Lucky for locals, Pinellas County is known for its nature preserves (Weedon, Brooker Creek), parks and playgrounds suitable for adults, families and even dog parks for fur-babies. Some parks offer a view of planes taking off (Albert Whitted) or dolphins cavorting in the bay. More and more, playgrounds are built or refurbished with sustainable, safe materials. Check out these favorite playgrounds in St. Pete and Clearwater any time of year.
On the waterfront in Downtown St. Pete lies this beautiful park with a playground for the kids to enjoy when you need a little relaxation in the fresh air! With slides, swings and a jungle gym to bounce around on, it’s the perfect place to take the kids on a sunny afternoon. Helicopters and small planes landing and taking off will entertain the future pilot in your family.
Another waterfront park in St. Pete caters to kids who love to roll around in the grass when they play with their friends. Laying in a grass field, this park is perfect for afternoons filled with everybody’s it tag or manhunt if you can gather up a group of kiddos to entertain themselves as you enjoy chilling in the shade under the trees.
On a hot and humid day, your kids are likely looking for a fun place to cool off. Luckily, there’s Dell Holmes Park in St. Pete where they have a splash pad and playground so the fun never has to end.
Under the giant oak trees in Crescent Lake Park there is a playground covered in shade for your children to enjoy. With twisty slides and a jungle gym perfect for tag, your kids won’t want to leave this shade covered playground.
Just North of Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Pete there is a waterfront playground perfect for the whole family close enough to downtown to enjoy an ice cream at Kilwin's. Bring a picnic from The Annex and make it a day with a good book and some iTunes.
If your kiddos like to monkey around on the monkey bars, you’ll have to take them to Coquina Key Park! Not only do they have monkey bars, which were my favorite part of the playground growing up, but they also have slides, rock climbing walls and more at this small waterfront playground!
Though the playground at Shore Acres Mini Park is small, it’s pack quite the punch! Not only was it placed carefully under trees for optimal shadiness so your kids can stay cool in the summertime but its located right near a boat ramp. If you need to distract the kids while you lower your boat into the water, check out Shore Acres Mini Park.
At Riviera Bay Park you can tell that they put thought into their playground. Even the large slide is shaded for hot days. They have a jungle gym that your kids can really swing around on and a swing that multiple kids can jump on at once! Bring the whole family because Riviera Bay Park is even dog-friendly!
If you’re raising future climbers, Da Vista Community Park is a great spot to encourage your kids to follow their dreams. With a jungle gym, slides, swings, climbing walls and more your kids will be forever entertained on this playground in Pasadena.
If you work all day long but still go the extra mile so your kids can build memories take them to Demens Landing Park at sunset. Not only is the waterfront view one they will never forget but the playground will allow them to release their energy before bedtime.