PARKS IN ATLANTA: BEST PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY SPACES FOR KIDS IN THE METRO

When you are looking for easy, nearby fun for the kids, there’s nothing like our parks in Atlanta! They’ve become so much more than just playgrounds, with water fun, trails, trains, and more.

Here is a list of our favorite parks in Atlanta, Georgia.

PARKS IN ATLANTA: BEST PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY SPACES FOR KIDS IN THE METRO
Courtesy: Swift-Cantrell Park

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK

My boys adore the Centennial Olympic Park playground in Downtown Atlanta, especially its proximity to the fountains, tons of green space, and the Georgia Aquarium, the Children’s Museum, and Googie Burger! It offers multi-sensory playscapes, bongo drums, talk tubes, slides, a glider swing and much more. 

Address: 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. Located in the center of Downtown Metro Atlanta.


ASHFORD PARK

Great for kids under 5, Ashford Park is “where Little Tykes toys go to die” or “the push toy park.” There are also two play structures with 3 or 4 slides each, a sand pit and two sets of swings. There are also restrooms and a drinking fountain. 

Address: 2980 Redding Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30319


AZALEA PARK

Azalea Park is a smaller playground right on the Chattahoochee River. It is in full shade, and offers a peaceful setting for enjoying the outdoors. 

Address: 203 Azalea Drive Roswell, GA 30075


BAY CREEKBAY CREEK PARK

Bay Creek Park has a playground and a skate park. Love the structures but hate that they are all out in the sun (though there is an awning over the picnic tables). There are paved trails, too. 

Address: 175 Ozora Dr Loganville, GA 30052

 


BESSIE BRANHAM PARK

Bessie Branham Park is a large Kirkwood playground that includes a climbing tunnel, a music area, a slide, and a climbing dome and a race car. The large area also has several slides, swings, and other unique features. There is a separate structure for younger kids, too. No restrooms on site last time we visited. 

Address: 2051 Delano Dr Atlanta, GA 30317


brook runBROOK RUN PARK

Brook Run Park is a shady park that includes 100 acres of fun with a dog park, hiking trails, a skate park, a community garden, a Treetop Quest ropes course, and a diverse playground. In fact, it’s the largest park in the region. We like the playground because each section of play equipment includes an awning to protect it from the sun. 

Address: 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338


caney creekCANEY CREEK PRESERVE

Caney Creek Preserve is a great little park tucked away in Forsyth County. The playground has a terrific spider web climbing structure, a dinosaur dig area, and a water play feature. These are primarily in the shade. There are also 1.2 miles of walking trails in the forest, with interpretive signs along the way. You could fill an entire day here! There are two entrances to this preserve. Both are on Caney Road, not too far from each other. You want to be at the north-most entrance, which is where the playground, dog park, and amphitheater, and more. 

Address: 2755 Caney Rd, Cumming, GA 30041


caubleCAUBLE PARK PLAYGROUND

Because Acworth Beach isn’t awesome enough, they recently added Cauble Park Playground. There are two rock walls, three slides and a giant boulder connecting the big kids’ section with the toddler section. 

Address: 4425 Beach St, Acworth, GA 30101


new chastain park playground 2CHASTAIN PARK PLAYGROUND

Chastain Park Playground is a playground unlike any other in Atlanta. Designed with advice from children, the 40,000-square-foot play area in Chastain Park nestles into six acres of wooded rolling terrain just north of West Wieuca Road. An outdoor piano will occupy a corner of a new pavilion that includes spacious and clean restroom facilities. Two long and bumpy slides, donated by YP.com, sit side-by-side, inviting children (and adults) to race each other. There’s a smaller slide for little ones. Boulders and tree stumps invite scrambles up a steep hillside. Three giant ‘oodle’ swings accommodate two, or more, children at once. There is a climbing wall and a place where children can make music on drums and chimes.  And – hello – there is a tree house. Like everything else in the playground, it is wheelchair accessible and welcomes children to gaze out on the play area below. There are also tennis courts for the tennis lovers.

Address: Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA 30342


PDK parkDEKALB PEACHTREE PARK

If you have ever found this gem, you know how much kids love it. The DeKalb Peachtree Park is in a most unusual place – the airport. The DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK) just off Clairmont Road in DeKalb County has the most adorable little playground with a grand view of the small engine and private airplanes as they come in and take off from the runway. It has clean, updated playground equipment with plenty of climbing and swinging activities for a small group, plus a nice pavilion area if you just want to enjoy some sunshine and watch the runway. 

Address: 2000 Park Dr NE Atlanta, GA 30306


dh stantonDH STANTON PARK

D.H. Stanton is the first energy cost-neutral park in the City of Atlanta and among the first in the country. We love the cool picnic pavilions. There are swings, climbing equipment, unique play structures, pretend rocks, climbing mounds, and a shaded music area. All of this is next to a splash ground and on the Beltline. 

