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Visiting Central Park in the Summer: Playground Tour

Updated on November 7, 2017
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Shell is a writer who enjoys helping others gain new perspectives on life and love.

Central Park: 21 Playgrounds Full of Fun!

Looking for a great place to take the family this summer? Seeking a fun "tour" for your family vacation? Central Park offers many things to do. In this hub, I am focusing on my recommendation to make your visit fun for the entire family by touring the Park's 21 playgrounds. I did this with my daughters in the summer of 2010. We spent four weekends in Central Park and still didn't get to all of the playgrounds. However, the ones we went to provided us with hours of fun. From dawn til dusk, we enjoyed sliding down stone carved slides, running over wooden bridges, and jumping up and down on turf-filled trampolines. We stood under sprinklers, ran through bridges filled with water, and inched through tunnels on our bellies. Talk about making memories that will last a lifetime! Regardless of your age, you will find your inner child as you go back to the days of enjoying the playground. (And the parent in you will get a kick out of all the signs asking you not to steal the grass!)

The following photo journal is just one example of the many fun things you can do in a day-long visit to Central Park. To be fair to the rest of the park, I included photos from our stops between playgrounds, so you can see some of the other things you can enjoy while in the park.

To plan your trip today, go to the Central Park website (linked to the Things to Do page).

Of the 21 playgrounds in Central Park, several have water features to cool off during the hot summer months.
Of the 21 playgrounds in Central Park, several have water features to cool off during the hot summer months. | Source
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Some playgrounds have manholes to climb down.
Some playgrounds have manholes to climb down. | Source
Some playgrounds have tunnels to explore.
Some playgrounds have tunnels to explore. | Source
Some playgrounds have walls to climb.
Some playgrounds have walls to climb. | Source
Some playgrounds have water filled paths to run around.
Some playgrounds have water filled paths to run around. | Source
Some playgrounds have trampolines to jump on.
Some playgrounds have trampolines to jump on. | Source
Some playgrounds have Spider Man-like equipment to climb - even the teenagers enjoy the challenge.
Some playgrounds have Spider Man-like equipment to climb - even the teenagers enjoy the challenge. | Source
Some playgrounds have wooden slides and play scapes.
Some playgrounds have wooden slides and play scapes. | Source
Some playgrounds have elaborate stair systems to walk through.
Some playgrounds have elaborate stair systems to walk through. | Source
Some playgrounds have stone-carved slides the kids enjoy sliding down.
Some playgrounds have stone-carved slides the kids enjoy sliding down. | Source
While walking through the park, you can stop and listen to one of many street musicians. They may even take a picture with you.
While walking through the park, you can stop and listen to one of many street musicians. They may even take a picture with you. | Source
Again, the signs will keep you entertained along the way.
Again, the signs will keep you entertained along the way. | Source
Stop to take a picture with the NYC skyline behind you. Then head down to the carnival!
Stop to take a picture with the NYC skyline behind you. Then head down to the carnival! | Source
Love to play chess or checkers? There is an entire house dedicated to this purpose.
Love to play chess or checkers? There is an entire house dedicated to this purpose. | Source
Stop and attempt to fit the entire amphitheater in your picture.
Stop and attempt to fit the entire amphitheater in your picture. | Source
Watch out for runners in the park.
Watch out for runners in the park. | Source
Take a photo op with some famous busts.
Take a photo op with some famous busts. | Source
If you have teenagers, walk along the street to get the snarky "No Standing" photo!
If you have teenagers, walk along the street to get the snarky "No Standing" photo! | Source

© 2012 Shell Vera

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks. I thought it was fun when they walked over to the sign and stood there. Though I have to admit...for a minute I wondered what was so funny about them standing there. Mothers!

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      John C. McGuire 5 years ago from Maryland

      Ha, I enjoy the last, snarky photo.