Outdoor Play

Overlook Park

Overlook Park is at the top of a hill, behind a building in a residential area. The day we went was overcast, and the fact that we were alone and the playground is hidden behind a windowless building gave me the creeps, so we drove away without stopping. The description of it sounds way better […] Read more…

Inn Street Playground

Highlights: This playground is smack in the middle of downtown Newburyport with its concentration of shops and restaurants. It is our essential bargaining chip when we want to go to a restaurant or browse the antique stores: “If you’re good for five minutes we can go to the playground!” Bummers: It’s not fenced, and it can get pretty […] Read more…

Roby Park

  Playground at Roby Park – Nashua, NH Spit Brook Road (aka E. Dunstable Road) Highlights: Multiple structures make it suitable for all ages, fully fenced, small cluster of trees at the far end that are perfect for kids to play hide and seek or play imagination games in, plenty of places for grown-ups to sit. Bummers: Close to a very […] Read more…

Kid Spot

Highlights: This is a decent-sized, very shaded playground set back from the road and next door to an elementary school.  There’s plenty for a little kid to do, though the swings are on the high side. The larger structure has cool treehouse-like spaces at the top big enough for kids to congregate. Bummers: There is […] Read more…

Clarke Park

Highlights: This park is set at the edge of Martin’s Pond, so there’s a pretty nice view, in addition to a decent variety of activities within and beyond the playground. My daughter loved the merry-go-round and rolling slide. The sand volleyball court also doubles the world’s biggest sandbox. Bummers: Whoever decided it was a good idea to […] Read more…

Simonds Park

Simonds Park – Corner of Bedford Street & Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA Highlights: This park is huge and has a lot to offer. Bummers: Def What’s Nearby: Wayside Commons, Burlington Mall, Burlington Town Common, Burlington Public Library. Cambridge street near the park has a Dunkin Donuts, Papa Gino’s, and ice cream shop and an independent coffee […] Read more…

Funway Park Londonderry

Funway Park – Nelson Road, Londonderry NH Highlights: This is a cute farm-themed playground with two separate structures that incorporate barn designs and faux hay bales as steps. There is a roller slide, seesaw, ride-on bouncers, body weight propelled saddle spinners, slides, a rope web for climbing, swings (four regular, two infant), a tunnel and […] Read more…

Funway Park Tewksbury

“Funway Park” at Livingston Street Rec Area – Tewksbury, MA Highlights: This playground has it all for both parents and kids. For parents – SEATING! No matter where they run in this park there’s somewhere to sit down. The fact it is fully-fenced brings peace of mind, and there’s even a paved track that runs […] Read more…

Recreation Park Playground

Playground at Recreation Park – Andover, MA 147 Abbot Street Highlights: This one is decent for little kids, and there’s a view of the skate park Bummers: It’s a small structure that bored my buddy pretty quick. If no one else is there, it’s also a little creepy to be out in the woods away from the street […] Read more…

Ipswich River Park

Ipswich River Park – 15 Central Street, North Reading MA Highlights: This is a huge, gorgeous park with something for everyone. In addition to the playground and sandbox for kids, you can launch a canoe or kayak, jog or walk pathways and trails, have a picnic, shoot hoops, throw horseshoes, play tennis, skateboard, ride bikes […] Read more…

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