America’s Coolest Playgrounds

Whether you are road tripping with little ones this summer or just in the mood for a young-at-heart adventure, there are incredible playgrounds to check out all over the United States. Scheduling in a visit to a cool playground can be a great way to convince (bribe) kids to go to an art museum or historical sight beforehand. Dissipating some energy also makes dinner or lunch at a restaurant that much more tolerable.

Here are some of our favorites from sleek to wacky to innovative. What did we miss? Please let us about know your favorite playgrounds in the comments below.

<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: City Museum</div><div class="caption-title">MonstroCity, St. Louis</div>Built out of found objects, this "post-Apocalyptic" structure is part of the eclectic <a href="http://citymuseum.org/site/?p=89" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:City Museum" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">City Museum</a> in St. Louis, Missouri.
MonstroCity, St. Louis
Photo by: City Museum
MonstroCity, St. Louis
Built out of found objects, this "post-Apocalyptic" structure is part of the eclectic City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: Flickr/Chimey Bleu</div><div class="caption-title">Kamakana Playground, Kona Hawaii</div>Located on the Big Island, this playground boasts a zip line, model train and ship, climbing structures, and incredible views. For those who prefer to exercise their brains, there are chess tables built into lava rock.
Kamakana Playground, Kona Hawaii
Photo by: Flickr/Chimey Bleu
Kamakana Playground, Kona Hawaii
Located on the Big Island, this playground boasts a zip line, model train and ship, climbing structures, and incredible views. For those who prefer to exercise their brains, there are chess tables built into lava rock.
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: Fairfax Gov.</div><div class="caption-title">Clemyjontri Park, Fairfax County, VA</div>This huge playground was conceived to allow children of all physical abilities play side by side. Its thoughtful design makes it accessible to those in wheelchairs, who use braces, or have developmental disabilies. <br>
Clemyjontri Park, Fairfax County, VA
Photo by: Fairfax Gov.
Clemyjontri Park, Fairfax County, VA
This huge playground was conceived to allow children of all physical abilities play side by side. Its thoughtful design makes it accessible to those in wheelchairs, who use braces, or have developmental disabilies.
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: Yerba Buena Gardens</div><div class="caption-title">Yerba Buena Playground, San Francisco</div>This playground is built on the rooftop of the Moscone Convention Center in downtown San Francisco. It features a 25-foot slide that whooshes kids to a spongy rubber play pit.
Yerba Buena Playground, San Francisco
Photo by: Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Playground, San Francisco
This playground is built on the rooftop of the Moscone Convention Center in downtown San Francisco. It features a 25-foot slide that whooshes kids to a spongy rubber play pit.
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: New York City Park Hopper</div><div class="caption-title">Nelson A. Rockefeller Playground, NYC</div>There are 500-plus playgrounds in New York City and this one is arguably the best. Climbing structures, sand tables, and a cute pedal merry-go-round encourage children to interact and have fun together.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Playground, NYC
Photo by: New York City Park Hopper
Nelson A. Rockefeller Playground, NYC
There are 500-plus playgrounds in New York City and this one is arguably the best. Climbing structures, sand tables, and a cute pedal merry-go-round encourage children to interact and have fun together.
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: New York City Hall of Science</div><div class="caption-title">Science Playground, Queens</div>The playground at the New York Hall of Science is the biggest of its kind in the country. Explore sound, light, and mechanics or just swing and climb on the park's innovative equipment.
Science Playground, Queens
Photo by: New York City Hall of Science
Science Playground, Queens
The playground at the New York Hall of Science is the biggest of its kind in the country. Explore sound, light, and mechanics or just swing and climb on the park's innovative equipment.
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: Waltarrrr/Flickr</div><div class="caption-title">La Laguna Playground, San Gabriel CA</div>Historic La Laguna Playground is populated by 14 concrete monster sculptures instead of traditional equipment. Built in a sand-filled lagoon, it was designed by Mexican artist Benjamin Dominguez. Preservationists saved it from demolition in 2006.
La Laguna Playground, San Gabriel CA
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La Laguna Playground, San Gabriel CA
Historic La Laguna Playground is populated by 14 concrete monster sculptures instead of traditional equipment. Built in a sand-filled lagoon, it was designed by Mexican artist Benjamin Dominguez. Preservationists saved it from demolition in 2006.
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: City of Berkeley</div><div class="caption-title">Adventure Playground, Berkeley CA</div>For families who are more "Mad Max" than "Madeline," the Adventure Playground recalls a far away time before personal injury lawyers were invented. Saw, hammer and paint your own play structure.
Adventure Playground, Berkeley CA
Photo by: City of Berkeley
Adventure Playground, Berkeley CA
For families who are more "Mad Max" than "Madeline," the Adventure Playground recalls a far away time before personal injury lawyers were invented. Saw, hammer and paint your own play structure.
<div class="caption-credit"> Photo by: Austin Parks Dept.</div><div class="caption-title">Imagination Playground, Austin</div>Architect <a href="http://imaginationplayground.com/about/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:David Rockwell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">David Rockwell</a> designed this "playground in a box." Kids can use creativity and foam blocks to build their own idea of a playground almost anywhere.
Imagination Playground, Austin
Photo by: Austin Parks Dept.
Imagination Playground, Austin
Architect David Rockwell designed this "playground in a box." Kids can use creativity and foam blocks to build their own idea of a playground almost anywhere.

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