Spending quality time with your children is important for all caring parents. Fortunately, finding the ideal playground makes the experience all that much better.
Here are our choices for the best playgrounds in Rhode Island to make the most from your outings.
283 Country Rd.
Slip behind the Barrington Town Hall and you’ll discover a unique park suited to kids of all ages. It’s equipped with a spider web jungle gym as well as a large climbing tower and slides.
The wee ones can play in the toddler area with padded equipment. Even though it’s safe, it has plenty to interest the most curious including mini climbing walls, drawbridges, a fire engine, and even a few alligators.
50 Asylum Rd.
This beachfront playground sits amidst picnic areas, a skateboard park, and basketball courts. It has a large climbing gym, slides, swings and easy access to the beach where kids can easily play for hours.
John & Thames Street
Rockwell Park has a dock system and a boardwalk for a stroll with the family. The well-equipped playground includes a jungle gym, slides, and swings and shady areas. It is the ideal place to duck out of the sun and lounge on a bench while the children continue to burn off their seemingly endless energy.
31 Commercial St.
This is a fenced park with loads of shade and plenty to keep the children busy. They’ll discover a fire truck and boat as well as the usual things you’d expect from a playground such as a jungle gym and swings.
North Road, adjacent to the Philomenian Library
This volunteer-built playground makes the most of recycled materials. You’ll find a ship climber and trolley, swings, corkscrew slides, and tall towers to excite the imagination. This park also has handicapped-accessible play areas and equipment.
Newport Ave & Armistice Blvd.
Slater Park has a historic carousel, picnic sites, oodles of sports fields, plus a fishing pond. It also has a petting zoo, a favorite for all children. However, what makes this playground rise above others is the playground equipment. You’ll find space nets, a climbing wall, tunneled slides, swings, and more.
515 Wickenden St.
Most people know Cabral Park for its water park, but it also has a great playground. It’s filled with ramps and bridges kids of any age can enjoy. It also a decent size so the children have plenty of room to roam.
945 Smith St.
This park offers areas for young and older children. It includes climbing towers, swings, and slides. Interactive games such as X’s and O’s, a batting cage, and water activities keep everyone entertained, and the park’s in the heart of Elmhurst.
Humbolt at Elton St.
This park’s got it all – the kids can pick out a book to read from the free library, or head straight towards the swings and sandbox. It’s ideal for toddlers since it has many Little Tykes playhouses and push cars suitable for travelling park paths. They often offer children’s music concerts here, too.
1000 Elmwood Ave.
Toddlers can play safely in the padded play area, drive a school bus, or glide down the toddler-sized slide that emits sounds. They can also swing to their hearts content on small swings, run on ramps, or climb the mini-jungle gym.
The fun continues outside the playground where you can pay a small fee to ride a carousel, take a mini-train around the pond and through a musical tunnel, ride a pony, or enjoy a swan boat as it glides over the water.
1015 Hope St. at Blackstone Blvd.
This is a squeaky clean, new playground that stimulates the senses. It has plenty of climbing equipment, monkey bars, slides, and swings, but what makes it unique are the gears and levers kids can play with along the edges of the playground. It’s also in a heavily wooded area surrounded by grass expanses, ideal for a picnic.
This playground is another toddler gem with scaled down basketball hoops, push cars, playhouses, and tunnels. You’ll also find donated toy cars and a jeep, as well a large sandbox with all the digging paraphernalia they could even need.
50 Asylum Rd.
This playground has a nautical theme and includes miniature clam shacks, a fishing boat, storefronts, and playhouses. You’ll also find an ocean-inspired climbing wall and a gigantic sandbox with trucks. Check out the countless swings, slides, tubes, and climbing gear for kids of all ages too.
533 – 539 Water St.
Near downtown and facing the beach, this spacious playground has a see-saw, merry-go-round, a climbing structure, swings, and a slide. If the children tire of the playground, they can head to the sandy beach to build sandcastles, tide pool, or paddle in the shallow water.
250 Water St.
This small playground packs a big punch, because it has a climbable giant pirate ship that spurs a child’s imagination. It’s a good place to go for a picnic smack dab in the middle of downtown Warren, or bring along a few foam toy swords and start a friendly fight.
575 Centerville Rd.
This playground is back to its former glory and ready to entertain your children. It is fully-accessible and packed with adventure. Kids can enjoy see-saws, sand boxes, swings, slides, and play houses. Plus, there’s a miniature golf course and an activity center.
Before you load the kids in the car and head out, remember to check your Rhode Island auto insurance coverage. State minimums do not offer sufficient protection for you and your loved ones and all it takes is a quick call to your insurance agent to put things right.