Address: 1052 Martin St. SE Atlanta, GA 30315


duncanDUNCAN CREEK PARK

At Duncan Creek Park in Dacula you’ll find unique playground equipment covered with an awning to block the sun. There’s also a sandbox area and a skatepark facility – even a beach volleyball court. 

Address: 3700 Braselton Highway, Dacula, GA 30019


dunwoody nature centerDUNWOODY NATURE CENTER

The park at Dunwoody Nature Center is filled with a HUGE structure for older kids (with two tall slides they will love!) and a smaller structure for toddlers. There are also two climbing towers (one spins!), a giant rope swing, a new-school teeter-totter, flat-bottom swings, and MUCH more.

Address: 5343 Roberts Dr, Atlanta, GA 30338

Read More: 22 THINGS TO DO AT DUNWOODY NATURE CENTER


First Christian Church of Decatur’s Community ParkFIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF DECATUR’S COMMUNITY PARK

The toddler toy park at First Christian Church of Decatur is HEAVEN for kids who love toddler play houses and ride-on toys. There is a small toddler climbing area/slide, too. The church formed a partnership with the Ponce de Leon Heights neighborhood to bring this park to fruition. 

Address: 601 West Ponce De Leon Ave Decatur, GA 30030


FREEDOM PARK

Freedom Park has become Atlanta’s most connected park, linking together seven of the city’s most historic and desirable neighborhoods — Candler Park, Little Five Points, Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey-Highland, Virginia Highlands, Druid Hills, and Lake Claire. Located at the intersection of Moreland Ave and North Ave in Atlanta, Georgia, Freedom Park’s 200+ acres boast eight miles of gently curving paths for walking, jogging, and bicycling. 

Address: Moreland Ave NE & North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308


Garrard Landing ParkGARRARD LANDING PARK

We love Garrard Landing Park in Roswell because very few people know about it. It’s mostly shaded, so great for hot days. There is a small playground and a large playground, plus restrooms and a pavilion. We also love the large open area next to the playground for launching our toy rockets! 

Address: 8000 Holcomb Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30075


Gary Pirkle ParkGARY PIRKLE PARK

Imagine a great outdoor play place that you can enjoy in the rain! The giant playground at Gary Pirkle Park is covered by a 90’ solar-powered pavilion. 

Address: 5030 West Broad Street, Sugar Hill, GA 30518


GRANT PARK

A gift to the city of Atlanta in 1883, Grant Park now welcomes over two million visitors each year. The popularity of the park grew with the addition of the zoo (1889) and Cyclorama (1893). Today, Grant Park is the oldest surviving city park in Atlanta. It now encompasses 131.5 acres.

Read More: 9 BIG QUESTIONS (+ ANSWERS) THAT EVERYONE ASKS ABOUT ZOO ATLANTA

Address: Cherokee Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312


henderson

HENDERSON PARK

Henderson Park is a family-friendly park in Tucker that is well known for its youth soccer league, Triumph Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports association in DeKalb County. However, anyone can enjoy the beauty of this park! If you want to get outside, get some fresh air, have a picnic, or let the kids play on the playground, this is the park for you. This 121-acre nature preserve is also home to walking trails, a community garden, a duck pond, a waterfall, and a small lake.

Address: Tucker, GA 30084


HISTORIC FOURTH WARD PLAYGROUND

At the Historic Fourth Ward Park, you’ll find a playground, a splash pad, great lights for nighttime play, close and clean bathrooms, and lots of color. On-street parking is available along North Angier Avenue, Morgan Street, Garden Park Drive, Dallas Street and Rankin Street. Hit up PCM beforehand for a cup of Joe and some picnic fare. 

Address: 680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308


KIDSCAPE VILLAGE AT COBB PARK

The Kidscape Village at Cobb Park just might be the biggest playground in Cobb, and the equipment was updated not too long ago. There are climbing walls, a telescope, boulders, a “train”, a tall spider web and more. There are picnic tables, shaded picnic tables, and restrooms. 

Address: 950 Powder Springs Street, Smyrna, GA 30080


KIDSVILLE HERITAGE PARK

We love the Heritage Park playground and the Heritage Museum, and kids will too. There’s also a covered bridge, a restored log cabin, schoolhouse and other buildings, and a 1934 Steam Locomotive. 

Address: 101 Lake Dow Road, McDonough, GA 30252


Kidzstock ParkKIDZSTOCK PARK

Kidzstock Park features lots of areas to play. The ground is made from recycled rubber tires, so even if it’s been raining, you won’t find a muddy ground. The play set here is made from materials that do not get too hot in the summer. Friends who have been here before say that it can get very very busy, especially with older kids. There is a toddler area where only 2-5 year olds can play.  

Address: 11905 GA-92, Woodstock, GA 30188


SPRINGVALE PARK PLAYGROUND

Springvale Park Playground has a duck pond and sometimes you can see turtles and ducks swimming, and a modern playground. Great place for picnics and letting the kids run around!

