10 Amazing Playgrounds near Atlanta for Kids and Families
As the cool, crisp weather moves in, kids move out to the parks and playgrounds. Whether there are lots of cool playground attractions, like water canons, climbing nets, rope pulls, and splash pads, or tried-and-true classics, like slides, swings, and monkey bars, playgrounds are reliable sources of safe, outdoor fun. Atlanta offers access to so much lush, green space, and Atlanta playgrounds make use of these idyllic spots by attracting the most energetic park enthusiasts: kids.
With the vast expanse of metro Atlanta and its many neighborhoods, it's almost impossible to note every wonderful playground. And as more parks and playgrounds continue to open (we're looking at you Westside Park), our playground options continue to grow. We've compiled just a few of our favorite Atlanta playgrounds sure to bring a smile to any child's face.
Great Atlanta Playgrounds for Kids
Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, it's a good idea to check in with local offices to make sure your destination playground is open. It's also a good idea to take care of bathroom needs before heading out—some public restrooms at parks and playgrounds remain temporarily closed.
1. Morgan Falls Overlook Park—Sandy Springs
This 30-acre riverside park feels like a bit of Switzerland in Atlanta. The playground is loaded with play structures including rocking animals, swings, a spider climbing tower, a separate area for toddlers and features synthetic grass that stays cool year-round as well as sunshades to keep metal bars cool in the hottest months. The surrounding park features wooden porch swings overlooking the river, covered picnic pavilions with provisions for grilling, a massive fire pit, and a boat dock that attracts fishermen. A seasonal outfitter shop also offers stand-up paddleboard, kayak, and canoe rentals.
2. Chastain Memorial Park and Playground—Buckhead
This Buckhead mainstay is a longtime favorite among families in the area. The playground shoulders a slope of the park which is full of outdoor activities including a walking trail that winds around the golf course and baseball field. Walking distance from the playground there's a working horse farm, tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater that hosts some of the biggest acts in the nation, as well as more walking trails, and an arts center. The playground upgrades include a climbing structure, an observation tower, a sensory tunnel, musical equipment, long slides, toddler playhouses, and shade structures.
Cool down in the splash pad at Historic Fourth Ward Park and Playground. Photo courtesy of the park
3. Historic Fourth Ward Park and Playground—Historic Fourth Ward
This park and its environs are rapidly becoming known as the "Central Park" of Atlanta, the most optimal outdoor area for people watching. This Atlanta playground is one of several situated along the Beltline—the sprawling paved pedestrian walkway, bicycle, and rollerblade trail that loops around Atlanta's urban hub. This playground features an adjacent sprayground for hotter months. Playground equipment includes swings shaped like large bowls, a ropes course connected to a trampoline, a reverse slide, and a rock-climbing rope. There's also a skate park where older kids and thrill seekers can catch some serious air.
4. East Cobb Park and Playground—Marietta
The playground is considered one of the best in East Cobb and known to be dog friendly. There are two distinct play areas—one with a ramp to accommodate wheelchairs as well as several play structures and equipment for toddlers and preschool-age children, including swings, slides, monkey bars, and climbing structures. The park is known for its spacious layout and numerous surrounding walking trails. There's also an adjacent creek for kids to splash in and an open grassy area to spread out with picnic blankets.
Kids can engage in imaginative play at Wills Park Playground. Photo courtesy of Wills Park
5. Wills Park Playground—Alpharetta
This playground set in vast Wills Park is one of the biggest and most well maintained in Alpharetta. There are three distinct areas at this playground near Atlanta—Wacky World, featuring a mock wooden fairytale kingdom that inspires imaginative play; the Yellow Playground for younger children; and the Purple Playground, which offers more shade during hotter summer months. In the summer, families visiting the park can cool off with a dip at nearby Wills Park Pool, a spacious, clean, and family-friendly public pool with splash pads, slides, and dedicated swim lanes. Bonus? Your four-legged babies can play in Waggy World Paw Park inside Wills Park.
6. Brook Run Playground—Dunwoody
This is one of the largest playgrounds in Dunwoody, featuring play areas separated for older and younger children, with several sets of monkey bars, slides, swings, and a babbling brook where kids can dip their feet. There are shaded picnic areas, perfect for scheduled food truck nights. The park hosts frequent festivals and outdoor movie nights and is also home to aerial adventure park TreeTop Quest, which features a self-guided obstacle course with 12 ziplines. Reservations for TreeTop Quest must be made in advance. Brook Run also features a skate park for kiddos who seek more adventure and a dog park for the furry friends.
7. Kidscape Village at Cobb Park—Smyrna
This park is located just west of downtown Smyrna and features play structures for kids of all ages. It has been outfitted with new plastic and metal play equipment to inspire creativity and exploration among children. There are climbing walls for going up and over, boulders to climb, and a large spider web structure. The toddler play area has smaller swings and slides. Kids delight over the telescope and train structures, and most of the playground is shaded with giant umbrellas. The colorful playscapes allow for climbing, swinging, or sliding.
8. Logan Farm Park Playground—Acworth
This park is set among 120 acres of greenspace in the heart of downtown Acworth. The playground features a 25-foot tower, climbing structures, and a spider climbing net. Much of the playground is shaded, and the area around the swings features rubber flooring for a smooth landing. Visitors to Acworth can tour the historic downtown area and admire restored buildings that date from the early 1800s. Also worth the trip to Acworth—Lake Allatoona is a clean, well-kept lake that's becoming a top destination for kayakers and boaters.
Westside Park will eventually be 280 acres, the largest park in Atlanta, with enough outdoor space for all families of shapes and sizes. Photo by Bill Leffler
9. Westside Park—Atlanta
Once completed, the new Westside Park will feature more than 280 acres, making it the largest park in metro Atlanta. And what kid wouldn't want to play at the site of a former quarry, now filled with the city's emergency water supply?! Westside Park's playground includes a climbing structure with two slides as well as a slide built directly into the natural surrounding of rock. There's also suspended wooden beams, saucer swings, a rotating disc attraction, and percussion instruments.
10. Mason Mill Playground — Decatur
This in-town park features two separate playgrounds suitable for both older and younger kids. A pirate-ship play area and treehouse encourage kids to climb and slide. There's a community garden adjacent to the park where families can adopt a plot of land to grow plants. There is also a basketball court and a large green area with benches and covered picnic pavilions. The surrounding area of Mason Mill Park features a 120-acre forest known to have some of the best hiking and biking trails in DeKalb County.