Our Favorite Playgrounds in Columbus! - Columbus Moms Network

There’s nothing better then a day at the playground with the kids!  It’s free, everyone can get some exercise and fresh air, and it’s a great chance to explore Columbus.   There are so many great playgrounds in Columbus, from neighborhood parks to Metro Parks to large playgrounds.  I’ve rounded up some of our favorites here!   Keep this list handy, and share with your friends.   Let me know if you have a favorite playground that isn’t on this list, I’d love to hear which one(s) is your favorite!

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Ro Park


Ro Park is located in Glen Oak subdivision in Lewis Center and includes ball diamonds, a picnic area, a playground, restrooms, a shelter, and trails.  My daughter’s favorite thing about Ro Park is that it includes the tallest slide permitted in the state of Ohio!

Location: 6804 Snapdragon Way, Lewis Center

Amberleigh Park

Amberleigh Park is located in Dublin and has a great playground, especially for younger kids! It was recently updated and has so many fun features for kids of all ages. There is a shelter so you can bring a picnic lunch, and restrooms (I don’t believe the restrooms are open year round, but probably just warmer months). It’s a great park with a lot of space to run around in, so you can wear the kiddos out before nap time!

Location: 4715 Vista Ridge Dr, Dublin

North Orange Park


North Orange Park is located in Delaware and has many great features including paved walking trails, fishing ponds, soccer fields, basketball courts, a playground with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible features, a shelter with a fireplace.   The playground contains an area designed for ages 2-5 and another area designed for children ages 5-12.  The shelter can be used by the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis if it is not being rented.  It’s a large playground, and there is a lot of room for the kids to run and play!


Location: 7560 Gooding Boulevard, Delaware

Scioto Grove Metro Park


Our family loves visiting one of the twenty two Metro Parks in Columbus, and Scioto Grove Metro Park is one of our favorites.  Scioto Grove Metro Park is a 620-acre park along the Scioto River and it features more than seven miles of trails, two picnic areas with shelters, tables and grills, a kids play area and several overlook decks.  My daughter loves the playground, and we always save time to visit it after a hike and she loves climbing the ropes.  She can spend hours just climbing to the top, sliding down and repeating!

Location: 5172 Jackson Pike, Grove City.

Emerald Fields

Emerald Fields has been a family favorite for years!   It is located in Dublin and features baseball diamonds, cricket fields, fully accessible playground, shelter house, restrooms and water fountains.  The playground is large and has so many fun features for kids of all ages.  For the younger kids, there are so many fun things to do on the ground level, while the older kids can run on top of the playground structure.


Location: 4040 Wyandotte Woods Boulevard, Dublin

Liberty Park


Liberty Park is located in Powell and is the largest park in Liberty Township, with over 2 miles of wooded and open trails, 2 playgrounds (one fully accessible), 12 athletic fields, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, softball diamonds and stocked fishing ponds.   There is also a large hill that my daughter has always loved running up and down!   Of the two playgrounds, our favorite is the one at the back of the park, it is blue in color so just drive all the way to the back and look for the blue playground.   It is another good playground for kids of all ages, with plenty of fun things to do for both younger and older kids.

Location: 2845 Home Road, Powell

Homestead Park


Homestead Park is another of the Metro Parks and is located in Hilliard.     The park features two play areas, plus basketball and sand volleyball courts.  In addition to traditional play areas, the park has a train station replica, and my daughter loves using the outdoor exercise equipment.  The park is also a great place to go see some wildflowers.

Location: 4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard

Wyndham Park


Wyndham Park is a neighborhood park in Dublin, and another one of our family favorites.   The playground was redone just a few years ago, and now has a very tall slide, climbing nets, and a clubhouse style playground structure.  A nice feature at this park is there are two “expression swings” (parent and child swinging face to face).   There is also a smaller play area designed for younger kids, ages 2-5.   I like this park because it’s tucked back from the street a little bit so it’s quieter, and there’s a covered pavillion that I can sit at, or we can enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner at in between playing.

7475 Tullymore Dr, Dublin

Glacier Ridge Metro Park


Another one of the Metro Parks, Glacier Ridge is located in Plain City on the NW side of Columbus.   There are so many fun things about Glacier Ridge and it’s one of my family’s favorite Metro Parks.   There is a traditional playground as well as a wood playground with ramps, ropes, ladders and zipline.   The highlight for my family at this park is the Obstacle Course, which is a 3-acre course featuring 12 challenging stations surrounded by a trail.   If you have dogs, this is a good one because there’s also a dog park.   As with the other Metro Parks, hiking trails are numerous here as well.


Location: 9801 Hyland-Croy Rd, Plain City.

Garrette Park

Garrette Park is located in West Jefferson, but is well worth the drive! The highlight at this playground for our family is the gravity rail swing (pictured above). To see my daughter take a full trip around on the gravity rail, head to the Instagram post here.

In addition to the gravity rail, there is a large playground, and a covered area with tables.

Location: 3 Fellows Ave, West Jefferson

Sharon Woods Metro Park

Sharon Woods is another of our favorite Metro Parks. We enjoy the many hiking trails and there is a beautiful lake at the park where we like to fish. There is a wonderful playground that was built in the summer of 2022 and it’s a great playground. There is also a smaller area for toddlers to play as well.

Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville

Highbanks Metro Park

Highbanks is a large Metro Park, with a lot of hiking trails, a Nature Center, and a few different playground areas. The photos here are of the new playground at the Big Meadows area of the park.

Location: 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center

Blendon Woods Metro Park

Blendon Woods is a Metro Park with great opportunities for viewing wildlife, hiking trails, and a Nature Center. The playground has been recently updated in the last few years and has a great section that is toddler friendly as well!

Location: 4265 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus

Slate Run Metro Park

Slate Run is a Metro Park with lots of hiking trails, a lake with a short boardwalk, a covered bridge, and there are two different playground areas: One is located at Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area and has two really fun climbing play structures, and another playground is at the Shady Grove Picnic Area.

1375 St. Ste. 674 North, Canal Winchester

Aldersgate Park

Aldersgate Park in Marysville is worth the drive! This Park also has a gravity rail, which my daughter loves. And there is a fun treehouse for kids to climb up and play in, built right around a large tree. There is a pond, with a path around it and a few picnic tables with a little bit of shade. Currently, the only restroom facilities is a port-a-potty.

Location: 400 Damascus Rd, Marysville


Other Parks That We Love:

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W Whittier St, Columbus

Veterans Park

1121 S Houk Rd, Delaware

Fancyburg Park

3375 Kioka Ave, Upper Arlington

Towers Park

161 N Spring Rd, Westerville

McCord Park

333 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington

Friendship Park

150 Oklahoma Ave, Gahanna

Westgate Park

455 S. Westgate Ave, Columbus

Blacklick Woods Metro Park

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Powell Village Green Park

47 Hall St, Powell

Wyman Woods Park

1515 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights

Millstone Creek Park

745 N Spring Rd, Westerville

Fryer Park

3899 Orders Road, Grove City

Goodale Park

120 W. Goodale St, Columbus

Huber Village Park

362 Huber Village Blvd, Westerville

Carriage Place Park

4900 Sawmill Rd, Columbus

Alum Creek Park North

221 W Main St, Westerville

Hannah Park

6547 Clark State Rd, Gahanna

Academy Park

1201 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna

Sunpoint Park

670 McCutcheon Rd, Gahanna

Aldersgate Park

400 Damascus Rd, Marysville

Taylor Farm Park

5526 E Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany

Coffman Park

5200 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin

Darree Fields

6259 Cosgray Rd, Dublin

Dream Field

3400 Ventura Blvd, Grove City


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