The Cleveland area is home to SO MANY playgrounds especially on the west side. If you follow along on Instagram, I share a bunch there as well but I also wanted to make an easy to find list as the long awaited summer time draws near.
If you click on each of the names, it will take you to the location on Google maps. If the location is not spot on, I’ve directed you to as close as possible to find them.
1. NORTH COAST HARBOR PLAYGROUND – this is downtown Cleveland’s first & ONLY playground. There’s no direct address but if you head to North Coast Harbor (also for parking purposes), you’ll be sure to find it. It’s tucked away right next to the Great Lakes Science Center & William G. Mather Steamship. The playground itself is steamship-themed & pretty cute. Lots of opportunities for climbing & spending some time outdoors with extraordinary views. The next time you head downtown, definitely plan a stop here. You can also take a pic at one of the Cleveland script signs. FYI – no public restrooms around unless you hop into the science center. See more on Insta.
2. EDGEWATER PARK PLAYGROUND – COMING SOON! A beautiful playground is coming to Edgewater Park at Lakefront Reservation. The last I heard the plan was for it to be done this spring but I’ve got my fingers crossed for this summer or fall, the latest. As soon as I hear something, this will get updated.
3. LAKEWOOD PARK PLAYGROUND – who doesn’t love this one?! If you’ve been living under a rock, Lakewood Park Playground is an amazing playground in Lakewood right along Lake Erie. I believe it was 2015 when this park went under a MAJOR renovation to look like it does now. The playground used to be one of those standard wooden playgrounds. A fun feature of this one? The aerial playground of course – but be warned, this spot definitely gets crowded. While you’re there definitely check out the solstice steps & the skyline views at the northernmost part of the park. There’s plenty of paths to walk around & enjoy a beautiful day. Restrooms are aplenty here.
4. MADISON PARK PLAYGROUND – Another great one in Lakewood. My son calls this one the “battleship” playground as he loves to pretend he’s on a ship because of how tall it is. This one is located right next to Becks Pool. If you’re not very close to Lakewood, I would highly recommend doing Lakewood Park & this one to get some great play time in. There are restrooms here. See more on Insta.
5. GRANNIS PARK PLAYGROUND – A really nice hidden gem in Fairview Park. While the playground is super nice, parking is a little tricky here as it’s more of a neighborhood playground. There are side streets to park & walk to it but no dedicated parking lot. Just an FYI. The playground, on the other hand, is a really great size for kids of all ages & there’s plenty of places for mom & dad to sit. There are no restrooms here; however, it’s very close to all the shopping areas to find one.
6. LINDEN PARK PLAYGROUND – A very nice playground in the heart of Rocky River. This location is also a popular spot for sledding in the winter. The playground has sets suitable for all ages. The bigger one is super tall so be sure to watch your little ones if they manage to climb up it. There is also a small sand pit here. There are restrooms here.
7. ROCKY RIVER PARK PLAYGROUND – While this playground isn’t extravagant compared to others, the view & scenery at this lakefront playground in Rocky River is what sets this one apart. Come for the playground, stay for a picnic at the lake. There is a restroom here as well.
8. PLAY IN BAY PLAYGROUND – One of the nicest wooden playgrounds in the overall CLE area in my personal opinion. Located in Bay Village, there is a TON of equipment here made for all ages. The best part if you have little ones is it’s entirely closed off so super safe. There is a very nice sand pit filled with trucks to play in & so many climbers, even one shaped like a boat for all the imaginative play you can ask for. There are restrooms near the aquatic center it is adjacent to. See more on Insta.
9. BRADLEY PARK PLAYGROUND – Newly renovated in Bay Village, this playground has something for everyone. If you have a child that loves to climb, this is a great spot. There are restrooms here.
10. REESE PARK PLAYGROUND – Another great playground in Bay Village. This is a ADA fully accessible location. Restrooms are available.
11. WESTLAKE RECREATION PARK PLAYGROUND – Located at Westlake Rec Center, this playground has 3 different playgrounds to play on. If you have kids that are a variety of ages, this location is perfect. Tons of slides & climbing equipment. There is also a huge hill super popular in the winter to sled, walking trails (that include a storybook trail) & even a fishing pond. Restrooms are available here. See more on Insta.
12. MUCKLO PLAYGROUND – Berea’s pride & joy. Mucklo Playground located within Coe Lake is truly a personal favorite of mine. If I lived closer to Berea, I’d be here every day. The playground portion itself has so many fun sets. One shaped like a pirate ship, the other massive playground with sets for older & younger kiddos has huge slides & plenty of places to run & play. A popular feature to this one is the zipline – so fun! What I love the most about this one is being at Coe Lake. After the kids have ran off their energy at the playground, go for a scenic walk around Coe Lake or stay to have a picnic. The park also has a storybook trail. There is a porta potty here & restrooms that are open when the pool is. See more on Insta.
