The Puget Sound’s Best Playgrounds

If your little one needs a new setting for a game of make believe or a new challenge to conquer, look no further than these parent-approved playgrounds in the Puget Sound.

We won’t blame any grown-ups who want to run around and avoid hot lava, climb your way to King or Queen of the Castle or swing so high you believe for a minute you might go right over the top.

Fantasy Fortress in Marysville

This is the perfect spot to bring a fairytale to life. Let the kids wear their Halloween costumes—or play clothes work, too. Located at Cascade Elementary School on 51st Ave NE in Marysville, this playground feels like something out of a Medieval story.

Green Lake in Seattle

This park is crowded for a reason. The playground has all the basics plus a fun canoe to play paddle. It’s surrounded by places to run and ducks and geese to feed. If that’s not enough, you and the kids can go for a swim or rent a boat. On hot days, enjoy the wading pool.

Artists At Play at Seattle Center

This epic playground is always crowded and for good reason. It boasts a 30-foot climbing tower, human-powered carousel, and plenty of places to climb, jump, and be a kid! What sets this play area apart is the musical instruments and listening stations scattered around.

Ella Bailey in Magnolia

Actively Northwest kids love the park in Magnolia for the cool scooter trail and structures for climbing, space to run, and things to swing on. Parents love it for the sweeping views.

Castle Park on Whidbey Island

Kids of any age can run off their energy like royalty at Castle Park. To really tire them out, explore the hiking and biking trails or skate park before letting them loose on the play structure.

Point Ruston in Tacoma

Where else can kids climb aboard and captain a ferry boat playground? This adorable play structure is on the Point Ruston Waterwalk, which means it’s surrounded by opportunities for active adventure—and sweeping views of the Sound and Mount Rainer.

Pay Playgrounds

Imagine Children’s Museum playground

This one requires entrance to the children’s museum which is a good time by itself with its treehouse, play café, and farm. The rooftop playground is an added bonus with a dinosaur dig, musical instruments to explore, and enough slides and towers to keep any kid happy.

Pro tip: There’s only one way in and out, so the kids can run the place without fear.


Kids’ Trek at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

This one also requires park admission, but it’s worth it. Kids will love the nature-inspired playground with ropes to climb, a suspension bridge, they can even splash in a (safe) stream and hide in a tree stump.


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