Whether you’re in the city or the suburbs, every family has their favorite go-to playground for those sunny summer afternoons. While there are tons of beautiful parks around the country that kids adore, not all can boast jaw-dropping views and killer locations. Click through the slideshow and check out these picturesque playgrounds with views that even the little ones will appreciate…when they’re not busy playing of course!

Heckscher Playground, Central Park, New York

As parks go, Central Park pretty much takes the cake, and this playground shows exactly why. The play structure backs up to giant Umpire Rock, which provides a perfect view of the high rises and bustling display that is Manhattan (for the older kids, anyway). Younger tykes will still be able to take in the scenery from the water play area, while moms and dads will love this perfect spot to people watch.

7th Ave & Central Park S
New York, Ny
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Photo courtesy of edenpictures via Creative Commons

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— Claire Schillings