Get Some Fresh Air at the 21 Best Playgrounds in Atlanta

The weather is perfect for going outside and enjoying one of these terrific playgrounds in and around Atlanta.
  • Morgan Falls is a parent favorite with ample shade and rubber padded flooring. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    Morgan Falls is a parent favorite with ample shade and rubber padded flooring. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Even babies love to make a splash in the creek at Brook Run Park. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    Even babies love to make a splash in the creek at Brook Run Park. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Fernbank's outdoor exhibits are full of hands-on fun. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    Fernbank's outdoor exhibits are full of hands-on fun. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Swing into fun at Dunwoody Nature Center. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    Swing into fun at Dunwoody Nature Center. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Playtown Suwanee is a wooden wonderland. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    Playtown Suwanee is a wooden wonderland. (Joleen Pete Photography)

Most parents would agree that there are few things more treasured than a good park – somewhere fun and safe for your kids to let their energy out. In a city as big as Atlanta, there are certainly plenty to choose from. Slides and swings, climbable artwork and water features – these are a few of the things that make up our list of the 21 best Atlanta playgrounds. 

  1. All Children’s Park at Centennial Olympic Park – By “All Children,” they mean it. This playground was conceived to be inclusive of all kids, including special needs and disabled children. The park features wheelchair-friendly swings, special slides, a multi-sensory roller slide and other activities that all children can enjoy. 

    Insider’s Tip: Hot outside? Cool off in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park while enjoying the synchronized water/music program that plays four times every day.

  2. ATL Playground at Woodruff Park – Perhaps one of the more iconic playgrounds in Atlanta, the ALT at Woodruff Park is cleverly disguised as art. This cool sculpture hides a climbing wall, slides and even monkey bars inside its cool facade.

  3. Brook Run Park – Located in Dunwoody, the Children’s Adventure Garden at Brook Run features four colorful play structures divvied up for little kids and big kids. These shaded play structures include rubberized matting that cushions falls and are full of adventure activities from slides, swings and monkey bars to a “log roll” and multicolored tunnel. There is a skate park and dog park on the property, as well as a trail for walking and riding.

    Insider’s Tip: When the weather calls for it, let the kids wear a bathing suit for wading in the creek that streams through the entire playground area.

  4. Dunwoody Nature Center – Nestled in the middle of majestic trees and lush foliage, Dunwoody Nature Center features a more traditional area for kids to climb, crawl and swing. Areas for toddlers and bigger kids allow play for everyone. Even grown- ups can try the giant rope swing or new-style teeter-totter. 

    Insider’s Tip: The playground and parking are completely free. Pack a lunch and spend the day at the center. Hike the trails together and cool off in the newly re-opened creek. 

  5. Fernbank Museum of Natural History – There’s tons to do at Fernbank but children will be especially enamored with WildWoods, an elevated walkway leading kids on an adventure that includes hands-on, trailside experiences, a sensory wall and nature-inspired playground. Weather not cooperating? Head inside to NatureQuest, a multi-level clubhouse providing immersive experiences – such as live animal interactions, hands on activities and other explorations – for the whole family,

    Insider’s Tip: Pack a picnic and eat outside under the trees or visit The Fernbank Café for deli-style sandwiches, soups, pizzas, kids' meals and more. Members save 10-percent.

  6. Garrard Landing Park – Certainly one of the prettiest parks in the Roswell area, Gerrard Landing is located right on the bank of the river, which provides a cool locale for playing on the huge play structure, including giant tube slides, climbing walls, spinners and swings. Play on the large grassy area, too, or take the family on a canoe ride down the river.

    Insider’s Tip: It can be easy to miss when you're driving along Holcomb Bridge Road. Turn in at Johns Creek Environmental Campus.

  7. Historical Fourth Ward Park – Conveniently located on Atlanta BeltLine, this park is a great place to stop on your morning walk or a great destination for the whole family. Littles can frolic on the play structures while parents enjoy coffee from nearby Ponce City Market. Older kids can enjoy the skate park, and everyone can cool off on the huge splash pad when the weather is hot. 

  8. Mason Mill Park – Yaarrrghh! Ahoy, me hardies!  If pirates are your game this park has your name written all over it. Yes, this park has a fun pirate ship on the playground in addition to a three-level tree house, giant tube slides, climbing wall and swings for littles and bigs.

    Insider’s Tip: Not much shade here, so pack plenty of sunscreen, water and a shade umbrella or pop up if you have one.

  9. Morgan Falls Park – If your kids are climbers, this park is for you. This gorgeous park includes not only a climbing wall but also a fun spider web to dangle from in addition to more traditional slides and structures. This park is a natural beauty and smartly features shade awnings for cooling-off breaks in between playing. The entire play area has rubberized matting for softer landings as well. Pack a lunch and eat under the giant gazebo. This park also features trails for hiking and a dock on the lake for fishing. You can rent paddle boards for stand-up surfing.

    Insider’s Tip: This location is popular for parties, so get here early on weekends to find a parking space and a place to “camp” out.

