Best playgrounds in D.C.

Check out the top playgrounds in D.C., reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Kennedy Recreation Center
1. Kennedy Recreation Center
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3 local reviews
1401 7th Street Northwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-671-4794
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Christina
Playground across the street from our house. Has separate areas for under 5 and over 5. Also has a water park…
Jennifer
The playground is split into two areas, one for older children and one for toddlers. Slides, climbing equipme…
Adreinne
See a big concert, or watch a sporting event. This is home to DC's hockey and basketball teams. Just 1 trai…
1. Kennedy Recreation Center
1. Kennedy Recreation Center
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3 local reviews
1401 7th Street Northwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-671-4794
Christina
Christina
Playground across the street from our house. Has separate areas for under 5 and over 5. Also has a water park.
Jennifer
Jennifer
The playground is split into two areas, one for older children and one for toddlers. Slides, climbing equipment, and space to run. During …
Adreinne
Adreinne
See a big concert, or watch a sporting event. This is home to DC's hockey and basketball teams. Just 1 trains stop, or a 15 minute walk a…
2. Volta Park
2. Volta Park
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2 local reviews
1555 34th Street Northwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-645-5668
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Rachel
Playground, baseball field, basketball and tennis courts are open to the public year-round during daylight hou…
Ayesha
A playground just a few blocks away, with a basketball court and expansive sandbox play area.
Ayesha
A playground just a few blocks away, with a basketball court and expansive sandbox play area.
2. Volta Park
2. Volta Park
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2 local reviews
1555 34th Street Northwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-645-5668
Rachel
Rachel
Playground, baseball field, basketball and tennis courts are open to the public year-round during daylight hours. Outdoor pool is open betwe…
Ayesha
Ayesha
A playground just a few blocks away, with a basketball court and expansive sandbox play area.
Ayesha
Ayesha
A playground just a few blocks away, with a basketball court and expansive sandbox play area.
3. Harry Thomas Recreation Center
3. Harry Thomas Recreation Center
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4 local reviews
1743 Lincoln Road Northeast, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-576-5642
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Cheri and Cliff
Playground, Walking/Fitness loop, soccer field, basketball courts, track
Jordan
In the summer, the top draw at Harry Thomas is the beautiful outdoor pool. Locals sun themselves and hang out …
Rossen
Outdoor pool in the summer, gym, baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts (10 mins walk).
3. Harry Thomas Recreation Center
3. Harry Thomas Recreation Center
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4 local reviews
1743 Lincoln Road Northeast, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-576-5642
Cheri and Cliff
Cheri and Cliff
Playground, Walking/Fitness loop, soccer field, basketball courts, track
Jordan
Jordan
In the summer, the top draw at Harry Thomas is the beautiful outdoor pool. Locals sun themselves and hang out all day -- it can be tough to …
Rossen
Rossen
Outdoor pool in the summer, gym, baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts (10 mins walk).
4. Petworth Recreation Center
4. Petworth Recreation Center
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4 local reviews
801 Taylor Street Northwest, Washington
+1 202-576-6850
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Elizabeth
Basketball Court and playground. Especially popular in the summertime for the kids spray park.
Nick and Lylie
Free jazz in the park during summer Kids playground year round Nice grass area for casual games and picnics
Nick And Lylie
Free jazz in the park during summer Kids playground year round Nice grass area for casual games and picnics
4. Petworth Recreation Center
4. Petworth Recreation Center
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4 local reviews
801 Taylor Street Northwest, Washington
+1 202-576-6850
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Basketball Court and playground. Especially popular in the summertime for the kids spray park.
Nick and Lylie
Nick and Lylie
Free jazz in the park during summer Kids playground year round Nice grass area for casual games and picnics
Nick And Lylie
Nick And Lylie
Free jazz in the park during summer Kids playground year round Nice grass area for casual games and picnics
5. Upshur Recreation Center
5. Upshur Recreation Center
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3 local reviews
4300 Arkansas Avenue Northwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-576-6842
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Erin
Playground and outdoor sports fields.
Derric
Park with outdoor pool in summer months. Soccer, playground, Basketball, baseball
Elaine
Outdoor pool is open during the summer! For non-residents, a day pass runs $7, a 30-day pass is $52, and a 90-…
5. Upshur Recreation Center
5. Upshur Recreation Center
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3 local reviews
4300 Arkansas Avenue Northwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-576-6842
Erin
Erin
Playground and outdoor sports fields.
Derric
Derric
Park with outdoor pool in summer months. Soccer, playground, Basketball, baseball
Elaine
Elaine
Outdoor pool is open during the summer! For non-residents, a day pass runs $7, a 30-day pass is $52, and a 90-day pass is $149.
