Can you believe we have visited over 40 playgrounds since this site began in 2011? I can’t! But we really have visited that many and wanted to make sure you had all of the details. So today’s post is just a BIG list of Connecticut playgrounds. A simple post, but I think it might come in handy over the next few months!
For many of you, this might be a great post to bookmark so that the next time we have a beautiful day on tap (like any of the next few days this week!) you can use this as your go-to guide.
But I have a feeling this list is only a small sub-set of all of the wonderful playground destinations in our state so we would love your help in finding other amazing playgrounds to explore. If you know of a must-visit playground in your area, will you share it with us by either leaving a comment on this post, sending me an email (email@example.com) or leaving us a note on our Facebook page? We are working on our summer destination plans right now and would love recommendations on new playgrounds to check out!
Buckingham Road is a lovely spot with tons of activities for kids of different ages, including a separate toddler-sized playscape, a gigantic big kid’s playscape (with five slides!), a sandbox, swings, picnic areas and more. Oh, and did I mention that it’s completely fenced-in? Score!
Though it can be a little challenging to find, the Bloomfield Boundless Playground is worth the effort! The playground includes multiple playscapes, swings (including baby swings), and a covered picnic area.
Rockwell Park has so many fun things to explore including an amazing playground with separate playscapes for big and little kids, trails, a pond and even a splash pad in the summer! There’s also a covered picnic area near the playground that’s perfect for busting out the snacks.
Walter’s Boundless Playground at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley transforms a morning of errands (like a visit to Snip-Its) into a fun outing for the wee ones. This playground is tiny but full of fun and convenient to many of your favorite stores. Plus, it is completely fenced-in! I like to stop here after an outing to the Little Green Tambourine.
The Kids in Motion Playground at Bartlem Park has something for everyone! From multiple playscapes to slides and swings and musical elements to a rope climbing apparatus and even a rock wall, this destination has activities for all ages and abilities. And since it’s completely fenced-in, it’s easy to manage multiple kiddos! It can get a little hot in the full sun location, so during heat waves it’s best to visit in the early morning or late afternoon. In the summertime, also be sure to check out Sweet Claude’s, the delicious ice cream shop just up the road!
The playground at Clinton’s Town Beach is the perfect summer destination. A beautiful beach and an awesome playscape. Does an outdoor adventure get any more picturesque than this? We don’t think so! Plus, you can make it a day trip with a little shopping and lunch nearby. Go during the off-season (from Labor Day to Memorial Day) to avoid the parking fee.
RecPlex Playground is a perfect destination for kids young and old. It features a playscape for the toddler crowd and one for the elementary crew. It has regular swings and baby swings. There is a walking trail and a picnic area where the kids can grab lunch or a snack. For the older crowd there is a skate park and climbing equipment nearby. Plus, a spray pad is open during the summer.
Toddlers and preschoolers will have a ball at the playground at Pierson Park. There is a lot for them to explore including multiple playscapes, swings, a sandbox, and merry-go-round. Plus it has some unique features including a dragon structures for the little ones to climb. Bring a stroller and start or end your outing with a walk on one of the park’s trails.
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Enjoy some time at the Hole in the Wall beach and then take a break with the kids at the McCook Point Park Playground. Off-season (Labor Day to Memorial Day) you can access the playground for free but in-season you will need to pay a parking fee. The playground includes multiple playscapes, swings and (of course) beautiful water views.
Located right next to the Enfield library is the Enfield Rotary Accessible Playground. The play area features a playscape, swings and play area for toddlers and a larger playscape, play area and swings for preschoolers on up. There is also a covered picnic area at this destination so feel free to bring the kids a snack or meal and enjoy it there before heading home (or extending your stay with a library visit).
Another beach and playground combination can be found at Sandcastle Playground located right across the parking lot from Jennings Beach. Like many of the other beach playgrounds this one is free during the off-season and there is a parking fee during the beach season (Memorial Day to Labor Day). The mostly wood, nautical-inspired playground is full of unique features and creative play opportunities for kids of different ages. Definitely worth a visit.
Addison Park in Glastonbury has a fabulous Boundless Playground with three separate playscapes, including one shaped like a plane! There is also a picnic area, and water activities in the summer months. Plenty of parking, nearby restroom facilities, plus benches for mommies and swings for babies make this a hot spot for playdates.
Buckingham Park is a toddler-friendly hideaway in Glastonbury with a pint-sized playscape and plenty of shade. The playground’s sandbox, baby swings and benches, make this a great playground for a variety of ages. It’s mostly fenced-in too. Plus you can head right across the street to Highland Park Market for a little post-playground grocery shopping or to grab some lunch.
The Playground at Ross Field is one of the town’s best kept secrets–until now! This completely fenced-in playground is a preschooler’s paradise and includes, among other things, a giant sandbox filled with toys, swings, and two playscapes. Plus plenty of benches where mommies can sit, supervise, and socialize.
