Let’s go to the playground! This always excites my family when it’s time to explore a new play area or park in Raleigh. As a Raleigh native here are few of our family’s favorite playgrounds that keep us active and most importantly creates some family fun!
Favorite Mom-Approved Playgrounds in Raleigh
Pullen Park tops our list. You will absolutely love the well thought out playground here. Play areas are clearly defined for different age groups. Beyond the playground, there is so much free space for the kids to run, and you to relax. Pack a lunch or grab a quick treat from the café. Stop by the ticket booth and grab tickets for the train, boats, & carousel. This historic carousel was built in 1900 and was restored to it’s original beauty 1977-1982. It’s super fast and oh so charming.
Laurel Hills Park-Sassafras All Children’s Playground underwent a major design change in late 2016 and now boasts the largest playground in Raleigh. This all-inclusive playground for children of all mental and physical abilities features ziplines, swings, slides and a soft bouncy play surface. We also love it for the clear view from the covered picnic areas. The garden areas are beautiful right now. Don’t forget to stop by the pond behind the park to enjoy some nature.
Baileywick Park has traditional swings, slides, monkey bars and a sandbox. The play area is covered in mulch. You can watch from one of the many benches or the covered picnic areas. Restrooms are conveniently located near the entrance.
Strickland Road Park is just off Strickland Road in NW Raleigh. A classic playground set up surrounded by wooded areas and a quaint pond make this a favorite for quick impromptu play dates. My personal favorite is the whirlygig. The only downside is a port-0-potty is your only option.
Shelley Lake Park is just behind the Sertoma Arts Center at Shelley Lake off Millbrook Road. There is a playground, community center, basketball courts, and baseball. Beyond the playground, enjoy a leisure walk down the path to the lake where you’ll likely spot ducks, geese, & turtles. Keep an eye out for the beautiful Blue Heron’s that perch quietly around the lake.
Blue Jay Point is a hidden gem on Falls Lake. Beyond the standard playground structures, take a short walk on a trail through the woods to find yourself on the beautiful rocky shore of Falls Lake. Extra points for restrooms located near the playground.
Leesville Road Library Park is tucked away across the parking lot from the Leesville Library. Kids will love the climbing structure, slides, and spinning apparatus. Moms will love being so close to the library, and did I mention there are restrooms beside the playground?
I hope this list helps you explore and find new places for the little ones to play. What is your family’s favorite playground in and around Raleigh? Please share with us in the comments section below.
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