Thanks to our record dry streak and long summer days, Seattle kids are loving the extra play time at their favorite parks. But if you’ve done the local playground circuit enough your smartphone thinks you work at the neighborhood tot lot, maybe it’s time to branch out into new territory. From medieval castles, to nautical play structures, to seaside swings and lakefront lunch spots, click through the gallery to see the best playgrounds the South Sound has to offer.

Titlow Park

Tucked away in the residential community of University Place, Titlow Park offers plenty of run-around room and fun features for the littles including a splash pad, climbing structure and swings with peek-a-boo views of the Sound. You'll want to walk the path across the train tracks, and down to the rocky waterfront —there's a great place for beachcombing and a breathtaking panorama of the Narrows Bridge and Gig Harbor. And speaking of trains, if your small fry is a little loco for locomotives there's a sweet view of the tracks from the playground and frequent processions to thrill avid train-gazers. When you're ready to wind them down, take a walk along the short path circling the lagoon or park it on the large grass lawn for a picnic.

Insider's Tip: Be aware that this is a popular park during the summer and gets especially busy during mid-day when camps held at the nearby historic Titlow Lodge break for lunch.

8425 6th Ave.
Tacoma, Wa 98406
Online: metroparkstacoma.org/titlow-park

photo: Kaye B. via Yelp

Have you and your crew had a chance to explore these South Sound playgrounds? Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.

— Rachael Brandon