Wherever we travel, if we see a playground, my daughter always ask to stop and play, and we let her. She’s learned to be patient when when we drag her around museums, castles, and other “sightseeing” places we want to see, and we figure she deserves some fun time too.
In general, all playgrounds, event the smallest ones, have a slide, and possibly a swing or some other rocking structure. The bigger ones allow quite extensive climbing structures, and places to run around.
Some playgrounds are quite simple, but some, even small, are quite creative, like the insect-looking play structure in the featured photo above that we stumbled upon in Quebec City.
Here are a few examples of other playgrounds, from several places around the world, submitted by fellow travel bloggers.
Samiya, from the Selim Family Raasta, wrote the following about this playground:
“Austria was the third country out of seven of our family road trip around Europe. The drive from Switzerland to Austria is simply stunning with gorgeous mountain views but for the same reasons – windy roads going up and down – it was taking a long time to get to our destination in Innsbruck. We pulled into a gas station thinking just to get coffee and fuel. We were pleasantly surprised to see a large play area in the back with gorgeous views of the Tyrol mountain range!”
The playground at the Kings Castle Provincial Park on Prince Edward Island is just part of the provincial park. Even though the play structures are a bit dated, the place is HUGE, and definitely worth a visit in my honest opinion.
My daughter loved the slides with turrets that looked like castles, and the pretend Cinderella carriage, while my son preferred climbing all the wooden structures build on that expansive space.
The above photo of a playground in Beijing, China, was taken by Magdalena from Four Whitneys One World.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this type of carousel in the U.S., which is too bad, because my son got quite a workout on it when he was eight – you have to pedal quite hard to make the carousel go round! Especially if it’s just you, or you and just one more child.
Nichola, from GlobalMouse Travels, wrote the following about this playground in Moscow, Russia:
“We loved the whimsical playground in Gorky Park, Moscow – simple fun with fairytale-like play equipment, all free to use and we spent the longest time playing here. There’s a great home-made lemonade stall nearby and plenty of candy floss (cotton candy) sellers nearby too.”
Tangerine from A Travelogue by Brock and Tanj wrote the following about this park near the Main Square in Belgrade, Serbia:
“We stumbled upon this place while meandering the streets of Belgrade. We cannot help but stop and snap pictures. We immediately heard the loud happy noises that children made. What I love about this playground is its homely and inviting feeling.
This playground, right across the street from our vacation rental in Madrid, Spain, was tiny. I don’t know if in the U.S. anyone would even try to build a playground in a space that small, but this place was hopping with kids in the afternoons. There are tiny playgrounds like that throughout the city.
We were also very happy to see that pretty much all rest areas in Spain where we decided to stop during our road trip through Spain and Portugal had a playground. Again, it’s not a very big area, but it lets the kids use up some of that energy pent up while sitting in the car for hours. I wish the rest areas in the U.S. had playgrounds like that.
Samiya, from the Selim Family Raasta, wrote the following about the playground above:
“We went on a Europe road trip last summer visiting seven countries. Switzerland is one of them and it’s one of the prettiest and most expensive countries in Europe that we have been! This was during our visit to Gruyeres castle, a fantastic place for both adults and children. The castle grounds, market place, the views are all quite amazing. Also great to have a play area where the kids got to play and adults enjoyed views of Swiss Alps.”
The concrete maze “playground” above is quite different from the one the Selim family saw. This place, in Bern, was visited by the Whitney family (from Four Whitneys One World) and submitted by Magdalena.
The photo above was submitted by Sarah, from Family Travel Times. It was taken at Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank (by the Thames) in London. Her son Robert also wrote a post about Parks in Paris – “Parks in Paris with kids.”
Steve, from Passports & Coctails, submitted this photo from the Dillon Marina park in Dillon, Colorado. He wrote:
“Our kids love this park, because it offers lake and mountain views that we just don’t get at home (there are no 14,000 foot peaks in Nebraska). The kids love to swing and pretend that they are going to jump into the lake. We love the relaxing sounds of silence vs. the bustle of our city parks.”
Sarah, from Solo Mom Takes Flight, wrote a post for Trekaroo about the Sunny Isles Beach, Florida where the photo above was taken. There are more than NINE parks in just about 3 square miles of the Sunny Isles Beach!
Does there have to be a playground?
Sometimes there is no playground nearby, and the kids use famous landmarks to play on, if they can. Both of my kids enjoyed climbing up on the famous lions at the foot of the Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square in London, UK.
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Hope you enjoyed this little tour from playgrounds around the world. If you ever see an interesting playground while you travel, take a photo and let me know. I’d be happy to do another “playground” post some time.
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