13. DORA LEE PAYNE PLAYGROUND – Another great playground in Berea that was recently updated in 2018. If you don’t live close, I’d definitely recommend doing Mucklo & this one while you’re in the area. This space themed playground is so great. It’s not every day you come across a playground shaped like a rocket ship! There is a restroom here but a little bit of a walk from the playground. See more on Insta.
14. MARQUARDT PARK PLAYGROUND – This newly renovated playground in Brooklyn is out of this world fun. Super unique structure for lots of climbing fun. Although small in general, a decent place to bring the kids if you’re looking for something different. Restrooms are open seasonally.
15. SOUTH CENTRAL PARK PLAYGROUND – This playground in North Ridgeville has it all. Shade from trees on a hot day, climbers for different age groups, sand pit, & a fishing pond. It’s a really great spot to also have a picnic at on a nice day. This location is super popular for town events such as the annual Corn Festival & fireworks for 4th of July. There is even a story book trail here as well as restrooms. If you are a resident of North Ridgeville, there is a splash pad to cool down in the summer.
16. EVERY CHILD’S PLAYGROUND – This is a fairly newer playground in Avon. There’s many accessible features here & a variety of things to do like a firetruck climber & an interactive musical set. Our favorite part? The swing zipline. Be forewarned, it’s pretty hard to pull up if you’re by yourself but doable. I’ve even seen some younger kids doing it themselves but I’m sure it depends on the child. This playground also has a storybook trail in the woods behind the playground. There are porta potties here. See more on Insta.
17. NORTHGATE PARK PLAYGROUND – Another hidden gem in Avon. The nicest part to this playground is the pirate ship climber. There is also a really cute pond, walking path, & plenty of shaded spots to have a picnic. Restrooms are available across the street at the Lions Club community building. See more on Insta.
18. SCHWARTZ PARK PLAYGROUND – Recently renovated in 2018, this playground in Avon has a Ninja Warrior type of feel to it. Plenty of climbing structures & cute little playhouses. Restrooms are available.
19. VETERAN’S MEMORIAL PARK PLAYGROUND – Another nice playground in Avon located at the home of what used to be The Duct Tape Festival. While it is canceled again this year, another scavenger hunt is coming this summer. The playground is a great size & also features a sand pit. There are restrooms here.
20. BLESER PARK PLAYGROUND – This wooden playground in Avon Lake is a classic. There’s word it’s up for a major renovation but that hasn’t started yet. It’s not in the best condition but a decent wooden play space for kiddos. Lots of places to explore & climb. The views of Lake Erie are also top notch here. Restrooms are available here on a seasonal basis. See more on Insta.
21. WEISS FIELD PLAYGROUND – This baseball themed playground in Avon Lake is really cute. It’s a nice size & there’s plenty to do here from one of those roller slides to many structures to climb. There is a dog park & skate ramps as well. In the summer there are misters to keep cool. There’s big open fields here, perfect for a walk or picnic. Restrooms are available although open seasonally. See more on Insta.
22. MAUDE NEIDING PARK PLAYGROUND – Located in Amherst, Maude Neiding Playground is another nice wooden playground to check out. A few years ago, the equipment from the Children’s Developmental Center was relocated here to right in front of the wooden playground so you have two completely different sets to explore. Lots of options here for a fun filled day. This location has a walking path, plenty of space for a picnic, & restrooms can be found when the pool that is adjacent to it opens for the season. See more on Insta.
23. CASCADE PARK PLAYGROUND – This musical themed playground in Elyria is an all inclusive one for children of all abilities to enjoy. Located in Cascade Park within a Lorain County Metro Park, this is a perfect place to spend a day outside. Recently renovated in 2018, there are trails, the Black River, & if you enjoy a hike; there’s one that will take you to beautiful waterfalls. There are restrooms here. See more on Insta.
24. LAKEVIEW PARK PLAYGROUND – This is probably the best playground to go to during the summertime. It’s located right on the beach at Lakeview Park in Lorain. If your kiddo loves playing in the sand, they will absolutely love it here & while you’re at it, just make it a beach day! While the playground isn’t extravagant, it is very nice & the area is just beautiful. More on the park itself can be found here. The park has a beautiful rose garden when in bloom, plenty of walking paths, & even a cafe that is open seasonally. Truly a one stop shop & worth the drive if you plan to spend the day or a few hours. Restrooms are available seasonally. See more on Insta.
25. NEW RUSSIA TOWNSHIP PLAYGROUND – This playground in New Russia Township in Oberlin scored big with a farm themed addition in 2019. This park is open seasonally with an April 1st open date. The farm structures are super fun & interactive while there is still a traditional playground with slides & climbing structures. The park itself is really beautiful with plenty of places to walk, picnic, or even play tennis. There are restrooms here. See more on Insta.
If this list has helped you in any way, please feel free to tag me on IG: @clevelandwestsidemoms – would love to see your adventures!