  10. Noguchi Playscape at Piedmont Park – Located in Atlanta’s own “Central Park” is the famed Noguchi playscape by the 12th Street entrance, the only playground in the world designed by artist Isamu Noguchi. After playing, visit the ducks and grab a cup of coffee before heading home.

    Insider’s Tip: Piedmont Park is BIG, bring a stroller or wagon to help tired toddlers.

  11. Peachtree-Dekalb Airport Park – Most kids love airplanes and helicopters, which is what makes the Airport Park so special. Literally next to a runway at Peachtree-Dekalb, the airplane-themed park has stellar views of planes taking off and landing plus helicopters. And you may even catch a blimp.

    Insider’s Tip: The park is conveniently located next door to the Downwind restaurant where you can pop in for a refreshment.

  12. Playable Art Park at Abernathy Greenway – Recently named one of the top parks, this cool park features huge, colorful works of art that you can play on. From cool, giant red swings to a climbable spider and colorful mosaic wall, this park is full of beautiful form and function. This is one place where you are definitely encouraged to TOUCH the art.

  13. Playtown Suwanee – Imaginations will go wild at Playtown Suwanee. One of the few parks with a sand pit (complete with toys for the kids to play with), Playtown also features a magical bus, a cabin, a castle, a rocket and so much more. The usual playground subjects make an appearance here, too, but if your child is into imaginative play, this is the place to visit. 

    Insider’s Tip: The park is located just a couple doors down from the public library. Attend story time and then hop over to the park to let out some energy. There is a new free library located right on the premises, so feel free to take a book for yourself and bring your own to share with others.  

  14. Roswell Area Park – This huge park has amenities for everyone from the sports fields and nature trails to the community swimming pool,  but it’s the three separate playgrounds that captured our attention. Kids of all ages will find a place to play. Playgrounds are geared toward age groups and have lots of swings. Great slides, tire swings, climbing structures, bars and activity stations round out the offerings at these playgrounds. There are also two water spray stations for a fee, in the summer. Visit the Roswell website for more information.

  15. Shorty Howell Park – This 67-acre park is huge and full of things to do from BBQing to jogging and playing in the green space. Kiddos will love playing on the colorful play structures (one for little kids, one for bigger). These well-kept structures have tons of activities from slides and tunnels to climbing walls, swings, bouncy things and more. There is plenty to keep all ages busy.

  16. Stone Mountain Park –  Looking for something nontraditional but perhaps even more special and fun? Stone Mountain does have a traditional playground, as well as many areas for hiking and even playing in the water. It's also home to SkyHike – a fun “playground” for all ages. This one-fourth mile adventure course will challenge you to play among the treetops while you master suspended wooden bridges and leap from one wooden slat to another. Balance on a single rope high above the ground or climb to the top on vertical net bridges. Interested in something a little tamer? Try Camp Highland Outpost, a low ropes course and climbing wall adventure fit for the entire family. 

  17. Swift-Cantrell Park Playground – State-of-the-art play equipment greets kids big and small at Swift Cantrell. There is a playscape just for toddlers and another for bigger kids. They are large in scale and full of fun circuits, walls, rings, swings, bridges and more, all right next to a large open turf area. This park also includes a dog park for Fido, skate park, jogging trails and more. Consider this a great visit for the entire family.

  18. Toy Park at the First Christian Church of Decatur – Super eclectic and super fun. You can leave your playground toys at home because this delightful park is full of them. Push cars, tricycles, scooters and more await kids who visit this park to climb on multi-colored play structures and in tiny play houses. The park is completely fenced in but open to the public. It's close to cafes and eateries, too. 

    Insider’s Tip: FYI, there is no restroom available.  

  19. Webb Bridge Park – Located 30 miles outside Atlanta in Alpharetta, this fun park is full of sports fields and a playground with three play structures for different age groups. Lots of swings, a covered sand pit (with sand toys) and a fun man-made “stream” make this a great place to cool off, too. Picnic areas and concession stands available.

  20. Winn Park Playground – This park is great to visit in the heat of summer because there is a lot of shade from the trees. Winn Park has a fun wooden playground with separate toddler area, wobbly bridge, slides, swings and rocking benches. There is plenty of green space at this park, so it’s great for kicking the ball around or taking a nature walk and exploring the creek. It's located in Midtown, just down the street from Woodruff Arts Center. Enjoy a show or exhibit then visit the park for a picnic lunch and playing. 

    Insider’s Tip: There are no restrooms or water fountains so plan accordingly.

  21. Zoo Atlanta – Need to burn off a little energy while visiting Zoo Atlanta? The zoo is home to two fun playgrounds. The Naked Mole Rat playground encourages kids to tunnel around this interactive experience the mole-rat way. KIDZone Playground is a great way to burn off excess wiggles by sliding, swinging and playing in the multi-colored, interactive play structure.

    Insider’s Tip: Attend the monthly Adventure Cubs program with your preschool-aged kiddos for up-close encounters, zoo tours and interactive learning stations with an animal ambassador. Cost is $18 member parent/child and $24 non-member parent/child pair and includes free admission to the zoo afterward.  

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their 4-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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