These Are The World’s 10 Coolest Playgrounds

By: Chris Essey | chris.essey@activecities.com

Can you remember back to your childhood days on the playground? You probably recall playing on slides, climbing on things, and just letting loose without a care in the world. Many of today’s playgrounds offer the same fun with some added bonuses. This post contains an impressive list of the world’s most amazing and creative playgrounds. Who knows, after reading through you might just decide to take a trip to one and relive your childhood all over again!


1. Playtower, Playground, and Labyrinth at Swarovski Kristallwelten

Location: Tirol, Austria

This awesome playground located in Tirol, Austria has a wide variety of play experiences scattered throughout four levels of the center. The playcenter includes a playtower, an indoor playground, and a labyrinth all designed by the architecture firm Snøhetta. The playground itself sits within Swarovski Kristallwelten Wattens Museum where it is one of the main attractions.


2. Parque Gulliver

Location: Valencia, Spain

Parque Gulliver was inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, an 18th Century novel. The playground is built into a large sculpture that has many rounded edges for climbing and sliding. The park opened in 1990 and draws crowds of all ages.


3. Neptune Park

Location: Saratoga Springs, Utah

Neptune Park features a massive 30-foot pyramid that sits in the middle of a large playground. Inside the pyramid, there are ropes and netting used for climbing and catching those might slip. In addition to the central pyramid, there are swings, slides, and everyday playground equipment scattered throughout.


4. Belleville Park Playground

Location: Paris, France

Belleville Park incorporates steep hills, play towers, bridges, wooden climbing walls, and several wooden structures that children can play on. From the top of the structure, the Eiffel Tower can be seen in the distance. The park was designed by the architecture firm BASE, who wanted the park to resemble a pirate ship, flying carpet, and a medieval fortress.


5. Blaxland Riverside Park Playground

Location: Sydney, Australia

Blaxland Riverside Park is self-proclaimed to be “the biggest and best playground in Sydney.” The playground covers seven acres near the Parramatta River. Blaxland features a multilevel treehouse, climbing obstacles, ziplines, bike trails, and over 170 water fountains. This massive play area sits within Sydney’s Olympic Park.


6. Kids’ Castle

Location: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Kids’ Castle is a part of the 108-acre Central Park in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The castle is eight stories high and almost entirely made of wood. The park is open 7 days a week from dawn till dusk and is free to the public. Kids’ Castle was made possible through a volunteer effort to bring more swings, slides, and play places to the community.


7. Teardrop Park

Location: New York City, New York

Teardrop Park was designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and is located in Battery Park City, New York. The park contains a large slide, sand boxes, water features, rocky climbing areas, and a large piece of artwork called the “Ice Wall.”


8. Nishi Rokugo Koen (Tire Park)

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Nishi Rokugo Koen (Tire Park) is a playground that is found right outside of Tokyo, Japan where everything within the park is made of tires in some form. Sitting in the middle of the park is a large Godzilla dinosaur as well as a robot and spaceship. Over 3,000 tires were used to construct the park and its features.


9. Zorlu Center Playground

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

The Zorlu Center is a large playground divided into zones that represent “special worlds.” The park was designed for children and adults, where anyone can find amusement from its features. The playground contains trampolines, climbing nets, hammocks, and a number of slides. In addition, the park has high walls, low valleys, hills, water features and towers to give its visitors a sense of adventure and exploration.


10. Woods of Net

Location: Hakone, Japan

Woods of Net was designed by artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam who knitted the interior rainbow netting by hand and by Tezuka Architects who designed the exterior wooden structure. This playground is also an open-air museum and the first one of its kind to open in Japan. The outer structure uses no metal fasteners and relies entirely on the weight of the timber beams to hold it in place.