park offers three playgrounds. The X-wave (in the first photo) has to be the coolest piece of play equipment on offer – or maybe it’s the zip line. With so many options for fun, it can be hard to choose.
There’s a designated play area for younger kids – the Tiffany Moore Tot Lot. Once you’ve visited the playground, green space stretches out all around, just waiting to be explored.
10. Lo Presti Park
Waterfront location? Check. Plenty of room for adventure? Check. Whether your kids want to play basketball, take advantage of the spray features, or explore the play equipment, they can have a blast at this beautifully laid out park, located off Sumner Street in East Boston.
11. Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park
Bright colors, an elaborate jungle gym, and accessible play equipment await kids at this inclusive park. This newer playground in Charlestown affords water and skyline views. It’s located at 98 16th Street in Boston.
What Boston area playground do you like best? Let us know in the comments.