Playgrounds with a Little Something Special in Atlanta
These are not your typical swings and slide sets. From artistic structures to dinosaur dig areas, we found the playgrounds that stand above the norm.
70 Abernathy Rd. NE, Sandy Springs
Climb, swing and jump from real art structures including the yellow, spiderlike structure, the mosaic climbing wall, the large, red swings and the many other climbing areas. Kids essentially enter a sculpture garden they can play on.
1320 Monroe Dr., Atlanta (parking garage location)
The playground is temporarily closed.
The Noguchi Playscape is next to the park’s 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue 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.
See Planes Soar
2659 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Kennesaw
Located close to McCollum Field, kids can see planes take off right by the playground. Don’t miss the mock runway play pad with climbing structure and highly innovative basket swings.
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. See lots of smaller planes taking off and landing.
Climb on Sculptures
91 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
Anyone with “ATL” pride will love this playground shaped like the famous letters. 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.
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. 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
Enjoy the colorful, fiberglass cow sculptures throughout the pavilion. 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.
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.
575 Riverside Rd., Roswell
Kids can climb the mega tower that reaches 25 feet in the air and slide down three tall slides on the playground for elementary-age kids. The gravity cube climber is also a fun feature, and there is a separate playground area for ages 2 to 5 with a shade structure covering the equipment. A second playground close by has a green dinosaur slide and large dinosaur bounce toys kids can ride. There are also plenty of areas for climbing, sliding and swinging.
Play with Toys
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. The sidewalk “track,” which runs along the edges, is great for riding all types of plastic toys. Also, it has a small playground.
11850 Crabapple Rd., Roswell
Generational swings and a gravity rail (a sort of zipline swing) feature stand out from this playground. We also love the large, star shaped sandbox full of toys (with a shade structure that blocks the sun but not rain). Kids will spend hours playing with the sand toys left by others, but feel free to also bring your own. Bucket swings, colorful slides, as well as a small children’s play area. The playground is open to the community outside of school hours.
4780 Webb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta
The best part of this playground is the water feature (in operation during warm months) that has a stream of water running around the playground. Make sure to bring toys, buckets and beach shovels to play in the sandbox and water.
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 rain!