6. Lincoln Park
6. Lincoln Park
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37 local reviews
Lincoln Park, Washington
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Caryn
Great neighborhood park with two playgrounds and lots of open space for dogs and kids to run around and play. …
Charles
This is a neighbor hood park where neighborhood locals gather all day if the weather is decent. There are pla…
Leah
If you need a break from the city, check out Lincoln Park. Surrounded by stunning row houses, the park is full…
6. Lincoln Park
6. Lincoln Park
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37 local reviews
Lincoln Park, Washington
Caryn
Caryn
Great neighborhood park with two playgrounds and lots of open space for dogs and kids to run around and play. Surroundings Market across th…
Charles
Charles
This is a neighbor hood park where neighborhood locals gather all day if the weather is decent. There are playgrounds for children, space f…
Leah
Leah
If you need a break from the city, check out Lincoln Park. Surrounded by stunning row houses, the park is full of locals playing with their …
7. Turkey Thicket Playground
7. Turkey Thicket Playground
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5 local reviews
Turkey Thicket Playground, Washington
Closed now
(202) 576-9238
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Abe & Grace
Great playground with splash park in the summer months; basketball and tennis courts, indoor pool (fee require…
Moira
Large playground and splashpark, plus tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor track for running, and an indoo…
Lisa
This newly renovated playground includes a splash park that is fun for kids of all ages! There are also field…
7. Turkey Thicket Playground
7. Turkey Thicket Playground
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5 local reviews
Turkey Thicket Playground, Washington
Closed now
(202) 576-9238
Abe & Grace
Abe & Grace
Great playground with splash park in the summer months; basketball and tennis courts, indoor pool (fee required)
Moira
Moira
Large playground and splashpark, plus tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor track for running, and an indoor swimming pool.
Lisa
Lisa
This newly renovated playground includes a splash park that is fun for kids of all ages! There are also fields for playing ball, jogging, o…
8. Powell Recreation Center
8. Powell Recreation Center
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2 local reviews
Powell Recreation Center, Washington
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Maj
Free tennis courts and playground.
Christopher
Playground with swings.
Christopher
Playground with swings.
8. Powell Recreation Center
8. Powell Recreation Center
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2 local reviews
Powell Recreation Center, Washington
Maj
Maj
Free tennis courts and playground.
Christopher
Christopher
Playground with swings.
Christopher
Christopher
Playground with swings.
9. Marion Park
9. Marion Park
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5 local reviews
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Genevieve
Playground! Good for younger children (maybe up to 4 years old)
Erica
Playground is good for kids, closest playground open to the public
Nick
The locals call this "Turtle Park" b/c of the Turtle statues on the playground. We like to grab dinner to-go …
9. Marion Park
9. Marion Park
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5 local reviews
Genevieve
Genevieve
Playground! Good for younger children (maybe up to 4 years old)
Erica
Erica
Playground is good for kids, closest playground open to the public
Nick
Nick
The locals call this "Turtle Park" b/c of the Turtle statues on the playground. We like to grab dinner to-go somewhere and have a picnic at…
10. J O Wilson Recreation Center
10. J O Wilson Recreation Center
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3 local reviews
J O Wilson Recreation Center, Washington
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Rod
The best playground of this part of the city it also has a nice jogging track and a full-sized soccer field to…
Tony
The local elementary school has an excellent playground and small field open on weekends. A smaller playgroun…
Tony
The local elementary school has an excellent playground and small field open on weekends. A smaller playgroun…
10. J O Wilson Recreation Center
10. J O Wilson Recreation Center
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3 local reviews
J O Wilson Recreation Center, Washington
Rod
Rod
The best playground of this part of the city it also has a nice jogging track and a full-sized soccer field to exercise
Tony
Tony
The local elementary school has an excellent playground and small field open on weekends. A smaller playground is always open at the corner…
Tony
Tony
The local elementary school has an excellent playground and small field open on weekends. A smaller playground is always open at the corner…
11. Garfield Park
11. Garfield Park
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10 local reviews
2nd Street Southeast, Washington
+1 202-673-7647
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Caryn
Garfield Park is a great family destination with a fun, innovative playground, small skate-park, bocci-ball, v…
Kristin
Garfield Park has public tennis courts, sand volleyball pit, bocce pits, swings, and children's playground.
Genevieve
Park and playground with something for younger and older kids. There are also bocce courts, volleyball courts…
11. Garfield Park
11. Garfield Park
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10 local reviews
2nd Street Southeast, Washington
+1 202-673-7647
Caryn
Caryn
Garfield Park is a great family destination with a fun, innovative playground, small skate-park, bocci-ball, volleyball, tennis, etc.
Kristin
Kristin
Garfield Park has public tennis courts, sand volleyball pit, bocce pits, swings, and children's playground.
Genevieve
Genevieve
Park and playground with something for younger and older kids. There are also bocce courts, volleyball courts and tennis courts.
12. Hains Point
12. Hains Point
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14 local reviews
Hains Point, Washington
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Ellen
Outdoor park, picnic areas, playground, golf course, mini golf, pool (fee for non-DC residents). Great views o…
Debbie & SK
Hains Point is located at the southern tip of East Potomac Park between the main branch of the Potomac River a…
Robbie
Swimming, Golf, Tennis , Putt putt, fishing and sightseeing
12. Hains Point
12. Hains Point
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14 local reviews
Hains Point, Washington
Ellen
Ellen
Outdoor park, picnic areas, playground, golf course, mini golf, pool (fee for non-DC residents). Great views of cherry blossoms and other ic…
Debbie & SK
Debbie & SK
Hains Point is located at the southern tip of East Potomac Park between the main branch of the Potomac River and the Washington Channel in s…
Robbie
Robbie
Swimming, Golf, Tennis , Putt putt, fishing and sightseeing