Playgrounds offer a special space for kids to be kids. But a few of them rise above the rest. Here are some truly unique, must-visit playgrounds around the Milwaukee area.
Thank you to our partners at Elite Sports Clubs for sponsoring this guide and supporting active families in and out of the gym.
A Playground at Malone
16400 W. Stigler Parkway
This playground is accessible to children of all abilities, and its design was a truly collaborative effort. Even the students at New Berlin schools got to submit their designs and ideas. It was built during a Community Build Day by hundreds of volunteers. The design is whimsical and colorful. You’ll find an accessible merry-go-round, all-access swings, monkey bars at varying heights, interactive sound stations, plus tons of nooks and crannies to explore.
Cathedral Square Park
20 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Fort Cushing Playground
This playground in Cushing Memorial Park in Delafield is a completely enclosed fort with sandboxes, swings, slides, towers, ramps, and plenty of secret spaces to explore. Relax on a bench and let your kids be kids! Enjoy the surrounding park and pack a picnic.
Fox River Park
W264 S4500 River Rd
Waukesha, WI 53189
This very special Waukesha County Park includes a 30 foot slide, plus a playground behind the slide that features natural materials. There are also many trails to explore. It costs $4.00 per car or you can use your Waukesha County Parks pass.
7300 W Chestnut St, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
You’ll find a nature-themed playground, splash pad, skate park, colorful public art, and plenty of walking paths & open space.
Franklin Woods Nature Park
3723 W. Puetz Rd.
700 S. Main St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Huge, universally accessible playground in Oconomowoc.
Lake Vista Park
4001 E Lakeside Ave.
Oak Creek, WI 53154
2200 W. Bender Rd.
Glendale, WI 53209
Discover Glendale’s newest family park featuring a playground, community room, family restrooms, snack bar, amphitheater, War Memorial, and baseball fields. Get your ice cream treats, hot dogs, and snacks! Or enjoy an award-winning Sprecher Rootbeer or Craft Beer at the Sprecher Brewing Outdoor Oasis open throughout the summer with the David Hobbs Honda for the People Community Room. The accessibility playground is the largest in the area and accommodates children of all abilities. See the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin War Memorial illuminate at night showcasing heroes from all branches. Music concerts bring generations together at the Johnson Controls Community Amphitheatre.
Upper Lake Park
Possibility Playground was built with children of all types of physical abilities in mind, and has been used by thousands of children and parents to blend the line between learning, therapy and playtime. It sits in Upper Lake Park in Port Washington with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. You can enjoy the charming downtown of Port Washington and visit the marina or lighthouse while you’re there.
Did you know?
Milwaukee Recreation will opens 22 free summer playgrounds throughout the city of Milwaukee. Children ages 6-17 are encouraged to visit a nearby playground for arts & crafts, contests, organized games, and special events. All programs are structured and supervised. Select sites will offer free meals, wading pools, and industrial-strength sprinklers called Cool Spots (when the temperature exceeds 85˚). For a nominal fee, children will have the option of taking field trips to various destinations.
An interactive playground map is available at MilwaukeeRecreation.net/playgrounds.