Fasten your seat belt: We’re taking you on a trip around the world. Click through our album to get an insider’s look at the most fascinating, colorful, engaging and all-out fantastical playgrounds out there. Climb a faux spider web in Japan. Swing on tires in Germany. Splash in fountains in Brooklyn. Or at least feel like you are by peeking at these inspiring pictures.

Miner’s Playground – Chuquicamata, Chile
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Miner’s Playground – Chuquicamata, Chile

Located in the Atacama desert, one of the driest places in the world, is Chuquicamata, a miner’s town that was shut down in 2007. Despite being abandoned, this playground’s structures still carry a playful, imaginative design that matches the industrial era it developed in. Slide over to PlayGroundology, a blog about everything playgrounds, to see more amazing photos.

photo: James Byrum via Flickr Creative Commons

  1. Diana Memorial Playground - London, UK
  2. The Blue Whale - Gothenburg, Sweden
  3. Miner’s Playground – Chuquicamata, Chile
  4. Adventure Playground - Berkeley, Ca
  5. The Fruit and Scent Playground - Liljeholmen, Sweden

Which one is your favorite? Got another jaw-dropping playground to share? Leave us a Comment below. 

— Christal Yuen & Scott Wardell