The Ultimate Bay Area Playground Guide

Without a doubt, one of the best perks of living in the Bay Area is the year-round temperate weather (also why left coast = best coast). This affords our families the opportunity to be outside no matter what the season and that means our playgrounds are top-notch! In this guide, you’ll find a playground for every kid out there who takes the saying, “Play is a child’s work” seriously. We’ve gathered our favorite playgrounds from Marin to the South Bay with brand-new all-ability playgrounds and more. Time to get to work! 

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Favorite San Francisco Playgrounds

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From the hilltops of Bernal to Eureka Valley to the Civic Center, there is no shortage of gorgeous playgrounds (some with spectacular views!) and we rounded up some of the best!

Click here for our San Francisco playgrounds picks!

The Best Playgrounds of the East Bay


Whether you are in Berkeley and Alameda to the inlands of Walnut Creek and San Ramon, the work is cut out for you as we selected the best playgrounds. 

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Peninsula Playground Breakdown

Abian Centeno via Unsplash

Looking for a dragon castle themed park or a hidden neighborhood gem? Your search ends here as we’ve scouted it all out for you! 

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South Bay Playgrounds to Frolic In 


Pirates, butterflies and ant themed playgrounds litter the South Bay so be sure to check one (or several) out! 

Click here for our South Bay playground picks!


Marin Playgrounds You Must Visit 

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From serene open spaces to sweeping scenic playgrounds in San Rafael to Corte Madera to Tiburon, we’ve picked out our best-loved playgrounds.

Click here for our Marin playground picks!

All-Abilities Playgrounds for All Children


Not every child plays the same way but every child needs to play! These all-abilities playgrounds take into account all children—from slides created to prevent snagging of cochlear implants to swings for wheelchairs.

Click here for our All-Abilities playground picks! 

Splash Pads and Spray Parks to Splish Splash In


The transcendent of all playgrounds in the summer by far are ones with splash pads! The minis can run wild on the playground then cool off in the splash pad which makes for a quiet ride home and early bedtime. WIN. 

Click here for our Splash Pad playground picks!

—Christine Lai

feature photo: iStock


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