About 10 minutes away, you’ll find Olmstead Linear Park. Although it doesn’t have a playground, it is a beautiful greenspace in the city filled with picturesque trails, and it’s perfect for a picnic.

Springvale Park Address: 922 Euclid Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307.


Mason Mill ParkMASON MILL PARK

The playground at Mason Mill Park in Decatur is HUGE, with ramps that lead to a pirate ship structure and a three-story treehouse. My kiddo loves the fast slides! There is also a toddler playground with separate swings. The playground is fenced, and there is a restroom facility between the big-kid park and the toddler area. I wish there were more trees, but this is still a 5-star playground for our family.

Address: 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA, United States


Memorial ParkMEMORIAL PARK

At Memorial Park in Atlanta, you’ll find plenty of parking and a short walk to the playground. After playing there a while, we hopped on the trail that runs just behind the playground. We followed the creek, passing giant trees and glimpses of the water. 

Address: 384 Woodward Way NW Atlanta, Ga


MURPHEY CANDLER PARK

Enjoy trails, picnicking, tennis, sports fields…even a pool at Murphey Candler Park. You’ll find fun playground equipment on the east side of the park in dappled shade for preschoolers and older kiddos. Bring cracked corn for the ducks at the lake overlook.

Murphey Candler Park now has a new playground on the west side, too! The newest playground is located along Candler Lake West and just north of the Caretakers House.  This area offers basket swings, a slide, chalk wall and musical play displays. 

Address: 1551 W Nancy Creek Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30319


Piedmont ParkPIEDMONT PARK

Piedmont Park is a fun escape for the entire family, with so much to do year-round. There are two playgrounds – Mayor’s Grove and Noguchi. Mayor’s Grove is a Boundless Playground- a company that specializes in creating playgrounds for children with and without disabilities to play together. Noguchi is a renowned artist and sculptor and this was his only playground creation, exceling in creative shapes, colors and textures. 

Read More: 17 FREE WAYS YOU CAN HAVE FUN AT PIEDMONT PARK

Address: 400 Park Dr Atlanta, GA 30306


PlayTown SuwaneePLAYTOWN SUWANEE

A community-built, 10,000-square foot playground, PlayTown Suwanee features a magical bus, castle, log cabin, boat, elephant, rocket, climbing wall, bridges, slides, and swing sets. 

Address: 425 Main St, Suwanee, GA 30024


Riverside ParkRIVERSIDE PARK

There are two playgrounds at Riverside Park. They are within 50 yards of one another and they both offer similar equipment. The “brown” playground is just on the other side of the fence from this park’s sprayground. 

Address: 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA


ROSWELL AREA PARK

You’ll find trails, a pool, picnic areas, a pond and more at Roswell Area Park. We love the playgrounds. One is for younger kiddos and is fenced in. The second is for older kids with plenty of slides and climbing structures. It sits next to a picnic pavilion and restrooms, and is perfectly situated in the shade. 

Address: 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075


Sandy Springs Playable Art ParkSANDY SPRINGS PLAYABLE ART PARK

Sandy Springs Playable Art Park is totally unique and totally fun! There are six art installations, all for kids to play on and crawl over. One is a swing set; the rest are primarily for climbing, sliding, and having fun. Both my 2-year-old and my 6-year-old loved it here, and they did not want to leave. 

Address: 70 Abernathy Road NW Sandy Springs, Ga


STONE MOUNTAIN PARK PLAYGROUND

If you have a season parking pass for the Stone Mountain Park, you already know what a great investment you’ve made in your family’s leisure time. For a small price, you can come and go from the park all year and enjoy the beauty of the mountain from a more local, less touristy perspective.

There are picnic tables everywhere, covered pavilions, beachy areas and just plain beautiful patches of grass to plop down a blanket, open a picnic basket and let your kids run around and play. Even better, Stone Mountain’s playground is perhaps one of the best in the area.  

Address: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083


SWIFT-CANTRELL PARKPARKS IN ATLANTA: BEST PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY SPACES FOR KIDS IN THE METRO

Swift-Cantrell Park now features a new, inclusive playground! The new structure provides wheelchair accessible ramps and a wheelchair sway, as well as a ropes tower, tunnel system, and slide.

Also at the Inclusive Playground, they have a Sensory Play Center and a We-Go-Round. The Sensory Play Center engages children of all abilities to further their development while playing. The We-Go-Round is wheelchair accessible and allows kids of all abilities to interact and have fun together. The park also has trails, a skate park, a splash pad, a dog park, and an amphitheater.

Address: 3140 Old 41 Hwy NW Kennesaw, GA 30144


WEBB BRIDGE PARK

The playground at Webb Bridge Park in Alpharetta is made of wood, with bridges, towers, slides, monkey bars and more. There is an artificial creek running through it that kids can wade in, and a covered sand box. In fact, the entire playground is very shady – it’s one of our favorites! 

Address: 4780 Webb Bridge Road Alpharetta, GA 30005


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