Top 13 Playgrounds in Atlanta
Here are our top Atlanta playgrounds which are worth the drive across town. From giant slides to circle swings and web climbing structures – these playgrounds stand above the rest. Here are a few other playgrounds with special features you should know about.
370 Montgomery St. NE, Marietta
The stand-out climbing areas, which include web-like towers, hanging hoops, hexagons and balancing belt elements make kids (even older ones) want to visit again and again. The gravity rail and tall slide add to the fun.
“My children love the new Elizabeth Porter Park in Marietta. Our children enjoy it because the equipment fits their age range, we have an 11-year-old and a 2-year-old, and it’s enough excitement for them both.” – Antonia Davis-Williams
3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta
This new, natural-looking play area doesn’t resemble other Atlanta playgrounds. A large spider web structure is the center feature for kids and includes all types of ropes, cables and ladders to climb on. Circle swings, climbing elements and more make up the area, and everything looks as if it was made from wood – no bright plastic in sight. There is a smaller kid’s playground on the other side of the park (this one is more for ages 3 and older).
“The climbing structure was challenging for my 11-year-old and he had a blast climbing on it. Both of the kids could be on the circle swings and lay down in them while they were swinging.” – Felicia Barman
10900 Buice Rd., Johns Creek
You’ll find two structures for play separated by toddler and elementary-age. For younger children, the playground has crawl tubes and decks packed with climbers and slides. 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. For the older children, there is a multilevel mega-tower they can climb in with a large, enclosed, spiraling slide. The Avalanche Slide is another cool feature, which allows kids to access the slide from ground level as they pull themselves up by gripping a side rail.
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.
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.
5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody Tucked beneath the trees is this tall playground covered with shade. Kids will love climbing up to the tall slides and making their way back down. There is a separate toddler area for younger kids, and freestanding structures include a cube of ropes, a large rope swing and a standing seesaw.
11925 Wills Rd., Alpharetta
The park’s central playground offers many chances for imaginative play with three play areas. A wooden kingdom, known by locals as “Wacky World,” 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, located on the west side of the park, offers equipment for younger kids, and the covered purple playground, on the south side of the park, has climbing structures and swings for big kids.
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.
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.
4405 Cherokee St., Acworth There is a 25-foot tower, climbing structures and a spider net that is higher than Acworth’s Cauble Park. A lot of the area is also covered by shade. The playground is ADA accessible and has a rubberized surface leading to and around the swings.
“Great pavilion, walking trail and versatile play structure! I love it because I can walk/run the track and still be close to the kids! The seating, slides and swings never get too toasty as they are all heat resistant. The kids love the high slides!” – Alexas German
1340 McConnell Dr., Decatur
This play area will have your kids acting like pirates – there is a three-level “pirate ship” fort feature for climbing and pretending. Kids will love the tall slides that come down from the top of the structure. There are also a few types of swings and another smaller playground close by for younger kids.
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 climbing walls for going up and over, boulders to climb and a spider web structure. The toddler play area has smaller swings and slides.
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. Shade structures give cover from the sun and recently-replaced cushioned synthetic turf helps with falls. The new Morgan Falls- Athletic Field Complex playground is only a 1.3-mile walk away and includes various slides, net climbers and play cubes.