Some parks can all look the same after a while, but these playgrounds really stand out! Here are the most unique Austin playgrounds that you can find (and a few beyond Austin as well)!
Vivid colors, giant fire ants and salamanders to climb, extra-wide slides, and grassy hills! This park reminds me of something straight out of a children’s book like Alice in Wonderland or something. My kids love coming here (and hate leaving, so be prepared for that). The Liz Carpenter Fountain splash pad just beyond the playground is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day. Don’t forget to climb the hill past the splash pad to check out the giant map of Texas!
1000 Barton Springs Rd, Austin
Zilker Park has a huge playground, big grassy fields to run around, water to cool off in (the free side of Barton Springs, aka Barking Springs), and a coming-soon mini train!
Giant grass that makes you feel like you’re in the movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. A climbing structure you haven’t seen anywhere else. And a really fun slide! This park is small, but it’s definitely unique and we had to include it because it’s just so Austin!
500 E 12th St, Austin
This park just got a complete upgrade and it’s so different from anything else I’ve ever seen! The playground has some very cool climbing structures, and nature-inspired things to play on. Plus, there’s an actual nature play area with logs, a splash pad, and giant chess. But the real “don’t-miss” section of this playground is the Treehouse observation Pod. Sit in the bottom and look up. Climb to the top and look out. It’s all so magically wonderful.
1100 Kingsbury St, Austin
This park isn’t new, but it’s one of those places that transports you out of the city and into a forest-like setting somewhere completely different. There are 2 playscapes here, one for smaller kids and one for older kids. I love the way the bigger playscape includes trees as part of the aesthetic, as Springwoods Park has some of the best trees in town! Take a stroll along the walking path and climb some fun trees along the way!
9117 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin
The little green house is everyone’s favorite hideout. Wouldn’t you love to play in this fairy tale-like setting if you were a kid? Mine could play hide & seek at this park forever.
2106 Klattenhoff Dr, Austin
Right now, there’s a Fortlandia exhibit set up next to the newly renovated playground at Walnut Creek Park, making this playground even more special! We love playing here and think the upgrades they did to the playscape are wonderful, especially the fact that they left the little purple dinosaur from the old playground! After letting the kids play, take them on one of the hiking trails!
12138 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
Nothing is cooler than seeing Nessy, the famous Lakeness Dragon, who lives at the playground at Mueller Lake Park. This is a local favorite park where you can play, feed the ducks, stroll around the lake, and even visit the farmers market on Sunday mornings. Plus, it’s right across the street from Ausint’s Children’s Museum, the Thinkery.
4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin
We love to hike here just as much as we love the newly renovated playground.
12017 Amherst Dr, Austin
Some neighborhood parks are just cooler than others. This one has several playscapes for different ages and abilities, a sand pit, and more.
6710 Arroyo Seco, Austin
Play For All Abilities
This is probably our second favorite park in town. Don’t forget to bring your bikes and scooters, the kids will love racing along the track and cruising the mini town (with working traffic lights)!
151 N A.W. Grimes Blvd, Round Rock
Old Settlers Park in Round Rock is huge and there are two playgrounds that are worth stopping at. Joanne Land is the biggest and most impressive one (better for big kids, but there’s a little kid section too).
2003 Harrell Pkwy, Round Rock
Virg Rabb Playground
This is the other playground at Old Settlers that my kids love. It’s next to the paved hiking trail, so if you need a trail that’s stroller-friendly, this park is for you!
3079 Whitlow Way, Round Rock
This amazing playscape is worth the drive up to Georgetown. It’s enormous and has the most slides of any playground I’ve ever been to.
1003 N Austin Ave, Georgetown
Not free, but this park should be on your radar. The playground is huge and has several ziplines. The splash pad is equally as cool. There are excellent hiking trails here as well. You can see horses out for rides, and even wade in the San Gabriel River.
6450 Ranch to Market Rd 2243, Georgetown
Not only is the playground here spectacular, but the whole park is amazing. There’s one of the best splash pads in town, a lake for kayaking, a skatepark, hiking trails, and more.
2040 Artesian Spgs Xing, Leander
Elizabeth Milburn Park
This enormous park is a favorite of ours for the BMX track, but there’s also a public pool, rock-climbing walls, a couple of playscapes, and more.
1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park
Champion Park is the place to be if your kids are into dinosaurs. There are so many cool aspects to this park like all the things to climb and the giant dino-dig sand pit.
3830 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park
The playground here is small, but the real reason this park made the list is for how UNIQUE it is! There is a giant octopus, Ocho, who greets you on top of the bathrooms here. It’s just SO AUSTIN that I had to include it on this list.
2601 Philomena St, Austin