If your kids are tired of the same old playground, here’s an idea—take a road trip to discover some of the best playgrounds in New Jersey. And happily, most playgrounds are open in NJ for 2021, so this spring is a perfect time to try them out. To help you plan, we created a list of our favorite places to let your kiddos climb, run, and slide and many offer cool themes and accessible equipment for inclusive play. Scroll down to find one of the best playgrounds in New Jersey near you, and don’t miss our guide to beachfront playgrounds too.
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These are the best playgrounds in New Jersey
Best Playgrounds in New Jersey – North Jersey
Essex County Regatta Playground
Ahoy, maties—within the Waterfront section at South Mountain Recreation Complex, along the Orange Reservoir, is this nautical-themed playground. Huge ship masts, boats for big and littles, and swings for all shapes and sizes cover the grounds. Your kiddos can also test their balancing skills on a giant see-saw designed to look like a dragonfly, balance beams, and climb on faux rocks.
Cherry Lane, West Orange, NJ 07052
This playground is a part of the 10.2 acres Slattery Park, named after William Slattery, a politician and coal merchant. With a bunch of wooden climbing structures, a two-story pirate ship, and a zip line, there’s lots of equipment that appeals to all ages.
700 Garretson Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Liberty State Park Playground
Where else can you take in the scenery of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island all while your kiddos are running around on the playground? The stunning views make playing fun, and the location, including Liberty Walk, a picnic area, and Interpretive Center, make it a great spot to linger after. Plus, Liberty Science Center is to the west of the park, and it’s the only NJ location with Ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
535 Freedom Way, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Montville Community Playground
Where do you start at this playground? The tire swings, net obstacle course, or the humungous slide. This handicap-accessible playground in NJ has various ramps and wheelchair-accessible swings that give everyone a chance to use the equipment. The Community playground is open to anyone who wants to get outside and be a kid.
130 Changebridge Road Montville, NJ 07045
Overpeck Park Playground
With so many spots to climb and slide, Overpeck playground is an excellent place for your kids to let their sillies out. When your kiddos are done climbing, they can get on their bike with options of over 5 miles of paths. Or they can take in the views from the observation deck, run in the 40-acre open field, and if they need a break, there is a pretty gazebo nearby.
199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Ponderosa Farm Park
Climb high at this park with plenty of recreational equipment, or bring your bathing suit in the summer to get wet at their spray park. There are also fun twisty slides, swings, and a soft cushioned mat underneath. Trails and playing fields are also on site.
1600 Cooper Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Newport Green Park
Did you know that Hudson County has an “urban beach” at Newport Green Park in Jersey City? This park along the Hudson River has waterfront and Manhattan skyline views. This clean, modern playground includes a climbing net, splash pad, and a carousel. If you or your little need a refreshment, this play area is not far from Hoboken or many local restaurants.
14th Street and Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310
The Loop Playground
Reach the peak of the treehouse at this best playground in New Jersey, filled with rock climbing structures, climbing ladders, stepping pods, and bridges. There is even a second playground for younger children, complete with swings, slides, and steering wheels. There is also a small spray ground area available for the whole family to cool off between the two playgrounds.
Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ 07092
Best Playgrounds in New Jersey – Central Jersey
Windward Beach Playground
Play peek-a-boo with your little one through the tree holes of this nature-themed beach playground. Kids can run through the “forest” or climb up the treehouse before they slide down onto the cushioned mat below. In addition to the play area, there are also several picnic areas, and the beach is at the bottom of the hill.
265 Princeton Avenue, Brick, NJ 08724
Castle Park II
Fit for your littlest king or a queen—kids enter through the drawbridge into a kingdom of fun and adventure. Climb a rock structure, ride a horse, or take a ride on the sway fun apparatus. This park has it all for the little ones and bigger kids too.
1511 N. Bay Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753
Challenger Place at Dorbrook Park
Challenger Place is the first universally integrated playground in NJ. Three play structures allow children of varied abilities to all play together with wheelchair-accessible areas. There’s also the Lion’s Sensory Den which is designed specifically for blind or visually impaired children. After the playground, check out the paved trails, tennis courts, and the spray ground (opening later spring and summer 2021).
Dorbrook Park E Loop, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Mantoloking Bridge County Park
The breezes at this waterfront park are perfect on a warm day. Watch your little ones climb up, slide down, and bounce all around this matted play area. This park is complete with new bulkheads, a public boat ramp, a travel lift, a walking path, picnic benches, and even a bird-watching area.
30 Mantoloking Road, Brick, NJ 08723
Slides, climbing rocks, and bright-colored equipment fill this playground located at Seven President’s Park. After a day at the beach, your kiddos can get out the rest of their energy since this park is right along the shore in Long Branch. It is also universally accessible, which means inclusive fun for everyone. The Skateplex skate park is also nearby, making this a perfect stop for families with older and younger kids.
221 Ocean Ave. North, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Best Playgrounds in New Jersey – South Jersey
Forked River Beach Bayfront Park
A little off the beaten path but worth the trip—this playground is full of picture-perfect sunrise and sunset views. While you take in the scenery, your kiddos can climb on nautical age-appropriate play areas. If you feel energized, try out their outdoor fitness area or take a seat in the pavilion. There are also walking trails with benches.
1514 Beach Blvd., Forked River, NJ 08731
Jake’s Place- Cherry Hill and Delran
Jake’s Place is named after Jacob Myles Cummings-Nasto (“Baby Jake”), who was loved by many and left the world too soon. These two playgrounds’ goal is to provide all-inclusive play opportunities for children and adults with special needs. These award-winning, all-inclusive playgrounds are complete with cushioned surfaces, wide ramps for wheelchairs and assistive equipment, bridges, sensory play areas, and even specialized areas for people with autism. There are also swings, a wheelchair glider, and rock walls available to climb.
101 Bortons Mill Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 and 12 Hartford Road, Delran, NJ 08075
Climb high in the spider web structure, try out the spinning wheel, or get dizzy in the sphere spin seats at this best playground in New Jersey. Kiddos can choose from two playgrounds, one for the little ones and one for the bigger kids. Adults can sneak in a workout while kids play in the adjoining fitness areas. After, meet at the splash pad to cool off before heading home.
12 Sycamore Lane, Deptford, NJ 08096
Let your little one be king or queen for a day at this newly resurfaced castle-themed playground. This top Pemberton playground has seesaws, tire swings, sway tables, rock climbing walls, climbing ropes, and more. Find toddler and regular swings, spinning dizzy chairs, and musical equipment—combined with the traditional selection of monkey bars, tunnels, and slides at this best playground in New Jersey.
9, -23 4 Mile Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068
Pennington Park Playgrounds
There are not one but two playgrounds at Pennington Park, and there are other opportunities available to your kids too. Educate your littles about Rancocas Creek and its several habitats, including wetlands, tidal pond and marshland, creek shoreline, and meadows. Hike, bike, or rollerblade on the trail network and when you need a break, there are picnic areas and several picnic shelters available.
801 Creek Road, Delanco, NJ 08075
Playground at Matador Oceanfront Resort
At the base of the Matador Oceanfront Resort on 16th Ave is a spectacular playground for kids of all ages. Your littles can swing, spin, and climb over a soft turf base. This play area is accessible from the street, and there is beach access steps away.
511 E 16th Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260