The World's Best Parks and Playgrounds
7. Indian Boundary Park, Evanston, Illinois
You may not have heard of Indian Boundary Park in Evanston, but this spacious, beautiful, community park (just north of the city), which has a little public zoo with goats, sheep, and chickens, as well as a playground, duck lagoon, bird sanctuary, spray park, and tennis courts, is much beloved by parents and a perfect place for tired travelers to run amuck.
8. Chelsea Waterside Playground, New York, New York
Spend your time in fabulous fun-filled New York City at the playground? Absolutely. The Chelsea Waterside Playground on 11th Avenue and 23rd boasts state-of-the-art equipment made by a Danish company, Kompan, and every structure at this park is accessible to kids of all ages, from babies to older children. The water play areas with bowling-pin-shaped sprinklers are big enough to accommodate lots of children during the hot summer months and there are also basketball courts and a dog run. Bring bikes, scooters, or just your regular feet and walk, jog, or roll along the paved path paralleling the Hudson River.
9. Tapiola Park, Astoria, Ore.
Every once in awhile you take your kids to a park that is so unique and interesting that you wonder why every playground in America is not modeled after it. If you visit the Oregon Coast with small children, make a stop at the Tapiola Park in Astoria, which has the town's historic landmarks all represented in miniature play structures for kids of all ages. Not only the concept is clever: the age-appropriate play structures make for some seriously fun play and there is a skate park for older kids right next door.
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