The brand new Riverfront Park Playground will be a popular destination this spring and summer. Not only is it NEW but the park features two fully fenced-in play areas, easy parking, walking paths, a boat house, dog park, and scenic river views.
Salmon Brook Park has two playgrounds — a fully fenced-in small playground near the park’s front entrance (the Tot Lot) and a much larger playground in the back of the park near Salmon Brook. Let the kids burn off their energy at one of these great playgrounds and then let them enjoy one of the park’s other features including walking trails, swimming area (seasonal), ball fields, and the Salmon Brook itself.
Josh’s Jungle playground with its adorable safari theme is not only fully-fenced in, but this boundless playground is also totally accessible via ramps with enclosed sides so that even your littlest ones can explore with confidence (and you can feel comfortable letting them run free!). It can get a little hot in warm weather due to the full sun location, so plan accordingly.
The Ana Grace Marquez-Greene Playground in Elizabeth Park was built in 2014 as part of the On Sandy Ground Project. The playground was expanded later that year to include more features including swings, another playscape, and a climbing structure.
Bushnell Park in downtown Hartford is a wonderful public space with plenty of green grass, a smaller-scale playscape, and the pièce de résistance: the carousel. The playground also contains a few water features, so prepare to get a little wet! (FYI. This post is mostly about the Winterfest event at Bushnell, but it does contain a picture of the playground and general information on visiting the park.) Please note: we heard a rumor that the playground had been knocked down in the fall of 2016–updates to follow soon!
Goodwin Park on the Hartford/Wethersfield line is well-known for its Holiday Light Fantasia event in the winter months, and for its golf course in the warmer seasons. But did you know about the great Boundless Playground? Neither did we until a friend clued us in. It has a synthetic padded surface (no mulch to find its way into little mouths!) and a small toddler playscape too.
Veterans Memorial Park Playground is filled with two playscapes, swings, picnic areas, and plenty of space for kids to run and play. The playground is not fully fenced-in but it is set way back from the road and the parking area so you can rest easy even if you have a mini sprinter in your crew.
Wickham Park on the Manchester/East Hartford line has three playgrounds, an aviary, a nature center, gardens, trails, fields, picnic areas and more. There’s even a snack bar on weekends during the open season. Oh, and did I mention that the main playground is completely fenced-in, shaded with trees, AND located right near restroom facilities? We’ll see you there! Check out both of our posts on this great destination: Post #1: Main Playground, Nature Center, and Aviary and Post #2: Sensory Garden, Picnic Areas (with playgrounds), and Fitness Trail.
Hubbard Park is home to some wonderful festivals like the Festival of Silver Lights at holiday time and the spring Meriden Daffodil Festival. But it’s also got an amazing, totally fenced-in playground that will make this destination a kid favorite any time of year. Add in a stroll around the lovely lake and you’ve got a terrific morning or afternoon outing!
Bodie’s Place Playground is a boundless playground located in Eisenhower Park. This treehouse-inspired play area has separate playscapes for big and little kids, lots of swings, a sandbox, a large covered picnic area and fun things to explore in every corner. And the best part about it — the playground is fully fenced-in!
River Park Playground is a great stop on your next shoreline visit. If you love taking a trip to Mystic as much as I do, you will be excited to learn about this completely fenced-in playground located within walking distance to downtown.
Brodie Park has a fully fenced-in playground. With a playscape for the 2-5 crowd as well as a playscape for the 5-12 crowd, tons of swings, slides, bouncy contraptions, a sandbox, a climbing wall and so many more things to explore, this playground is a great choice when you have multiple age kids in tow.
East Rock Park in New Haven is known for its hiking trails, but it also has lots for tots too. There’s a large playground plus plenty of space to run around. It’s even got a covered picnic area so it’s the perfect spot for an outdoor lunch.
Young’s Field in New Milford has many amenities including a fantastic playground with some of the most exciting slides we’ve seen yet (if you don’t believe us, just ask Bruiser and Sparkles). The park is stroller accessible and there are also picnic tables and benches. Plus, great ice cream and more in downtown New Milford, which is within easy walking distance.
Mill Pond Park is home to Our Children’s Place Boundless Playground, a giant set of playscapes with the perfect mix of activities for little and bigger kids. Plus an enormous enclosed sandbox, picnic tables, benches, and baby swings.
Imagination Station Playground is located in Ballard Park and was an easy (and fun) destination after my visit with a friend at the Ridgefield Public Library (located right across the street). Let the kids play in one of the two fully fenced-in play areas and then walk into town for lunch (or just a treat).
Elm Ridge Park has something for everyone in the family (there’s even a dog park for your four-legged children). Two playscapes with a separate toddler play area, baby swings, a covered picnic area, pool, skatepark, fields, and more. There’s also a great summer concert series.
Rotary Park is a Boundless Playground with oodles to explore. There are plenty of options for sliding and climbing, plus a large sandbox, baby swings, and picnic tables too. Another plus? It’s mostly enclosed with a fence, so you don’t have to spend the whole time chasing down escaping kiddos.
