Even when the temperature drops, these playgrounds in the Boston suburbs are the place to be.
As you get to know the towns on your list, make sure to check out a playground or two. Moving to the Boston suburbs with kids means you’ll be spending a ton of time hanging out at your local park. Plus, stopping by a playground gives your kids a chance to burn off some energy while you take a breather. Who knows, you might even get to chat with some local parents about their favorite spots in town.
Here are some of the best playgrounds around the Boston suburbs…
NORTH OF BOSTON
#1. Robbins Farm Park (Arlington)
This impressive playground is perfect for birthday parties or family fun outings. Kids love racing down the long slides, playing pretend in the play structure, and riding the tire swing. And the view of the Boston skyline you get from the park is hard to beat.
#2. Beaver Brook — Spray Deck & Playground (Belmont)
For summertime fun, bring the kids to Beaver Brook. The huge splash pad is the perfect place to cool off during the warmer months. But the fun doesn’t stop when it gets cooler — there’s also a playground complete with separate play structures for toddlers and older kids. The playground and splash park are set in the 59-acre Beaver Brook Reservation which is a nice place to go for a nature walk (make sure to see the waterfall).
#3. Spaulding Playground (Wakefield)
The lakefront playground is smaller than some in the area, but it still has everything kids need for a fun afternoon. There are swings, slides, and climbing equipment. Plus there’s a huge field where they can just run around and let out some steam.
#4. Gerry Playground (Marblehead)
The fenced-in Gerry Playground is great for little kids. They’ll love the curvy slides and monkey bars. Make a day out of it and bring a picnic — there are grills and benches where you can sit and eat. A farmers market is occasionally held nearby so you can pick up fresh produce after your kids play.
#5. Great Neck Park (Ipswich)
Let the kids stretch their imaginations at this pirate-ship-themed playground. There are belt swings, soccer fields, and a half-sized basketball court for the older kids. It’s close to Pavillion Beach where you can head after.
#6. Patton Park (South Hamilton)
Patton Park offers year-round family fun. Locals gather in this central green space for fireworks, ice skating, and summer concerts. The playground has slides and a pirate-ship climbing structure. There are picnic tables where your kids can grab a bite before running back out to the play space.
SOUTH OF BOSTON
#7. North Scituate Seaside Fun Playground (Scituate)
Kids love to watch the trains come in and out of the station across the street (and it’s a great place to meet up with the commuting parent). The playground has more than your average equipment — it also features a large climbing net, a zipline, and musical elements.
#8. Gaffield Park (Norwell)
Both big and little kids will find something fun at this play space. It’s barn-yard-themed which can spark some unique play. There are a few slides, tire swings plus benches where you can sit and chat with local parents about the neighborhood.
#9. Kress Field Playground (Hingham)
The colorful monkey bars are a big draw here for older kids, but kids can also enjoy the swings and sensory equipment. If you move to town, you might be stopping by here often if your kids start playing little league in the neighboring field.
#10. Marshfield Kids At Play Park (Marshfield)
If Marshfield is on your list, don’t skip the Kids At Play Park. With a sprawling play structure, slides, swings, and a rock wall, this really is one of the best playgrounds around.
#11. Nelson Memorial Park Playground & Splash Pad (Plymouth)
When the weather gets warmer, Plymouth locals bring their kids to this splash pad. There are dancing fountains and a concession stand during the summer season. Plus the kids can also take a dip in the water (which you can see from the playground). Even when the water features are turned off, the slides and swings are still a huge hit.
WEST OF BOSTON
#12. School Street Playground (Westwood)
Westwood little ones can use this colorful playground to run around and explore (it was specifically designed for 2-5 year-olds). Get ready for tons of ways to explore and play, including monkey bars, slides, swings, an obstacle course, and rock-climbing.
#13. Greene’s Field (Needham)
Greene’s Field is right in the heart of town so it’s the perfect stop to combine with any errands. The park’s playground features multiple shaded play structures, a few slides, swings, and a basketball court. Need a pick-me-up? Grab a coffee at the nearby French Press Bakery & Cafe before heading to the playground.
#14. Haskell Field (Sudbury)
If you settle in Sudbury you might find yourself bringing your kids to soccer practice here on a regular basis. For younger kids, there’s the fenced-in Toddler Playground with swings, a unique climbing structure, and shaded picnic benches. Ice cream trucks are also known to stop here during the summer.
#15. Hannah Williams Playground (Wayland)
Have a toddler in tow? If you are exploring Wayland bring your little one to Hannah Williams Playground for a break. There’s a sandbox, climbing structure, and a couple of slides. There’s even a duck pond nearby, which is always a hit with the kids.
#16. Newton Centre Playground (Newton)
This 18-acre playscape was originally designed in the 1890s by the Olmsted Brothers firm. Don’t worry — the equipment has all been updated and now features modern climbing structures, slides, and swings. Pick up a coffee at the nearby Tatte Bakery on your way in (which Boston families might recognize). There are a few benches near the playground where you can sip your drink and strike up a conversation with other local parents.
#17. Sherborn Playground (Sherborn)
This newer playground sits under a ton of trees (so you don’t have to stress about shade) and has separate enclosed areas for toddlers and older kids. The wooden playground is complete with slides, climbing features, and plenty of benches for parents.
#18. Loker Park (Natick)
Older kids are invited to use the Loker Park playground, which has rock climbing walls and a slide. It’s a small play structure but sits next to a huge field so the kids can use that to run around and play.
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