Atlanta’s 30+ Best Playgrounds
Our top metro playgrounds include everything from generational swings for both parent and child and large shaded areas to cushioned rubber matting and sculpture-like playscapes. We rounded up the top playgrounds and play places around metro Atlanta for every type of play.
2980 Redding Rd. NE, Brookhaven
The recently renovated park includes two new play structures, tall slides, tons of swings, a seesaw, a huge sand box and toy park area. Watching the MARTA trains speed by is an added bonus for kids.
Thrasher Park Playground
93 Park Dr., Norcross
If your kids love trains, this playground is the right pick. Climb all over the bright, red train play structure and watch real trains chug by on the tracks. Spinning elements and a net climbing structure add to the fun.
Historic Fourth Ward Park
680 Dallas St., Atlanta
It’s packed with climbing elements, slides, swings, rock walls and even a trampoline kids can jump on. The spider-like ropes course and large swings shaped like bowls are two favorites. Don’t miss the splash pad close by on hot days.
2000 Airport Rd., Atlanta
Kids will go crazy over this playground with a sky-high view. They can watch planes take off while swinging, scaling the monkey bars or sliding down the curvy slide. Play in the pretend cockpit or host an airplane-themed birthday party while planes fly above.
First Christian Church: 133 Nelson Ferry Rd., Decatur
Scooters, tricycles, small slides, push cars galore – this toy park is filled with toys families decided to donate, and is a great place for toddlers to play. The sidewalk “track,” which runs along the edges is great for riding all types of plastic toys, which are readily available all over the grass and mulch area. If your older kids want to slide, swing or hang from monkey bars, they have that, too.
Gary Pirkle Park Playground
6195 Austin Garner Rd., Sugar Hill
This playground wins for hot summer days or the unexpected rainstorm because it is completely covered by a large pavilion to keep the weather out. No more having to leave the playground because of a storm.
800 Old Snellville Highway, Lawrenceville
The 91-acre Alexander Park in Lawrenceville is filled with plenty of green space and undisturbed landscaping.The park has three trails – more than three miles in all – for walking, jogging and biking. There’s also an 18-hole disc golf course that gets plenty of action, as well as two ponds (each with its own fishing dock), a horseshoe pit and an outdoor classroom.
1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur
Two separate playgrounds sit right across from each other. The larger is best suited for older kids, ages 5-12. A giant pirate ship-shaped play structure with a three-level tree house provides lots of playing, climbing and sliding opportunities. The tree house is for children who aren’t afraid of heights. There’s also a nice path through the nearby neighborhood of Medlock Park nearby.
550 Rock Springs Road, Lawrenceville
The vast playground is separated into two distinct areas. One structure is for smaller children, with small steps leading up for easy access to the slides, musical features (chimes that my daughter, 18 months, enjoys) and more. The other structure, for the older set, is more adventurous; big kids can enjoy everything from a daring, high boulder walk to a complex monkey bars section.
Downtown & Westside
265 Park Ave. West, Atlanta
This playground sits in the heart of downtown and is for all ages and all abilities. The surface is made of soft rubber and the play area includes many multi-sensory play elements as well as a great climbing structure. The roller slide, the Sway Fun glider swing and the spinning “flower” seats spin when kids get on them. Children will love the long distance talk-through tubes and colorful drums. Much of this kid-friendly oasis sits beneath an awning that allows cover from the sun.
Piedmont Park – Mayor’s Grove Playground
400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta
Two great play areas are hidden under the large trees in Piedmont Park to provide natural shade.
The Mayor’s Grove Playground is designed for kids with and without special needs with fun play structures. The area is next to the pool house for easy bathroom access.
The Noguchi Playscape is next to the park’s 12th Street gate and looks more like a modern sculpture garden than a playground. A giant, winding slide and other features help familiarize children with shapes, colors and textures.
135 W. Wieuca Rd. NW, Atlanta
Kids can climb and explore in the treehouse, slide down one of the three large roller slides or play on the natural playscapes. Adults can go down the slides, too! Three giant “oodle” disc swings allow two children to recline and swing together and there is a spider web for climbing. The music area includes drums and chimes. Therapeutic elements are featured and the area is wheelchair accessible.
Woodruff Park Playground
91 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
Anyone with “ATL” pride will love this playground shaped like the famous letters. An international design competition sparked the building of this playground by a Canadian designer. Kids can climb all over the walls, monkey bars, slides or play with the springs and spinners. Street parking is limited so we recommend visiting by public transportation.
1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta
The Atlantic Station Playground is a great stop for getting the wiggles out if you’re shopping or sightseeing in town.Other than two traditional slides, every piece of equipment is more modern and inventive than typical playground options. Even the benches are unique looking.
Collier Road and Walthall Drive, Atlanta
As we strolled down the large paved BeltLine trail, we saw plenty of walkers, joggers, dog walkers, and bike riders. We certainly didn’t feel like we were in the middle of the city! My boys eagerly ran ahead as we took in the gorgeous scenery of the winding creek, sprawling green spaces, bridges and trees which led to an inviting playground nestled in the middle of the park.
