Yeah, Brooklyn has more space, good restaurants and a certain coolio quotient, but as far as we’re concerned, Brooklyn is primo playground territory. You'll find ship-shaped climbing structures and brand-new spots for outdoor play.MoreLess
This one is at the very least, the buzz of Brooklyn families, as it’s part of of Domino Park, a five-acre park built on the former site of the Domino Sugar Factory in North Williamsburg. Providing gorgeous views of the East River, Domino Park is home to a one-of-a-kind playground designed by Mark Reigelman that's inspired by the sugar refining process. It’s as fun to play in as it is to look at, with slides short and steep, ladders to scale, and web tunnels to traverse.
Your little pirates will love this nautical-themed playground located in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge at Pier 1. Climb aboard the ship-shaped playground equipment and peep through portholes, race across bridges, or whiz down the twisty slide. A boat-shaped sandbox provides yet another spot for sunny day diversions.
Located next to the Prospect Park bandshell, this enormous playground was designed with music in mind. Little ones will find the harp and trumpet-shaped sprinklers totally refreshing in warmer weather. When they're done, they can clang out a tune on the larger-than-life xylophones. Jungle gym equipment areas featuring slides, ramps and ladders are available for both toddlers and big kids.
Ok, the actual playground itself is nothing extraordinary, but the namesake of the park, is. (Still, any kid would be happy to rock out here for a while.) Named for native Brooklynite and Beastie Boy/filmmaker/activist Adam Yauch, AKA M.C.A., this slice of park hugging the BQE was renamed in his honor in 2013, one year after his death. That's cool, but what's even cooler is that this is the park where Yauch himself played as a child, even, apparently, learning to ride a bike here.
Parents of toddlers will love the gated area designed for their little ones, complete with a small slide, steering wheels and noise-making equipment. Older kids can tackle the large spherical rope climbing structure, or test their balance on the dizzying spinning plates. And after an afternoon of climbing, spinning and jumping, you can cool off with a cone at Uncle Louis G’s across the street.
Yet another playground in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Pier 1 play space is notable for a couple of reasons. While we love the playgrounds at BBP, shade can be sparse in the relatively new park, where the vegetation is still growing in. This playground, however, is an exception, and is mercifully surrounded by greenery. (It's sort of tucked away and feels like a hidden sanctuary.) The playground is also a fantastic space for babies and toddlers who can explore low-lying turtles.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but this playground, located beneath the F/G train overpass, is a pleasant place to spend some time. It's brand new (it opened in the spring of 2018 after an investment of $1.35 million) and features ADA accessible playground equipment for kids of all ages, lots of room to roam, a safety surface underfoot, and gentle spray showers that are activated at the touch of a button. Plus, seating and shade.
Also affectionately known as New Fort Greene Park, this playground can be a nice alternative to the often-crowded play area on the other side of the park. The main attraction is a huge, fort-shaped structure, complete with slides, ramps, monkey bars and a couple of treehouse-like hangouts. A separate toddler area is available for the smaller set, complete with baby swings and pint-sized climbing equipment.
A giant wooden teepee with slide exit, large spherical climbing structures and more slides built into the landscape are just a few of the highlights. On warm days, the Water Lab is packed with kids of all ages splashing around in the sprinklers and wading pool area. If they prefer to stay dry, your tots can put their building skills to the test in one of the city’s largest sandboxes. Looking for high-flying fun? Check out Swing Valley's ten swing sets and Tarzan rope.
A recent renovation to the tune of over seven million dollars transformed this park into a play destination for all ages. Despite its name, the park is located in the Borough Park area of Brooklyn, and the revamp brought two new swing sets, two new basketball courts, two new baseball fields and a handball court. The playground areas are inspired by mountain climbing and include a play mountain, climbing net, rope bridge and climbing rocks. The playground also includes three sizes of swings.
This playground has minimal equipment, but that’s exactly what makes it so cool. As the name implies, the playground is designed to encourage kids to use their imaginations from the moment they are greeted by the giant, bronze dragon-shaped sprinkler. Peek inside one of the animal-shaped cutouts, or use the circular stage to put on a show.
After a major makeover in 2012, this Park Slope gem is now loaded with activities for kids of all ages and tons of room to roam. The littlest kiddos will love the colorful farm animal cutouts, interactive panels and scaled-down slides. Older kids can test their balance and climbing skills on a giant, caterpillar-shaped structure. On warm days, kids flock to the sprinkler area, which is complete with water cannons.
Named for Viking Leif Ericson, one of the first Europeans to set foot on North American soil, it’s fitting that the equipment at this playground has a Viking theme. Climb the oar ladders and run across the wooden planks, or run through the flower-shaped sprinklers in the water play area. While the park tends to get crowded, it still has a true neighborhood feel.