6. The Playground @ PDK (Peachtree Dekalb Airport)
What kid wouldn’t love a continuous show of planes taking off and landing
Why kids <3 it: What kid wouldn’t love a continuous show of planes taking off and landing, while enjoying a recently-constructed playground complete with swings, slides, monkey bars, & more?
Why parents <3 it: In the airport office park/hangar right next door, you’ll find a “dive” restaurant called Downwind Restaurant & Lounge that’s perfect for catching lunch (and maybe a drink), complete with a cool view of the PDK runway. There’s also a covered structure close by with picnic tables, perfect for gatherings or parties. If your kid (or you) is a total aviation geek, you’ll love that there is a speaker where you can hear communication between pilots and air traffic control.
Tip: Downwind doesn’t allow kids on Friday evenings after 7 p.m., and they’re closed on Sundays. For the full experience (lunch with a view + playground time), go on a Saturday.
Free Parking? Yes.
Restrooms? Yes, located inside the office building next door (same building as Downwind), on the second floor.
Get there: 2000 Airport Road, Atlanta, GA 30341
5. Riverside Park in Roswell
During peak months, there is always something going on here
Why kids <3 it: This is a sprawling park with tons of things to do, from the multiple playground structures to the huge splash pad area.
Why parents <3 it: During peak months, there is always something going on here during the weekends. Hit up this park on most weekends, and you can expect to find a festival, food trucks, and more. During the summer, Roswell hosts its free concert series here, and patrons are welcome to bring coolers with food and beverages (yes, adult beverages too).
Tip: Admission to the splash pad is $2 per person. It’s a closed off area, and pets/food/drinks aren’t allowed.
Get there: 575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA
4. Noguchi Playscape at Piedmont Park
The only playground in the WORLD designed by world-renowned artist and sculptor Isamu Noguchi
Why kids <3 it: Lots of funky shapes, colors, and textures to explore (and climb all over). And since it’s Piedmont Park, there are lots of doggies to see, too.
Why parents <3 it: The architecture. This is the only playground in the WORLD designed by world-renowned artist and sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Combined with the beautiful city skyline, it makes for wonderful scenery and photo ops.
Tip: The playground is also very close to The Nook, a kid-friendly and laid-back spot to grab some grub and perhaps a bloody Mary (trust me, you’ll want to try this one: it has all kinds of goodies).
Free Parking? Depends on how far you want to walk. You can park for free in some of the neighborhoods surrounding Piedmont, or pay about $5 to park in the paid lot adjacent to the Botanical Gardens, which is also a little bit of a walk.
Restrooms: Yes, but just warning you – they’re “squatty potty” style, not always the cleanest, and there isn’t always TP available. Be prepared with some wipes and hand sanitizer.
Get there: Piedmont Park, 1432 Worchester Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
3. Abernathy Greenway Playable Art Park
The most whimsical, imaginative play structures you’ll ever see.
Why kids <3 it: These are the most whimsical, imaginative play structures you’ll ever see. It’s technically art, but it only looks like you’re not supposed to touch it.
Why parents <3 it: The same reason the kids do!
Tip: For us, this playground is right on the way home from Sope Creek park. We like to do a little hike in the morning, and then stop by here to let our daughter play.
Free Parking? Yes.
Get there: Abernathy Greenway, Abernathy Rd. NW, Sandy Springs
2. Brook Run Park
A concrete ‘stream’ encircles the park.
Why kids <3 it: This playground is huge. They have several different sections, with something for every age (from young toddlers to teens, who can enjoy the skate park next door). During the summer, they turn on the water feature – a concrete “stream” that encircles the park.
Why parents <3 it: This park will keep your kids busy for hours. Even if you have a younger kid (or one who’s timid, like ours), there are smaller structures that are more at their comfort level. There are also plenty of shaded areas.
Tip: There is an awesome dog park close by! Let Fido play for a while first, and then hit up the playground (your fur baby can join you here, too, on a leash).
Free Parking? Yes.
Get there: Georgia Way South, Dunwoody, GA 30338
1. Historic Fourth Ward Park
This is a playground outing that you can really make an afternoon of.
Why kids <3 it: This park has so much going on! The playground offers new twists on play structures, including swings shaped like giant saucers. During warm months, kids of all ages can cool off at the free splash pad, with neat water features.
Why parents <3 it: This is a playground outing that you can really make an afternoon of.
Tip: When the kiddos are tuckered out from playing, take a stroll through a beautiful park and residential area to the new Ponce City Market, and grab lunch or a gelato at the food hall (opening soon).
Free Parking? Yes, but it’s street parking.
Get there: 680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308