Wear out the kids in that fresh, outdoor air! Toledo and the surrounding areas have some great places to play. We hope our playground roundup gets you into the summer ‘swing’ of things. (Note: Some parks are handicap accessible.)
Side Cut Metropark
1025 W River Rd, Maumee
419-360-9187 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/side-cut/
Grab your fishing gear and catch some walleye on the Maumee River at Side Cut, the first of Toledo’s metroparks. Side Cut is laden with expansive trails and a gleaming riverfront. Kids can run around at one of the two nature-esque play structures built for toddlers and school-age children, or take advantage of Side Cut’s open fields and toss a football or a frisbee.
761 Lallendorf Rd, Oregon
419-360-9178 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/pearson/
Oregon is definitely on the bay. Pearson Park, however, isn’t quite close enough, so they’ve added a lake! Paddleboat, feed the fish, play on the awesome playground, and take a hike through a tamed swamp. Scout for the hidden, neon-green pond, and don’t forget the sledding hill once winter shows up.
Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W Central Ave, Toledo
419-270-7500 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/wildwood/
Do we really need a photo? Chances are, you know what this place looks like. The most visited of Toledo’s metroparks, Wildwood boasts an expansive 493 acres of beautiful trails, surrounded by natural habitat. Don’t miss the diverse breeds of birds and breathtaking wildflowers this spring and summer. The newly renovated playground, suitable for toddler-age kids through grade-schoolers, is the perfect spot to gather for play dates and outdoor fun! Summer camps are offered for kids of all ages.
Become an Archery Master at Westwind’s 3D Course
9918 Geiser Rd, Holland
419-360-9179 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/westwinds/
Westwinds Metropark is home to the region’s first free, public, 3D archery course. Kids, sharpen your target practice at the elevated shooting range with targets from 20 to 75 yards, or on the 3D trail featuring more than 30 realistic animal targets and 13 shooting stations. Permits available for aviation enthusiasts to fly their drones and radio-controlled devices at the park’s RC Model AirStrip.
700 E Oak St, Wauseon
This is a handicap-accessible, 100% plastic playground and the first of its kind in Ohio. No splinters required to prove you were here! The playground’s erection was entirely supported by volunteers from the community, making, quite literally, a true community park. Have fun!
Flagship Collaborative Play Space
Lakeview Park Port Clinton
1000 E Perry St (SR 163), Port Clinton
This waterfront park features the Flagship Collaborative Play Space, an all-inclusive playground for kids of all ages and abilities. Lakeview Park is accessible—less than an hour’s drive from Toledo— and across the street from the Port Clinton City Beach. Picnic tables, grills, basketball courts and public restrooms are available from May-October.
21311 Telegraph Rd, Brownstown Charter Twp, MI
If you’re looking for a spot to splash around, this is it. Along with this super great playground, Thorn Park has a splash pad! Mom-friendly amenities include lockers and changing space, too.
Oak Openings Preserve Metropark
4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton
419-360-9179 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/oak-openings/
Oak Openings is comprised of a majestic oak savanna ecosystem with vegetated dunes and wetlands. With more than 180 rare plant and animal species and over 50 miles of trails, kids of all ages will enjoy exploring nature and spotting bluebirds, indigo buntings, whippoorwills, songbirds, and more. Host your kiddo’s next birthday party at the one-of-a-kind Beuhner Center, an interactive nature center with an adjacent playground.
A new playground is now open at the White Oak Campground in Oak Openings Preserve. The rustic-looking play structure will be a welcome addition for young campers and other families visiting one of the best Metroparks in the nation! This refurbished playground is designed to honor the natural features that make Oak Openings such a treasure. Kids can climb over a badger or over-sized acorns to access a two-story Oak tree, providing amazing views that are not normally available. The playground also features unique play elements like a zip line and large hill with at-grade slides for a fun-filled experience.
Ottawa Park Disc Golf Course
2201 Ottawa Pkwy, Toledo
419-245-2875 | ottawapark.org
Ottawa Park’s beautiful scenery and numerous attractions make it a great destination for the whole family. Serve it up on one of the park’s 16 tennis courts, play a round of golf, try summer inline hockey, or throw a few rounds of disc golf. Feeling adventurous? Test out the 6.4-mile mountain bike trail or walk along the park’s paved trails. There’s plenty of playground equipment for young kids and the free summer concerts held at the outdoor amphitheater make Ottawa Park a must-visit. Don’t forget to check out the Police Museum!
