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Great Playgrounds Around the Main Line and Beyond

With Autumn in full swing, it's time to get outside. That means one thing: playgrounds. Here's a list of old and new favorites in the area, including one worth a drive. Headed out for some

With Autumn in full swing, it’s time to get outside. That means one thing: playgrounds. Here’s a list of old and new favorites in the area, including one worth a drive. Headed out for some sun-drenched fun? When you snap those pretty photos, tag us using the hashtag #MainLineParent to be featured on our Instagram feed!

 

Primos Autistic Support Playground

This accessible playground, designed especially for the students at Primos Elementary School, just opened and welcomes the public during non-school hours. Though it was designed with autistic students in mind, the state-of-the-art playground includes equipment that appeals to all children with spots to climb, balance, swing, slide and play music.

 

Kerr Park, Downingtown

The full accessible Sky’s the Limit playground wins raves from parents for its appeal to kids of all abilities. It’s totally fenced in, and close to lots of other amenities, including picnic pavilions, bathrooms, playing fields, and even a trout hatchery.

 

Penn Wynne Park, Lower Merion

Parents love the combination of a traditional playground for older kids and a tot lot for the smaller set. There’s also playing fields and tennis courts nearby.

 

Wilson Farm Park, Chesterbrook

There’s a lot to love about Wilson Farm Park. From the extensive sporting grounds to the fun frisbee golf course, you could fill an entire day without leaving. There are picnic areas, shaded spaces, open fields for frolicking, and conveniently, restrooms on site. This is a particularly great playground to bring your little ones to — Wilson Farm boasts three tot lots for the younger kiddos to enjoy.

 

The Narberth Playground, Narberth

Tennis, basketball, softball, volleyball, baseball, football, and soccer lovers will absolutely adore the Narberth Playground. Hosting several leagues in the area, this playground has a lot of open space for sports that can be used by the public when not in use by local teams. There are bathrooms on site, as an added bonus. In addition to the sporting areas there are plenty shaded areas for playing, benches, and newly renovated play equipment for children to climb and play on!

 

Sabine Avenue Tot Lot, Narberth

For the younger ones, the Sabine Avenue Tot Lot in Narberth is a popular choice. There’s plenty of sandboxes to play in to build sandcastles, create shapes, or to simply throw about!  Recently renovated playground equipment is just the right size for your younger tots.

 

Ashbridge Memorial Park, Rosemont

If you’re looking for a playground with plenty of trees around for shade, Ashbridge Memorial Park is a great spot. With loads of playground equipment for the kids to roam about and climb on safely, this open park has ample space for you to watch your kids without being right on top of their fun. There’s a rock wall, a climbing net, and plenty of spaces for the smaller kiddos, too.

 

Haverford Reserve/Freedom Playground, Haverford

For a expansive and large play area that will occupy your kids for hours, head to the Haverford Reserve. The volunteer-built playground is accessible to all, and there’s a dog park, playing fields, and miles of hiking trails. 

 

Merry Place, Havertown

With big volleyball courts, a gorgeous gazebo, and two separate playing spaces for younger and older kids, Merry Place has plenty of options. There is a nature walk, a mile-long paved path for walking or running or biking, and a creek which is open for recreational fishing or, if you’re so inclined, a fabulous Instagram photo. There are bathrooms on site, and plenty of parking.

 

South Ardmore Park, Wynnewood

With a fenced-in play area with a foot of wood chip padding for safety, South Ardmore Park in Wynnewood offers a very safe space to play for your children — especially the ones who fancy themselves to be runners! Settled in a quiet neighborhood, this is a great park for a lazy afternoon. Let your children play about on the updated playground equipment while you sit on a bench in the ample shade and relax.

Farther away, but worth it:

Manderach Memorial Playground

Two long tunnel slides descending from the 30-foot Lisa’s Tower provide the centerpiece for this unique playground in Limerick. A fence surrounds the entire play complex making it safe for your little (and big) ones to try everything from saucer swings to climbing equipment without wandering too far. Closed the first Monday of each month from 7 am to 2 pm for maintenance.

Up for a trip into the city? Check out our sister site’s roundup of the best playgrounds in the Greater Philadelphia area!

Founder & CEO, Family Focus Media | Creator of Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family | Instagram & Twitter: @sarahbondffm | Email: sarah@familyfocus.org.

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