A traditional playground, to be honest, is a bit boring. Since play is integral to a child’s development of a healthy brain and body, an unique playground will surely send their creative minds into overdrive. Here’s our list of epic playgrounds:
Container Park – Las Vegas
Las Vegas should definitely be back on your radar for a family friendly vacation. Container Park, located on historic Fremont Street, is built using recycled shipping containers to create a fun haven for kids. Walk through the 55-foot praying mantis and enjoy hours of fun in the Children’s Tree House and Play Zone.
Where to Stay? There are five Hilton Grand Vacations properties to choose from in Las Vegas. If your little ones love outdoor sports and a pool with waterfalls, try the Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Boulevard. New sports courts including basketball, pickleball, and corn hole are all waiting for you to come play.
Huntington Beach Adventure Playground
Warning: If you can’t handle getting dirty, this isn’t one of the epic playgrounds for you. Bring your kids back in time to the good ole’ days when children loved spending their days outside playing in the dirt and mud. (Just make sure you bring a change of clothes!) Kids will go punting on wooden rafts from the days of Tom Sawyer, slide down mud hills, and build things with actual hammers and nails. This old school playground is magic.
Where to Stay? The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel is the perfect place for a family vacation. You are steps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in California, and the resort pool is an oasis of water fun!
Mount Trashmore, Virginia Beach, VA
Planning a historic family getaway to Williamsburg and Jamestown? Make sure you plan a day at a world-renowned playground created by compacting layers of solid waste and clean soil. Wait, you mean play on top of trash? Mount Trashmore encompasses 165 acres and is comprised of two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, a skate park and vert ramp, and multi-use paths. Lake Trashmore is freshwater and hosts various species of fish.
Where to Stay? The rooftop pool at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront is epic. Enjoy a family beach vacation with infinite ocean views.
Woodland Discovery Playground, Memphis, TN
Determined to create the playground of the future, the Shelby Farms Park Conservatory in Memphis built a park within the woods where kids have to strategize opportunities to slide, climb, run, scramble, swing, build, find, and discover. Designers of James Corner Field Operations (architects responsible for Manhattan’s High Line) worked with local kids to determine how they wanted to play. The result are epic playgrounds separated into different ‘play nests’ with slides, treehouses, climbing nets, and more!
Where to Stay? Stay in the heart of Memphis at the Doubletree Hotel Memphis Downtown.
Teardrop Park, New York, NY
Designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, the two-acre Teardrop Park brings a little of the dramatic Hudson River Valley to Battery Park. Teardrop features a magnificent “Ice Wall” artwork, an unforgettable slide built into natural rock formations, sandboxes, water play, a rocky reading area, places to rock hop, and much more to discover! From May to October you can find fun lawn games and creative art projects for kids.
Where to Stay? Choose from three incredible HGV properties in Manhattan.
Harry Thomas Sr. Playspace, Washington D.C.
This is a place where the subjects of mathematics, art, architecture, science, and nature are brought together in fascinating ways. The playgrounds explore the Fibonacci sequence, the numerical wonder that is a simple pattern where each number is the sum of the two numbers that precede it. The playground also includes a community garden, fitness loop, two basketball courts, a new solar-powered scoreboard, a green roof pavilion, and an extensive stormwater management system.
Where to Stay? Be in a prime location in the nation’s capital at The District by Hilton Club.
During your next vacation with us, carve out time to spend an afternoon at one of these epic playgrounds that will definitely get your child’s creativity in high gear!