Fort Imagination at Woodlands Park
429 E Boundary Street, Perrysburg
Visitors rave about Woodlands Park, and we agree. It’s the perfect destination for families of all ages, Fido included. Attractions comprise an 18-hole disc golf course, plenty of open acreage for kite flying, and a walking path lined by beautiful flowers. The park is home to community-funded Fort Imagination, a gigantic play structure. Kids are sure to enjoy the numerous slides, monkey bars, teeter totters and more. Make an afternoon of it and pack a picnic lunch.
6930 W Sylvania Ave, Sylvania
419-882-8313 | olanderpark.com
There are few summer activities that you can’t do at Olander Park. Olander’s 28-acre spring-fed lake is great for fishing, boating, and swimming (or just relaxing on the sandy beach). Four playgrounds and sand volleyball courts accommodate kids young and old; rowboat and paddleboat rentals are available to those 16 years and up. Park is free to residents of the Sylvania School District (no pets allowed).
9208 Lewis Ave, Temperance, MI
734-224-7323 | www.bedfordmi.org/residents/carr_park.php
Six acres of community ground sport an elaborate playground, safe swing sets, and a number of picnicking amenities for a family day out. Grills, tables, and the like make the park a destination for more than just a 30-minute run-around.
8505 S. River Rd., Waterville
419-779-6052 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/farnsworth/
Farnsworth is all about water. Located on the Maumee River, this is more than just a playground. Fish, camp, wade—clean and new, to boot!
Rotary Community Park
26350 Fort Meigs Rd., Perrysburg
Wood County Plays and more than 150 volunteers from the community have been working hard on creating this inclusive playground for more than two years! It’s designed to bring together children of all walks of life, creating a safe and fun environment for anyone who may have a challenge or disability to engage in activities with their peers. The group raised about $800,000 to bring the project to life because everyone deserves a chance to play! The playground includes sensory equipment, ziplines, obstacle courses and is completely wheelchair accessible.
Swan Creek Preserve Metropark
4659 Airport Hwy, Toledo
419-407-9758 | metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/swan-creek
Swan Creek is a spot you can trek to without actually leaving the city. It’s one of those quiet, preserved places that’s unassumingly wild. Playgrounds, trails, and a Window on Wildlife grace the 441 acres.
3620 Centennial Rd, Sylvania
419-517-9094 | sylvaniaplayland.com
This place is a virtual wonderland of fun. Bouncy houses, super slides, mini-golf, an arcade, special space for tots and more, Playland is the place for those rainy days when watching one more movie just isn’t an option.
Maumee Bay State Park
1750 State Park Road #2, Oregon
419-836-1466 | maumeebaylodge.com
Maumee Bay State Pake makes for the perfect day-long getaway. The words, “I’m bored” won’t cross anyone’s lips since the park offers so many attractions such as outdoor and indoor pools, a playground, hiking trails along the lake, a boardwalk, racquetball, beach volleyball and even an arcade.
8801 Sylvania-Metamora Rd., Sylvania
419-882-1500 | playsylvania.com
Pacesetter’s massive 138-acre land holds more than just soccer and baseball diamonds. Situated among the walking trails awaits an 18,000 square-foot playground. Between running around the soccer field and hopping all over the playground, the kiddos are sure to leave exhausted and content.
Perrysburg Municipal Park
945 Elm St., Perrysburg
419-872-8010 | ci.perrysburg.oh.us
This neighborhood park features tennis courts, baseball diamonds and a jungle gym big enough to work up a sweat. Which makes the fact that the community pool is only a short stroll away even better.
13761 Eckel Junction
419-872-8010 | ci.perrysburg.oh.us
Rivercrest Park is a great place for a picnic with its charcoal grills and picnic tables located close to the playground and shelter house. Bring a sled and take advantage of the big hill or enjoy a nice stroll along the paved walking trails.
Oregon Recreation Center
5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon
419-698-7169 | oregonrec.recdesk.com
Spend the afternoon playing by the bay. Situated throughout this rec center of baseball diamonds and soccer fields are several playgrounds ranging in size for kids of all ages. Feeling ambitious? Take the walking/bike path from the rec center to Pearson Park or head in the opposite direction to Maumee Bay.
Walnut Grove Playground
10001 W. Central Ave
419-407-9700 | metroparkstoledo.com
This quaint playground is perfect for big kids and little ones alike. It features both toddler swings, slides and tunnels as well as equipment more suitable for older kids.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
1600 Albon Rd., Holland
419-491-1194 | skyzone.com
Don’t let a rainy day make you stir-crazy. Instead, dead to Sky Zone and burn up that energy. Whether you want to freestyle jump or bring out that competitive side during a game of dodgeball, Sky Zone beats the gray sky blues.