There are tons of amazing playgrounds near the DMV metropolitan area. This list contains some of the best playgrounds near DC, and this area has a lot to offer. Some of these parks are within close proximity of each other, making playground hopping a possibility.
Farlington Park is located beside Farlington Community Center, and it’s home to the fastest slide on our list. Before your kids enter the big climbing structure at this park, make sure they aren’t afraid of heights.
Also, the best tip for this park is to be sure to warn your kids about the fast slide. Time after time, kids slid out and landed on the ground a few feet from the slide. Be ready to catch your toddlers!
Farlington Park is beside the Farlington Community center. The parking lot is fairly large, but can get full on nice summer days. Note that at the time of post, the community center is closed, due to the pandemic. There didn’t seem to be a restroom available at this park.
Guy Mason Playground
Guy Mason playground is situated beside the Naval Observatory, just north of Georgetown. It’s in a busy area, but there is a lot of on-street parking and a small parking lot near the recreation center. This park is large and wide open, with the main attraction being the nest that kids can sit inside.
Another main feature of the Guy Mason playground is the sand area. There’s a kid-size house with a sand “kitchen” and a large sand area in front of the house. It appeared that some toys were available for sand play, but you might want to bring your own.
Palisades Playground – Playgrounds Near DC
Palisades Park is located close to the Potomac River in northwest DC. The playground and sports fields have a small parking lot close to the playground, but on a sunny spring day it was full. On street parking is available, but it was slightly difficult to find. This park includes a spray ground and small slide, as well as a larger, dry area of the park. There’s a few picnic tables under trees and a shade area for hot summer days.
Bluemont Junction Park
Bluemont Junction Park is located outside of DC in nearby Arlington, Virginia. While there’s a parking lot near Wilson Blvd and the tennis courts, this is not the closest parking lot for the playground. If you do happen to park at the tennis courts, there is a nice paved path to lead you to the playground, however it’s about a quarter mile long. Ample parking is available close to the playground.
This playground has a fence in front of it, but the back of the playground is open to a stream. Keep this in mind if you have a child that loves to play in the water, because it is very tempting on a warm day. It is easy to access the banks of the stream from the playground. You might want to bring extra clothes.
Oak Grove Park
Oak Grove Park is very close to Mosaic Park. We found that on a nice, sunny day that Mosaic Park was packed with people, yet Oak Grove was fairly empty. It may be because Oak Grove is hidden at the top of a hill, while Mosaic Park is colorful and easily viewable from the street.
Oak Grove Park is relatively small, but has a unique climbing structure. The climbing structure is fairly high, so keep that in mind for small children. There is a tot lot with a smaller structure and slide. The pavilion at this park is small, but the entire park has a very nice design.
Lubber Run Park
Lubber Run Park has an interesting combination of wooded walking trails and modern playground. If you park in the small parking lot near N Columbus St and 2nd St N, you’ll be greeted by a small stream and an amphitheater. To get to the playground, you can take the walking trail to your right when facing the amphitheatre.
You’ll walk approximately a quarter of a mile and then approach a long set of steps leading to the playground. For easier access to the playground, closer parking is available near the playground at N Park Dr. This playground is unique because of its natural log climbing area. Don’t miss the really long yellow slides tucked into the far corner of this playground. This is just one of the very unique playgrounds near DC.
This modern playground located in a busy part of Arlington. Mosaic Park has on street parking available, and a small parking lot along one side of the playground. There was construction around this small parking lot when we visited, so check signage after the construction is complete.
This park is very modern and colorful. The hills and valleys of this park can be interesting to navigate, and may be a challenge for toddlers. This park had a small soccer or multi-use lawn area, and a climbing wall.
Rocky Run Playground
Rocky Run Park has some nice basketball courts and an interesting playground located up the hill from the courts. There’s a toddler playground, as well as a huge climbing structure for older children. Note that when we visited, the slide needed to be repaired and was unusable. Hopefully it is fixed soon, because it looks like a lot of fun.
Be careful on the climbing ramp that leads to the slide platform. If your children don’t make it up the climbing ramp, they could slide down it and scrape against on the climbing holds. A parking lot wasn’t easily noticeable, but there is close on-street parking.
Walker Mill Regional Park
Walker Mill Park is located in Capitol Heights, Maryland, which is east of Washington, D.C. This park has tons of details in their play structure. See if you can find the racoon hidden in the photo above! This park is large and has restrooms available (though they may be closed in 2021). There is a large red slide that goes down the hill and plenty of shaded seating areas.
In the summer, a small spray ground is available for kids to enjoy. Therefore, be sure to bring extra clothes! It’s possible for kids to get really soaked! This is a gem, and one of our favorite playgrounds near DC.
Watkins Regional Park – One of the Best Playgrounds Near DC
In our opinion, this playground at Watkins is one of the best playgrounds near DC! The Wizard of Oz playground is full of neat details for the kids to find. The bright colors and theming are spectacular, and there is a large parking lot nearby.
Watkins Regional Park is very large and located east of Washington D.C. in the area of Upper Marlboro. Check out more information about this beautiful park: Watkins Regional Park post.
Check the status of Watkins Regional Park’s carousel and train here.
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