UPPER WEST SIDE’S TOP PLAYGROUNDS FOR KIDS
By Lilyan Bell, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – West Side Office and Devoted Mom
Because 9 is my lucky number, I’m sharing 9 fun playgrounds in NYC worth visiting because Spring is HERE ! It’s possible they are only steps from your door! The area I concentrated on the West Side ranges from West 50s to West 100s and Central Park West to Riverside Drive. So get ready, here are my top playgrounds for my son on the Upper West Side.
1. Elephant Playground
West 75th and Riverside
This playground is so much fun they have swings, climbing sculptures for kids under 4 years old and new renovated ones for the kids over 5 years of age. The elephant sprinklers are a hit and let’s not forget a gated sand box for tots! Bathrooms on Premises.
2. HiPPo Park Playground
West 93rd and Riverside Park
Wonderful squirting hippos, turtles, oh my. They even have trapezee swings that aren’t hard to reach even for a 4 year old! No more breaking your back lifting our loved ones! Tons of trees giving shade. They even have an arts and crafts indoor area that you can rent for parties!
And don’t miss the 91st Street rose garden just up the path, which bursts into bloom every spring. Bathrooms on Premises.
3. Heckscher Park
Central Park’s oldest and largest playground connected to Umpire Rock. Tons of rocks to scale, tunnels, moats and bridges. You can stay here all day long. There is an area for the bigger kids and one for the smaller kids. A huge metal slide and 2 tire swings adds to the appeal. Bathrooms on premises.
4. Tarr Family Playground
Central Park (W. 100th St.)
This playground has tunnels and slides, a net climber, a concrete maze and swings for all ages. Refreshing in the summer from the jets that shoot up with water and the playground even has a light mist for the adults!
5. Wild West Playground
West 93 & Central Park West
This playground has all wood structures. It’s all about the water channel that weaves through the play area in the middle of the park. There are slides, steps, poles and a tire swing.
6. Tecumseh Playground
West 77th street & Amsterdam Ave
One of our favorites! Features sprinklers, metal climbing sculptures of all different sizes, and even poles for those who dream of one day firefighting. This playground is attached to a huge yard so bring your skateboard, rollerblades, kickball, soccer ball and scooters. Bathroom on Premises.
7. Diana Ross Central Park
West 81st Street
Tons of sand and wooden sculptures to scale make this area stand out. Also on the premises are tire swings, double length slide, a metal tunnel slide and bridges. All of those child amenities leave them in imagination mode. Hoist the sails, this playground is a sure adventure!
8. River Run Riverside Park
82nd & 81st Streets
This is good for kids younger than 8 years old. The river runs through the playground which is a treat for the little ones. With the huge sandbox it feels like you are at the beach, perfect ages 4-8. This playground has tons of sun so on a hot day I would go at a certain time. Bathrooms on premises.
9. Adventure Playground
West 65th Central Park West
This playground has a stone pyramid slide. It even has a tree house all in the sand. It’s shady and has sprinklers adding to the fun! Across the way is a smaller playground for infants. It’s close to a food court, strawberry fields lawn for a picnic and bathrooms.
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