13 Amazing Playgrounds Worth Driving to Across Connecticut

Cheshire's Kids in Motion Playground offers a colorful backdrop and plenty of room to romp. Photo courtesy Cheshire Parks and Recreation
Cheshire's Kids in Motion Playground offers a colorful backdrop and plenty of room to romp. Photo courtesy Cheshire Parks and Recreation

Now that we have reached our limit on backyard fun, it's time to pull out the water bottles and pile the kids in the car to hit some of the best playgrounds in Connecticut. All of these playgrounds are unique, fun, and less than a 45-minute drive away from anywhere in the state.

If you're looking for more local fun, check out our favorite neighborhood playgrounds in the Hartford and Fairfield areas.

2020 update: Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, it's a good idea to check in with the local town offices before heading out to make sure your destination playground is still open to the public.

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Adam's Adventure offers all-ages and abilities a safe place to play. Photo courtesy of the Town of Tolland

1. Adam's Adventure – Tolland

2020 update: Bathroom facilities are closed at the time, but there are several portable toilets available.
There's something for everyone at Adam's Adventure, which even includes play structures for kids with mobility and cognitive impairments. Kids love zooming up the long ramp that runs through the main play structure and has lots of slides and ladders to peel off along the way. Smaller, colorful structures abound for climbing under or over. Parents are grateful for a large, covered pavilion with restrooms, perfect for breaks.

2. The Leonard Schine Preserve Natural Playground – Westport

If you would like to try something different with children ages 3 to 7, check out the natural playground on the property of the Leonard Schine Preserve. Built in 2010, the playground includes all-natural wood play areas such as ramps, tables, and chairs. It has areas for tea parties, fort building, and digging. There is even an Elvin village and a man-made bear cave to play in as well.

3. Butternut Hollow Park – Middletown

Butternut Hollow is a great place to bring kids from toddlers up to age 8. With soft, foam rubber flooring and many features for adventure, the park is shaded and brightly colored. It has a super-tall tower with a descending tube slide and great playground climb-ons for new walkers, too. There's also a pond nearby to explore.

4. Mikey's Place – Wethersfield

A personal favorite of mine, this cozy, suburban neighborhood playground is a wonderful destination for all ages. Our favorite place to go at Mikey's is the monster-sized sandpit with huge scoopers. But there are also long ramps, towers, a zip line, climbers, a seesaw, and other unique play areas as well. Benches are available on-site for parents to rest while supervising.

There are plenty of fun ramps and accessories to stoke the imagination at Sky's the Limit. Photo courtesy of Ridgefield Parks and Rec

5. Sky's the Limit – Ridgefield

This is an "all-abilities" playground located at the Ridgefield Recreation Center with fun ramps, tubes, and climbing ropes. Children with special needs can enjoy high-backed swings, low monkey bars, and other accessible structures.

6. Bodie's Place Playground – Milford

2020 update: Currently, this playground is only open to residents.
A smaller playscape in Eisenhower Park, Bodie's Place has ample parking and a huge picnic gazebo. The playground has slides for little ones up to elementary-age children. The play area includes a spiderweb climber, ramps, and towers.

7. Kids in Motion – Cheshire

The super sunny Bartlem Park in Cheshire is home to Kids in Motion. There is a large play area with multiple locations for families to plant themselves for an hour or two. Some of the features include climbers, swings, ramps, tunnels, towers, ladders, and rock-climbing walls. Wear your sunblock; you'll be here for a while!

8. Pease Place – Woodbridge

The brainchild of two local moms, this accessible playground has a lot of exciting features, most notably its space-age looking climbing tower that connects to a tall tube slide delights parkgoers. There are two separate areas, one designed for toddlers and preschoolers and another for kids ages 5 to 12.

There's plenty of room to explore—and accessible features at every turn—at Hannah's Dream. Photo courtesy of New Haven Transportation, Traffic, and Parking Dept.

9. Hannah's Dream – New Haven

Located at East Shore Park, Hannah's Dream is an all-ability accessible playground. At 300,000 square feet, there is plenty of space in this wide-open play area. Kids delight in playing on its swings, towers, ramps, tunnels, seesaws, and tire swing; parents appreciate the fact this spot was renovated in 2017.

10. Devon's Place – Norwalk

This is a playground with maritime flair! Come play at Devon's and see the huge lighthouse, the whale in the sand, and the boat. A very natural environment also includes a tire swing. Before you leave, walk the cool labyrinth path!

Interesting slides are part of the fun at Jonathon's Dream. Photo by Amy Sommers Photography

11. Jonathon's Dream – Bloomfield

2020 update: Closed due to COVID-19​.
Newly re-opened and completely redesigned, Jonathon's Dream has state-of-the-art features for children of all abilities. Children will enjoy a Jeep to play in, two zip-lines, swings, and plenty of places to climb. There is also a central gazebo for having a snack or nursing a smaller child.

12. Salmon Brook State Park – East Granby

2020 update: Closed due to COVID-19​.
Located just north of the Bradley International Airport, Salmon Brook services the town of East Granby and many others with its two well-maintained playgrounds: one little and appropriate for toddlers, and the other large and full of creative pit-stops for big kids. There are two ride-on, spring-loaded animals, several swings (including a handicap-accessible model), tunnels, slides, and platforms to run on. There are also two tables with large umbrellas so mom or dad can sit in the shade.

13. Josh's Jungle – Hamden

2020 update: Closed due to COVID-19​.
Josh's Jungle is designed around a rainforest theme with pretend life-sized animals. Kids love running along the platforms under the shaded areas, and parents enjoy knowing there is a fence around the entire structure. Perfect for toddlers up to preschoolers, Josh's Jungle is next door to the Miller Memorial Library and the town's community gardens, making a perfect day-trip destination.

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