17 interactive playgrounds in the Columbus area

Keep the kids entertained in the outdoors with playgrounds featuring climbing walls, splash pads, slides, and close access to nature paths and ponds.

Plenty of interactive features keep kids entertained at Millstone Creek Park.

Plenty of interactive features keep kids entertained at Millstone Creek Park. | Photo by @our_1000_hrs

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It all started with a question in our inbox... “Would love to have a story on the best outside playgrounds in the greater Columbus area. Any playgrounds with kid zip lines? Or splash pads?” — Reader Susan P.

You ask, we deliver. Here are 17 playgrounds to explore, with everything from climbing walls to musical games to log cabins.


Goodale Park | What parents say
Tucked between the large pond + fountain and Victorian Village are two playgrounds for children.

Schiller Park | What parents say
You’ll find a playground among the many features of this park, including floral gardens and fishing ponds.

Whetstone Park | What parents say
Stop and smell the roses at the Whetstone Park of Roses before moving on to the park’s playground.


Emerald Fields | What parents say
This park includes two different large playgrounds, one of which has a musical game for children.

Amberleigh Community Park | What parents say
Kids will adore the play houses set up in a pretend village here, in addition to swings and a slide.


Head to Powell for a splash pad adventure. | Photo by @our_1000_hrs


Village Green Park | What parents say
Cool off with a larger-than-life interactive splash pad, or head to the playground featuring a bridge, slide, and climbing activities.


All Children’s Playground | What parents say
This shady playground features an artificial climbing rock + is accessible for wheelchair use.

Upper Arlington

Miller Park | What parents say
Puzzles, interactive games, and classic playground favorites are adjacent to a small wooded creek with a bridge-lined trail.

Fancyburg Park | What parents say
A StoryWalk surrounds this large park with a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and different playgrounds for children of different ages.

Grove City

Fryer Park | What parents say
What kid wouldn’t want a park with a splash pad in the summer? Climbing structures and a space-themed playground make this park perfect for elementary school-aged children.

Westgrove Park | What parents say
A playground with a musical section is adjacent to wide green spaces and a walking path.


Homestead Park | What parents say
If kids tire of the playground, this park also has a fishing pond + bridge, train station replica, and a paved trail loop connecting to Heritage Rail Trail.

Take the kids to Alum Creek Park North for playtime in a toy train.

Take the kids to Alum Creek Park North for playtime in a toy train. | Photo by @our_1000_hrs


Huber Village Park | What parents say

This castle-like playground is sure to get the kiddos excited, with sports fields and a nature area nearby.

Alum Creek Park North | What parents say

Kids ages 5 and under will love this playground’s toy train, while older children will love the webbed climbing structure.

Millstone Creek Park | What parents say
This playground features a variety of activities to keep kids entertained, from climbing to swings to an electronic light-catching game.


Woodside Green Park | What parents say
This unique log playground features tree houses, nets and climbing structures, and an obstacle course.


Jeffrey Park | What parents say
Classic playground favorites like swings and slides are surrounded by leafy woods, tennis courts, and walking trails.

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