NYC’s most visited playgrounds have actually become the city’s biggest landmarks, mainly during these months in the lead up to the summer. Prime location, inspirational design, and top-quality equipment are a few factors among many that make a playground worth the visit. In today’s age of iPads and TV’s, it can be difficult to motivate your children to get out and run around. But nothing is more exciting than exploring undiscovered territory. As summer approaches, the sun comes out of hiding, and so should your children.
Top 5 playgrounds in NYC
Pier 6 Playground
Let’s get the best out of the way. The pier-situated playground was pretty much no-man’s land a few years back. It quickly became Brooklyn families’ go-to destination—with amenities like the Water Lab, water tables, stone-covered area with water splashes, a Sand Village, a massive sandbox with climbing structures and a water wheel. Pier 6 also has the underappreciated perks, like a clean bathroom, a healthy food court, and other sports and recreation facilities. I mean, come on—who doesn’t like beach volleyball? With views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Harbour, and downtown Manhattan, there’s pretty much no room for improvement.
Playground for All Children
Let’s take it back to the roots, the classics, and the original. The playground in Queens was built back in 1984 in order to house children both with and without any disabilities. It was the first of its kind in the United States. With wheelchair ramps and Braille signs spread throughout, this playground was the complete mini village. One of the rooms is a schoolhouse which has a chalk board, there’s a fire station, flower boxes, and vehicles to play-drive like fire engines and busses. There’s enough shading for when the summer time is shining and a sprinkler area for when it gets too hot. Boundless entertainment is guaranteed.
This was certainly the most hyped-up playground openings in NYC history. The downtown kid’s paradise is designed by loving dad and brilliant architect, David Rockwell. Blue foam-shaped building blocks allow kids to actually build their own playground. Sprinklers and hoses are everywhere to let them cool down after a hard day’s work. There are also helpers in the park available to assist the junior architects. The name couldn’t be more appropriate: an imagination playground.
Gantry Plaza State Park Playground
If your kids are only motivated by state-of-the-art playground equipment and bright colors, then look no further! Right at Long Island City’s Pepsi sign is the Gantry Plaza State Park playground, opened three years ago. Their new equipment will put a sparkle in any child’s eye as they see and endless host of spinning saucers, climbing spider webs, play structures with built-in chairs, rubber-flooring, wood-spray water fountain, and a jaw-dropping view of the ocean. This playground makes a perfect setting for a family picnic, relaxed and ready for the summer.
Seaside Nature Wildlife Park Playground
Even us grown-ups get excited at the thought of fishing on a relaxing beach with an ocean-side breeze running through our hair. Staten Island’s Southern shore has built exactly this—unfortunately though, it’s for your children. Forget the high-tech route other parks have adopted and appreciate the Seaside Nature Wildlife Park’s playground. The sea-like pirate theme will put a big exciting smile on any child’s face, especially when they see the two boat structures they can play in. One of the structures has a dragon ship head, a mini lighthouse, and a jaw-showing shark gym. Quirky yet everything your kid has ever wanted—and more!
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