4770 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody
The Children’s Adventure Garden has clusters of bright play structures with shades above to hide from the sun. The play structures are separated for toddlers and older kids. There is so much to get into: slides and swings of varying sizes, several sets of monkey bars, a multicolored tunnel, and a “log roll” for balancing. The cushioned rubber matting will help protect from scrapes and bruises.
Swift-Cantrell Park Playground
3140 Old US Hwy. 41, Kennesaw
The park features two large playscapes: one for both older and younger kids and one just for younger kids. Children can enjoy swings, climbers, bridges and other playthings. “New patterns of play” are encouraged in a contemporary play system that includes circuits, walls, rings and more.
10900 Buice Rd., Johns Creek
You’ll find two structures for play – one for children ages 2-5 and another for older kids. On the “Ten Spin” Merry-Go-Round kids can sit or stand and spin around. The generational swing allows a younger kid and an older kid or parent to swing together at opposite ends. The Avalanche slide is another cool feature that lets kids use their upper body strength to climb up and then slide down.
11925 Wills Rd., Alpharetta
The playground offers many chances for imaginative play with three play areas. A wooden kingdom has towers, bridges and passages, with sections for older and younger kids. Children can navigate the rope bridge, climb to a tower lookout post, or take a spin in the tire swing. The yellow playground offers equipment for younger kids, and the covered purple playground has climbing structures and swings for big kids.
Morgan Falls Overlook Park Playground
200 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs
This modern playground with unusual climbing elements has plenty of green spaces and overlooks the Chattahoochee River. Two play structures serve both younger and older kids with places to climb, slide and explore, but the spot where they all come together is the spider web, a tall rope structure that provides a climbing challenge. Shades give cover from the sun and the AstroTurf helps with falls.
70 Abernathy Rd. NE, Sandy Springs
Climb, swing and jump from real art structures including the yellow, spider-like structure, the mosaic climbing wall, the large, red swings and the many other jungle gym climbing areas. Kids will essentially enter a sculpture garden they can play on.
4425 Beach St., Acworth
The playground is adjacent to the white, sandy beach on Lake Acworth and is nature-themed to fit right in with the surroundings. Younger kids can swing or bounce on different play elements and older kids will love the large jungle gym structure or the “spider net” climbing area. All kids will love the giant, towering climbing areas and slides.
11850 Crabapple Rd., Roswell
The newly-renovated playground offers fun for young and older kids who want to climb, slide, swing and zip line. Anne Wainscott-Sargent’s kids love the cool “gravity rail” – a circular zip line, the generational swing and the rope-climbing spider web. This hidden gem features colorful slides as well as a small children’s play area with a large sandbox. The playground is open to the community outside of school hours.
2776 Sanford Rd., Smyrna
This park has several play structures for all ages, most with giant umbrellas for shade. The colorful playscapes allow for climbing, swinging or sliding. There are shorter climbing walls for going up and over, a telescope, tall boulders to climb and a spider web structure. The toddler play area has smaller swings and slides.
Caney Creek Preserve Playground
2755 Caney Rd., Cumming
The dinosaur dig area will delight any dino fan and the spider web climbing net is fun for adventurous kids. Kids can play around the nature trails or climb aboard the logs or boulder play structures.
2205 Echols Rd., Cumming
This playground is similar to the soft play areas at malls, but in the middle of the woods. When arriving, take a short walk through the wooded area and the playground will appear. Three “pods” are connected by walking paths and kids are challenged to let their imaginations take over. Play on giant acorns, logs, big bugs, super-sized mushrooms, a mama bear and two cubs and a bigger log with a climbing net attached.
425 Main St, Suwanee
Young and old visitors will enjoy seeing the colorful, fiberglass cow sculptures throughout the pavilion. The playscape is in a natural setting with lots of shading so you will stay cool on a hot day. The play area is built for both school-age children and toddlers. Kids can climb on the bridge, slides or climbing walls and the playground features a castle, log cabin and rocket to promote creativity and imagination. The sand activity area is a fun place to dig and play.
3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna
Because the playground -more than 3,000 square feet- is tucked deep inside the park, traffic noise is filtered out. This is a unique space where having fun with your children is guaranteed. One area is designated for ages 2-5, and another for ages 5-12. Play equipment was selected partly to blend into the natural landscape.
First Baptist Church of Woodstock, 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock
Kidzstock Park is a hidden gem on the grounds of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, full of climbing structures for older kids and a Tot Lot with swings and tunnels for younger kids. The first thing you’ll see is a big friendly sign welcoming you, then you can’t miss a giant red climbing structure that looks like a red Eiffel Tower.
4126 South Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna
If you’re on the hunt for a roomy playground that promises plenty of fun for all ages, Oakdale Park in Smyrna is a sure bet. This playground with a soft rubber surface features two different sections: a play zone for the wee set, and another that offers more challenging action – including a rock-climbing component.
Ga. Hwy. 279, Fayetteville
In the playground area, it has two sets of playing equipment, for younger and older kids, although the children run back and forth playing on both sets. A beautifully shaded and paved trail is another option. The .9-mile trail allows beautiful views of nature. It is great for the family that wants to exercise together.
2405 Fairburn Road SW, Atlanta
Ben Hill Park is a hidden gem tucked within Ben Hill neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta. Ben Hill is great, because it has something for every age. Older children can play basketball while younger ones can spend quality time with their parents together on the swings.