Before summer starts to swelter here in Hotlanta, it is time to take this outside, parents. We scoured the city and rounded up 10 playgrounds that are a breath of fresh air and a guaranteed boredom buster. These parks have something for everyone—even the grown-ups. Consider this your bitty’s bucket list. Enjoy!
Our very own “Central Park” has everything you loved before you had kids, like brunch and coffee right around the corner and miles of jogging trails—but with kids, this park gets even better. Head over to feed the ducks, and then play at not one but two amazing playgrounds. Mayor’s Grove, located smack dab in the middle of the park will make your kid ready for a nap in no time with rock climbing, tunnels, bridges and slides galore. Appreciate the arts? Check out the famed Noguchi playscape by the 12th Street entrance, the only playground in the world designed by artist Isamu Noguchi.
Helpful Hint: This park is huge so bring along a stroller as even the most energetic of tykes are bound to get exhausted!
Find It: 1320 Monroe Drive
Grab brunch at Flying Biscuit, or tea from Dr. Bombay’s and head over here to explore the play structures for kids of all ages. We love the community feel here and how easy it is to connect with other parents while sipping coffee and pushing little ones on the swing.
Helpful Hint: If your kiddo loves kicking the ball around, make sure to bring one with you since there’s tons of green space to play!
Find It: 585 Candler Park Drive
First Christian Decatur Toy Park
Check out Atlanta’s most eclectic family-friendly neighborhood park filled with scooters, tricycles (yay!), and push cars that appeal to even the little ones who can’t yet walk. Grab some caffeinated goodness from nearby Dancing Goats and when your kids need refueling of their own head over to Marlay House, or Farm Burger, to name just a few of the eateries right around the corner.
Helpful Hint: There’s no parking lot, but feel free to park on the side streets. During off peak hours, the Church across the street allows parking on its premises.
Find It: 133 Nelson Ferry Road
Peachtree-Dekalb Airport Park
The airplane-motif playground here is cute, but the real reason we love it? This park is literally next to a runway. Watch airplanes, helicopters, and blimps, take off and land while you push your kids in the swing, or hang out at the viewing deck for the best view. Exhausted from all the plane watching? Check out Downwind restaurant next door and recharge.
Helpful Hint: This park can get super windy so make sure to bring an extra layer to block the breeze!
Find It: 2000 Airport Road
Old Fourth Ward Park
Atlanta’s first beltline park is a huge hit! Take in the lake, hit up the playgrounds, cool off in the huge splash pad, and do some people-watching at the skate park right on the premises. We especially love the easily accessible bathrooms that make a change of outfit from all the splashing fun a cinch!
Helpful Hint: Forgot to pack a snack? While Ponce City Market isn’t complete yet, Dancing Goats is open, so head on over, grab some munchies and keep on playing!
Find It: 680 Dallas Street
The natural beauty here is spectacular! Your kids will go nuts for the sprawling playground with a rock-climbing wall and large spider web to explore, and you will love the shade awnings, a sigh of relief during the dog days of summer.
Helpful Hint: With tons of birthday parties, the parking lot fills up fast, be sure to come early on weekends!
Find It: 200 Morgan Falls Road
We all know this is the go-to park for the best concerts in the city, but did you know it also has an amazing playground? Get your shopping on at nearby Lenox Mall, and then let the kids loose in this cozy little enclave for some swinging, sliding and zip-lining in the heart of busy, bustling, Buckhead.
Helpful Hint: No walkable eateries or public restrooms so keep that in mind before heading over!
Find It: 4001 Powers Ferry Road
Centennial Olympic Park
You could easily spend a bundle and explore the best of Atlanta all located within walking distance from this park, or. . . you can head to this park and have a fun-filled day— for free! Get your play on at the playground by the Georgia Aquarium entrance, and dance in the water fountains that have a free musical show several times a day!
Helpful Hint: Make sure to check out the recently added watery oasis, so soothing you forget you’re in the busiest part of our beloved city.
Find It: 265 Park Avenue Northwest
Mason Mill Park
Pirateers and adventurers, rejoice! Your dream playground complete with pirate ship, is here! This playground is so fun and different from all others it makes us wish we were kids again. Walk the winding nature trail and take in the funky graffiti art on the abandoned water work building.
Helpful Hint: Some people have reported injuries on some of the trickier play equipment so careful supervision is a must.
Find It: 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur
A tiny park nestled near Town Brookhaven, your kids will love this park for its collaborative community collection of toys, bicycles and scooters, and an awesome view of trains whooshing down the tracks. You will love this park for the friendly parents happy to chat, lending this little park a very warm neighborhood feel.
Helpful Hint: Shade is sparse here so make sure to load up on the sunscreen before heading out!
Find It: 2980 Redding Road
Where is your favorite playground in Atlanta? Tell us in the comments section below!