Atlanta Parks: Best Playgrounds & Play Spaces for Kids in the Metro

When you are looking for easy, close fun for the kids, there’s nothing like our Atlanta Parks! They’ve become so much more than just playgrounds, with water fun, trails, trains and more. Here is a list of our favorite ones around the city. If we missed YOUR favorite then please tell us (and we’d love a photo to fill in the blanks below. Please share yours!)

Swift-Cantrell Park

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All Children’s at Centennial Olympic Park

My boys adore the playground here in Downtown Atlanta, and especially it’s proximity to the fountains, 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

Ashford Park

Great for kids under 5, it’s “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

This 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

There is 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

This large Kirkwood playground 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

This shady park includes 100-acres of fun with a dog run, trails, a skate park, a community garden, 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 a 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

It’s 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, 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.

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 Clairemont 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, update 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

Unique playground equipment is 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

This park is filled with a HUGE structure for older kids (with two tall slides they will love!) and a smaller structure for toddlers. There is also two climbing towers (one spins!), a giant rope swing, a new-school teeter-totter, flat-bottom swings, and MUCH more. Don’t miss our list of 22 thins to do at DNC.   Address: 5343 Roberts Dr, Atlanta, GA 30338

First Christian Church of Decatur’s Community ParkFirst Christian Church of Decatur’s Community Park

This toddler toy park 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

Garrard Landing ParkGarrard Landing Park

We love this park because very few people know about it. It’s mostly in the shade, so great for hot days. There is a small playground and a large playground grouping, plus restrooms and a pavilion. We also love the large open area next to the play ground 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…this giant playground covered by a 90’ solar-powered pavilion. Address: 5030 West Broad Street, Sugar Hill, GA 30518


Henderson Park

This family-friendly park in Tucker 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 when you want to get outside, get some fresh air and maybe have a picnic or let the kids play on the playground. It is actually 121 acres of beautifully cared for nature preserve with walking trails, a community garden and even a duck pond, waterfall and small lake. Address: Tucker, GA 30084

Historic Fourth Ward Playground

There’s a unique playground, a splashpad (It operates from May 1- October 1 from 10am-8pm,) great lights for night time 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 before-hand for a cup of Joe and some picnic fare. Address: 680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Kidscape Village at Cobb Park

This 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 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

Lots of areas to play. The ground is made from recycled rubber tires so even though it had been raining for several days, it was not muddy or icky (except in the sand box). And the play set 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

Mason Mill ParkMason Mill Park

The playground 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

There was plenty of parking and only 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

Murphy Candler Park

Enjoy trails, picnicking, tennis, sports fields…even a pool. 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.

Murphy 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. 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 SpraygroundAddress: 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA

Roswell Area Park

You’ll find trails, a pool, picnic areas, a pond and more. 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

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 two year old and my six 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 ParkAtlanta Parks: 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 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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When you are looking for easy, close fun for the kids, there’s nothing like our Atlanta Parks! They’ve become so much more than just playgrounds, with water fun, trails, trains and more. Here is a list of our favorite ones around the city.