favorite baltimore playgrounds
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Federal Hill Park
300 Warren Avenue, Baltimore ⎟ Website ⎟ Federal Hill
Recently revamped Federal Hill Park Playground boasts some of the best views in the city and the (cool)est playground equipment. The playground incorporates miniature historic icons in the play equipment. Our kids favorite? “The Federalist” ship, which was built for the 1788 Celebration when Maryland ratified the US Constitution and for which Federal Hill is named.
701 E Pratt St., Baltimore ⎟ Website ⎟ Harbor East
Nestled behind Columbus Center, this city “green” oasis features original sculptures, a musical fence, a living willow tunnel, native plants, and the famous horn sculpture. Perfect stop after an Aquarium visit, on your way to grab a cone from The Best of Luck, or en route to Brunch at Family Meal.
Our Playground at Stadium Place
900 E. 33rd St., Baltimore ⎟ Website ⎟ Waverly
Located at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y, Our Playground at Stadium Place is a true Baltimore gem! A miniature town built of recycled plastic “lumber,” was designed with kid input and built by hordes of volunteers — and then rebuilt after a fire in 2009. Completely fenced and open 7 days a week until sunset. Our kids love that there is an abundance of swings in all shapes, heights, and sizes, innovative climbing equipment and that it’s built on a rubber surface.There are picnic areas off of the play space and trash receptacles right as you enter so you can bring along the snacks. Added bonus? Ample parking and restrooms inside the Y.
101 W Cold Spring Lane ⎟ Guilford
Linkwood Park Playground is a quiet, shaded playground where you’re bound to run into your next fab play date friend. Located across Cold Spring Lane from the Loyola University dorms, you’ll find variety of climbing equipment, slides of every height and speed, and plenty of swings. There are lots of rocking things to ride and even a retro geodesic dome. The playground uses good old natural mulch– so your kids will discover the mind-blowing qualities of mud after a rainstorm. You have to park in one of the surrounding neighborhoods and walk to the playground which means no worrying about cars in and out of parking lots or children running at them. Downside? No easy access to a restroom nearby.
Latrobe Park Playground
1518 Latrobe Park Terrace ⎟ Locust Point
Under Armour recently helped make this playspace even (cool)er by installing a shade cover and rubberizing the kids’ area. Kids get a kick out of visiting “Chessie” there.
Rogers Forge Tot Lot
Hopkins Road, between Bellona Avenue and Blenheim Road ⎟ Website ⎟ Rogers Forge
Sea-saws, a large climbing structure, trees and LOTS of community-donated toys! Great place to meet lots of other area families.
Meadowood Regional Playground
10650 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium ⎟ Website ⎟ Baltimore County
One of the ‘fastest slides’ in the area (according to the Bug). Part of a large multi-sport park, Meadowood has a great walking trail in addition to two playgrounds (one for littles, and one for big kids). Ample parking and clean public restrooms nearby. Be sure to stop by the Summer Shack for snowballs in the summer months.
Oregon Ridge Park Playground
13401 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville⎟ Website ⎟ Baltimore County
Very (cool) playground with a rubber surface, tons of climbing options, 11 slides, and a “car” (that’s the Little Lion Man’s favorite part!). Lots of parking, and the play spaces are divided into age appropriate areas (ages 2-5 and older kids). Make a day of it and take a hike or visit the nature center. Note: You will need to drive to the nature center. Very stroller accessible.
Sweet Air Playground
3605 Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville ⎟ Baltimore County
One of our favorite destination playgrounds because it’s fenced, has plenty of slides, bouncy animals, and the BEST monkey bars around (they swivel!). You’ll find some really unique equipment at this spot — like a giant, spiderweb-like climbing structure. Clean public restrooms, ample parking, walking trails nearby and don’t forget to count the butterflies. There is one for every child to whom the playground is dedicated.
Scrap Tire Playground at Patapsco State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville ⎟ Website ⎟ Baltimore County
Spend hours discovering ways to crawl, jump and swing from end to end at this playground, created entirely from scrap tires! Since the playground is in the state park you do have to pay a $2 per adult fee to enter the park. Kids are free. Enter at the Hilton Area of the park (just outside Catonsville).
864 Smith Lane, Fallston ⎟ Website ⎟ Harford County
A sea of wooden sculptures to through, or climb up and down, or peek out of. Topsy-turvey slides, cascading slides jetting out of a a dragon’s mouth, pirate ships, castle towers, alien spaceship, barnyard animals, and a puppet theater. A mixed-up Sondheim musical playground for kids! Ample parking and definitely worth making a day of it!
Rockfield Creative Playground
Churchville Road, Bel Air ⎟ Website ⎟ Harford County
True to it’s name, this playground is really creative! Lots of wooden structures to climb, a giant sand area with trucks, imaginative structures to walk through, rope fun, and more. Ample parking and public restrooms as well. Stroller-friendly!