These popular Atlanta parks are loved by both kids and dogs! Visit with the entire family for some outdoor active and off-leash fun.

Piedmont Park

This intown Atlanta icon boasts beautiful skyline views, a splash pad, and two playgrounds, including the Noguchi Playscape. Walk or bike the trails, picnic on the lawn, or bring along one of the park’s printable scavenger hunts! Families can also take a tour about resident trees or the park’s history and visit the education garden. In the off-leash dog park, separate dog spaces for small and large pets keep the peace, and dogs have three acres to make their own. In October, dogs can even swim in the Piedmont Park Pool during the Splish Splash Doggie Bash.

Wills Park

With a disc golf course, multiple playgrounds, basketball courts and flat trails for bike rides, Wills Park in Alpharetta offers something for kids of every age. The flat, mostly paved trails are ideal of bike rides and roller skating. An equestrian center on site means you might see some horsing around when you visit! The Wacky World playground with its wooden towers and bridges inspires creative play. It’s doggie counterpart, Waggy World Dog Park, provides free space to roam and run for furry friends, separated by size. A circular track and lawn adjacent to the dog park makes it easy to watch kids and pets at the same time.

Brook Run Park

In the heart of Dunwoody, you’ll find this gem of a park, with its large shaded playground, walking trails, and a skate park, where it’s exciting just to watch skateboarders perform tricks. Check out the community garden to see what’s growing or tackle a zip line or low ropes course for some extra adventure with Treetop Quest! Dogs can let loose on three wooded acres, which are divided for small and large dogs. The tree cover makes this a good outing even in hotter months, and plenty of water stations help keep panting to a minimum.

Newtown Park

Jackpot! This Johns Creek park houses the Dream Dog Park, one of the top dog parks in the country. Artificial turf covers a one-acre area with water play sprinklers (warm months), agility obstacles, and shade trees. Kids can enjoy the colorful playgrounds (one looks like a castle) and the vast fields for running around. Walk the paved path by the pond to see the turtles! And don’t miss walking through the Newtown tunnel bridge, with its eye-catching mural.

Swift-Cantrell Park

One of Kennesaw’s largest parks has two big playgrounds divided by kids’ ages, a lighted skate park, walking trails and plenty of open space for playing games. A seasonal splash pad is great for warm weather fun. The off-leash dog park has separate run areas for large and small dogs, and a dog wash area to keep your car clean on the ride home.

– Dalia Faupel

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