10 Best Playgrounds in Connecticut

Connecticut’s wonderful playgrounds are safe, fun, and accessible to children of all ages. Adorned with swirling slides, mini climbing walls, jungle-themed climbing structures, and much more, your little one will find endless excitement. Let your child burn off a little energy at these 10 great Connecticut playgrounds. 

Mikey's Place Playground, Wethersfield, CT

Open since 2010, Mikey's Place Playground was designed for children of all abilities including those confined to a wheelchair. Free for everyone to visit, this playground includes several large climbing and play structures for different ages and abilities. In addition, inclusive swings are available. The playground also organizes frequent events, such as fundraisers and races, to incorporate the latest all-abilities equipment and contribute to its upkeep.

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Jonathan's Dream, West Hartford, CT

This inclusive playground allows children of all abilities to get active and have fun. It features climbing structures, wiggling steps to test balance, basketball hoops of varying heights, swings, and murals. Families will also find diagrams with simple American Sign Language signs, musical toys, diagrams of simple stretches, and a Little Free Library. This awesome playground is definitely worth making the trip to visit no matter where in Connecticut you live.

Butternut Hollow Park, Middletown, CT

Butternut Hollow Park recently underwent a $500,000 renovation that went towards improving the playground, adding additional picnic areas, and installing a sensory garden. And this investment of money definitely is visible in the improvement of Butternut Hollow Park. It now includes a large play structure complete with swirly slides, fire poles, a mini climbing wall, and swings.

Adam's Adventure Playground, Tolland, CT

This fully fenced in playground features equipment for children of all ability levels, and adults are welcome to use the structures as well to improve their own motor and sensory skills. On-site, you'll find different stand-alone climbing structures, balance steps, slides, seesaws, and swings. Adam's Adventure Playground also features ample parking space, a picnic area, and a public bathroom.

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Boundless Playground, South Windsor, CT

This large playground features three different playscapes for children, allowing them to move from one play structure to another without any fences between. There is even a special playscape for children ages two to five. Perfect for all ages and abilities, there is even a sand table, sensory area, and musical features.

Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT

Free to visit, Elizabeth Park is both one of the most beautiful gardens in Connecticut and an excellent outdoor space for children of all ages. The playground features a large, safe play structure with numerous slides, climbing structures, and even some musical toys. To access the playground in Elizabeth Park, it is best to park near Elizabeth Street for the quickest entry point. The park also has restrooms available, which is perfect for children being potty-trained.

Josh's Jungle Playground, Hamden, CT

As the name suggests, Josh's Jungle is a jungle and wild animal themed playground, complete with faux palm trees and a giraffe. This fully fenced in park includes climbing structures, slides, ramps, and is specifically designed to be wheelchair accessible. Other cool features are the general store area and tubes for toddlers to crawl through.

Toby May Playground, New London, CT

The Toby May Playground is a large, free park, field, and playground maintained by the City of New London. It features two play structures meant for children of different ages (one for younger children and the other for older children) as well as swings for babies, children, and inclusive swings. There is also a shaded picnic area and a large grassy field allowing kids to simply run around. The Toby May Playground is also within walking distance of Michael's Diary, which is great if you are seeking a sweet treat.

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Wickham Park, Manchester, CT

Though you must pay for parking at Wickham Park, this is an excellent location to spend a day outdoors with children. The gorgeous gardens will capture the attention of little explorers and parents alike, and the playground is a perfect place for children to run off some pent-up energy. Here, you'll find three playgrounds that are great for young children as well as tennis courts, volleyball courts, a softball diamond, and disc golf course to keep older children entertained.

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McCook Point Beach and Park, Niantic, CT

Whether you plan to visit the beach, the park, and the playground, or only the playground, you'll find a great day out at McCook Point Beach and Park. The playground has been recently updated to include more play structures and also features several benches for parents to relax on while children play safely in sight. Do note that an entry fee is required.

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