Simsbury Farms Playground is fully fenced-in and provides visitors with a great place to play while enjoying a picturesque view (especially when the leaves change in the fall). The space has large and small playscapes, a covered picnic area, and did I mention it is fenced-in (yay!)? The only challenge is that the playground’s swings are located outside of the fenced-in area and down a small hill. However, this could be a nice feature if you just want your kiddo to play and not ask to be taken in and out of a swing during your entire visit (or is my kid the only one pulling that stunt?)
Rainbow Playground is a fully fenced-in play area located in Panthorn Park. It features two playscapes, a sandbox, swings, and a stroller-friendly pathway lining its perimeter. The park also has other great features including walking trails, basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas, and more.
Nevers Park is home to My Friend’s Place, which is another great Boundless Playground. This playground has separate playscapes for big and little kids, baby swings, a sandbox, covered picnic pavilion, and more. Plus, there are plenty of benches with good views of the play areas so you can relax while your wee one burns off some energy.
Adam’s Adventure Playground at the Cross Farms Recreation Complex is a brand new playground (opened in May 2016) with lots of fun features like a unique playscape complimented by creative freestanding climbing structures. There are also plenty of swings and even a grassy area perfect for hanging out with a baby who’s not quite ready for the equipment yet 🙂 Plus, it’s fully fenced-in!
Mikey’s Place playground at Standish Park is the best of both worlds with a fenced-in pre-schooler playground and a larger playscape for older kids. It’s got lots of swings, tons of slides, a large sandbox, and even a puppet theater. Plus, plenty of shady green space perfect for a picnic.
Mill Woods Park Playground offers both small and large playscapes, regular and baby swings, and bouncers. In the summertime, trees offer shade and picnic tables offer a great place for lunch or a snack. Make it a double feature by checking out the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center (which is right down the road) either before or after your playground outing.
The Fernridge Park Playground has undergone a slight transformation over the past few years. The larger playscape was removed and replaced with a new play area up the hill while the smaller playscape remains. The park also contains a pool and spray pad making it a popular summertime destination.
The Miracle League Playground is fairly new and that wonderful style of boundless play (which means it is perfect for children of all ability levels). I especially like that the ground cover is perfect for a crawler. You won’t have to worry about them putting a random piece of mulch in their mouth here!
Solomon’s Path Boundless Playground on the Solomon Schechter Day School campus has lots of slides and interesting things to climb. It also has plenty of swings (baby and regular), and lots of fun activities tucked into the playscapes. This one’s only open when school’s out though, so be sure to check our post for the schedule details before you go.
The Solomon Schechter Day School also has a fenced-In playground on its campus. We call this one the “Secret Playground” and it’s only open during non-school hours too. But it’s worth checking the schedule because this preschooler-sized playground is completely fenced-in and small enough that you can supervise while enjoying a seat. If you’ve got multiple little ones or you’re expecting another, this one should definitely be on your list.
Wolcott Park has the perfect toddler playground. It’s bright and colorful with baby swings, a sandbox, and a fun “castle” element to the playscape. But you want to know the best part? It’s fully fenced-in. Like we said, perfect!
Northwest Park has a lot to offer on its’ 473 acres, the playground is just a start. There are also walking/hiking trails, a barn with animals, a pond with fish and ducks and plenty of other nature to explore. The setting is beautiful and it has a lot to offer families with kids of all ages.
Pease Place Community Playground has a space-age feel and some of the tallest slides we’ve ever seen! If you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re probably in good company. That’s because it just opened in May of 2015.
So there you have it, our BIG list of Connecticut playgrounds. I hope this helps you find the perfect playground for your next outing!
And don’t forget that if you know of another playground we should add to our list, share it with us by either leaving a comment on this post, sending us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leaving us a note on our Facebook page.
- NEW New England Air Museum – Located in Windsor Locks, CT, NEAM houses dozens of historic civilian and military aircraft and memorabilia in two giant hangers that visitors can tour. A family-friendly destination, the museum also hosts a variety of fun and educational events and activities for kids. Check out their 2015 April vacation activities from 4/13-4/17 & 4/20-4/24! (Read the OAAM post on this destination here)
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – The state’s only free-standing hospital that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Based in Hartford, Connecticut Children’s also provides services at several locations throughout the state.
- The Independent Day School – Located on a rural campus in Middlefield, CT, this private pre-school, elementary and middle school serves families from over 20 communities.
- Mandell JCC – The Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT, welcomes and serves families and individuals of all ages, stages, backgrounds and faiths. Our fitness, wellness and recreation, arts and culture, camp, early childhood education programs, classes, clubs and services are open to all. You Belong Here!
- Marie-Chantal Luxury Children’s wear – Giving one lucky reader a chance to WIN $500 to spend in their online store. Marie-Chantal is a global lifestyle brand creating unique and beautifully crafted designer children’s clothes and gifts for boys and girls from newborn to 12 years old.
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