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Boston Playgrounds | The Best Playgrounds in Boston for Kids

Boston features many playgrounds throughout the city and in the suburbs. Spring, Summer and Fall are peak times to be outside in Boston, and having a favorite go-to playground, or discovering a brand new one can make any day a fun adventure. View a full list of open DCR playgrounds as of June 15, 2020 per the COVID-19 re-opening plan.

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Castle Island & Carson Beach at Fort IndependenceBoston, Free
Great shoreline park with views of Logan planes landing, beaches, endless walkways, playground, snacks at Sullivan's, and of course Fort Independence.
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Alexander Kemp PlaygroundCambridge, Free
A cool, state of the art playground in the heart of Cambridge. Slides are embedded into hills. There is a swing set for toddlers, a multi-directional dish-shaped swing that can be used by several children at once, a...
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Alpine Field PlaygroundWayland, Free
This is a newer playground specially designed for the toddler set. It features a wide variety of play structures and a sandbox with equipment and toys. Fenced in, with a gate, in a quiet wooded setting.
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Auburndale CoveNewton, Free
A very peaceful park on the Charles River in Newton. There are ducks, geese and swans for kids to feed, and playground equipment for tots and kids. There is also a picnic area and restrooms.
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Bates PlaygroundWellesley, Free
Two playgrounds in one, featuring a large play structure with 3 slides, a rock climbing wall and some swings. Another play area in the front has a rope climb, monkey sliders, and undergound microphones.
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Capron Park & ZooAttleboro, $
The Capron Park Zoo is a great place to bring the entire family. This zoo is a small park with plenty of animals to see. The river otters offer plenty of entertainment with their tricks and performances that they seem...
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Cashman ParkNewburyport, Free
A waterfront park that has activities for everyone: a jungle gym, open fields, tennis and basketball courts, soccer and softball fields, and a public boat ramp!
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Charles Bank Playground & Spray DeckBoston, Free
Situated along the banks of the Charles River, it's a family's dream; a spot where the kids can swing, run, climb, and pretend, while parents enjoy the sun glimmering on the Charles. In the summer, there is a spray...
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Charles River Esplanade PlaygroundBoston, Free
The Esplanade playspace is a new playground area along the Charles River with neat new structures for climbing, zip lining, spinning, swinging. Come check it out!
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Christopher Columbus Waterfront ParkBoston, Free
The Columbus Waterfront Park has a great playground, free views of the waterfront, a pretty rose garden, and plenty of room for kids to run around and burn off
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Concord Playground & Spray FountainConcord, Free
Great open playground, better for preschool age, but toddlers can climb too with supervision. Features a great spray fountain for those hot summer days.
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Dorothy Curran Play Area at Moakley ParkBoston, Free
The Dorothy Curran Playground is the City of Boston’s most accessible playground, designed with physically challenged children in mind. The entire playground is designed for maximum wheelchair accessibility with...
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EMC PlaygroundHopkinton, Free
The EMC Playground in Hopkinton is wonderful for a variety of ages - more for toddlers. There is a lot of shade, benches, four baby/toddler swings, and the climb-on area is big enough for mom to get up there too with...
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Endicott ParkDanvers, $
Offers a large playground, animal farm and nature hiking path. Picnic tables are available throughout the grounds. Bathrooms and drink machines can be found in the main building.
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Hardy School PlaygroundWellesley, Free
This is an awesome playground with lots of climbing structures, slides, swings, 2 baby swings, room to run around, and plenty of shade. Great for all ages.
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Harold Fay Memorial Park & PlaygroundSouthborough, Free
What a great park for kids of all ages! There is a gated/enclosed toddler park and a play set for older kids too. Grassy area and ball field are nice, and there is a covered structure where you can get out of the sun....
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Hingham Community PlaygroundHingham, Free
Great hidden playground in Hingham, MA. Most only know of this wonderful playground if they live in Hingham! It has multiple playground sets for all ages, swings for all ages, a climbing wall for little ones, a little...
KidSpot PlaygroundAshland, Free
The playground is designed for children under 8. There are swings (including baby swing), slides, places to climb, a sandbox, and open space to run around. The playground is located next to Stone Park near Ashland center.
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Martin's Park PlaygroundBoston, Free
Adjacent to the Boston Children's Museum on the Smith Family Waterfront in the Seaport District, Boston Parks and Recreation Department has created an inclusive park and play space that is the first of its kind in the...
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Murphy PlaygroundNatick, Free
Nice fenced in playground along Route 27. Includes 4 Baby swings, plenty of shade, sandbox, a large fun climbing structure, slides, and lots of room to run around.
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NARA Park & PlaygroundActon, $
During the summer, the beach portion at NARA has a daily rate for swimming. Families can rent boats, use the playground, walk the trails, or take in a concert at the ampitheatre.
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Nelson Park Splash Pad (under construction)Plymouth, Free
The 5,000-square-foot splash pad at Nelson Park is a refreshing place to cool off in the heat, and features motion and push-button activated jets of water shooting in different directions off a cool rubberized surface.
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North Point Park & Splash PadCambridge, Free
A nifty new playground featuring structures for various ages, a spray deck, fully fenced-in and safe for the kiddos, trails, bridges, picnic tables, and doggy friendly running spots.
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Percy Rideout PlaygroundConcord, Free
Wonderful outdoor playground with a jungle gym, swings, and cedar grounds. Equipment is shaded for sunny days.
Planet PlaygroundNew Hampshire, Free
A giant, wooden play structure in Exeter, NH, designed with the input of 1200 elementary age children, local artists, and representatives from the special needs community. Come to the playground 'for out of this galaxy fun!'
Rating the PlaygroundsVirtual/Online, Free
A helpful interactive site that locates and rates playgrounds in Greater Boston.
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Sherborn PlaygroundSherborn, Free
This is an enclosed playground. One side is designed for toddlers and the other for older children. The area is wooded and you can see horses through the trees.
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SMILE Sudbury PlaygroundSudbury, Free
This Sudbury Playground includes a Boundless Playground area designated for 5 – 12 year olds and a new 2 – 5 year old tot lot. Loads of unique climbers & slides to explore for children of all abilities.
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Stoneman Playground on the EsplanadeBoston, Free
Wonderful playspace is conveniently located along the esplanade. It's divided into two separate, gated areas. One for toddlers and one for older kids.
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For more information about playgrounds in Boston, including Martin's Park, this helpful interactive playground map created by Boston Parks and Recreation is a great resource for plotting out where your next adventure will be.