Biggest Best Playgrounds Indoor Playgrounds

Danny D’Elia Recreation Center, Oakland, NJ

Danny D’Elia Recreation Center also know as Alexander Potash Recreation complex, is located on Lawlor Dr. in Oakland, NJ. It is a beautifully maintained playground for ages 5-12. The equipment is new, the ground cover is rubber mulch and it is completely enclosed. The downfalls of this playground is that there is no shade

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Barbour Pond Park, Wayne NJ aka Dave Waks Memorial Park

OLD PIC of Barbour Dave Waks Memorial Park- See updated pics below!

Barbour Pond Park is located on 39 Barbour Pond Road in Wayne, NJ. A bit difficult to find, you should follow the signs for the Overflow Parking to the Maquet Lot, past the baseball fields at the end. Located right

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Quail Brook Park, Franklin Twp NJ

Another Sara Rall Guest Post! (Great picnic spot here!)

Quail Brook Park on New Brunswick Rd. near Hexham Dr. in Franklin Twp., Somerset County is mostly a golf course, but has a lovely playground and picnic grove tucked away here as well.

The play structure is metal and plastic with a rope bridge

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Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ

Sara has sent me some great finds, and I’m still catching up 🙂 Here’s another great park from her in Bridgewater, check out all our Bridgewater parks, we have a ton thanks to Sara.

Duke Island Park, on Park Drive off Old York Rd. at the southern edge of Bradley Gardens, Bridgewater Twp.,

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Glen Rock Arboretum (Faber Field) Glen Rock, NJ

Update: This park was completely redone. No more wooden structures or metal slides. Thanks to Victoria from the very active North Jersey Moms Meetup Group who sent us these great pictures!!!

Doremus Ave off of Rock Rd, Glen Rock, NJ

DIRECTIONS: NJ-4 W towards Paterson. Stay straight to go onto NJ-208 N. Slight right

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Pepe Field, Boonton NJ

Editor’s Note: Lara from TwiceBlessedLife commented that she really enjoyed how in Japan they have barriers in front of the swings so that the kids don’t run up to them.

Poppy, one of our FB fans, noted that Boonton has this! Thanks to our recent merge of the Playground Guide, we are able to

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Chubb Park, Chester NJ

Editor’s Note: So about a year ago, I had attempted a Celebrity Poll for NJ Parks. Although follow-up was pretty scarce, we did get a great recommendation from one of my favorite comedians and author, Jim Breuer, a Chester resident via email. I also was lucky enough to meet him at an event at the

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Columbus Park, Piscataway NJ

Another Great Post by Sara Rall!

Columbus Park Playground is located near the corner of Mansfield Rd. and 11th St. in Piscataway, Middlesex County. It is a shady, dino-themed playground in a park with just about every kind of sports facility you can think of.

The playground has one main play structure with a

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Memory Park, Newton, NJ

Editor’s Note: Another great park by Amy’s Playground Guide from Sussex/Warren counties! I also wanted to acknowledge, Thomas Russo, the Town Manager of Newton, who I’ve been lucky to meet at a NJ Social Media conference awhile back. If you take a look at the Newton Town Website, you can immediately

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Bee Meadow Park, Whippany, NJ

Editor’s Note: We’ve recently added a new classification for SSEQ (Small Safe Enclosed Quiet) playgrounds and this one fits the bill according to one of our fans. Thanks to all the fans and readers for their input, we truly appreciate it and so do the parents looking for these great gems! Have a comment

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Acker Park, Roselle Park NJ

Acker Park is a hidden gem that is located on the intersection of Lehigh Avenue and Woodland Avenue in Roselle Park. This park was recently funded and renovated.

It is completely fenced, although the main entrance is kept open during park hours.

I found this virtual tour of Acker Park Playground.

Picnicking: 2 picnic tables

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Woodland School, Morris Township NJ

Woodland School located on Johnston Drive, Convent Station, in Morris Township.

Two playgrounds on one school grounds. Really cool paved area with drawings and lots of games. Newer equipment is in the back of the school.

Route 287 to Madison Ave. Turn towards the Hospital. Just past the Hospital turn right onto Turtle

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Bedminster Elementary School, Bedminster NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall:

Bedminster Elementary School is located at 234 Somerville Road, Bedminster (Somerset Co.). It has a terrific, big, sunny playground with lots of interesting equipment.

The main play structure has about 6 different types of climbing walls, several slides, parallel zip lines that one kid can use

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Loantaka Brook Reservation Recreation Area, Morris Twp.

Loantaka Brook Reservation Recreation Area is located approximately on 500 South Street in Morris Township, NJ

Description: Diverse park. Wonderful for playdates, picnics, walking, hosting a birthday party, bringing the dog, bike-riding, roller-skating and flying kites. The playground is well-shaded, clean, and toddler-friendly.

Directions: From Interstate 287: Turn onto South Street, heading away from

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Morris Township Children’s Playground, Morris Twp.

Morris Township Children’s Playground, Knollwood Dr and Khadena Dr, Morris Township, NJ

Nicely spread out, shaded, neighborhood park. The equipment is scattered throughout a wooded grove. Grass and mulch ground cover. Great if you have toddlers and kids up to age 12 – challenges for everyone!

Route 287 to Lafayette Ave, exit 36B.

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Alfred Vail School Playground, Morris Township

Alfred Vail School is located on 125 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Township NJ.

Multiple play areas at one school. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. School has a “Play it Safe” campaign underway to raise money for re-building the play areas.

Route 287 to Lafayette Ave. Straight through 1st light. Under train trestle, right onto

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Woodbourne Park, Wantage NJ

Woodbourne Park is located on Corner of Berry Rd & Sherman Ridge Rd in Wantage NJ.

DESCRIPTION: A sprawling, full-sun playground with a variety of sports fields, playthings, and a walking path.

DIRECTIONS: Take Rte 15 seven miles north of Sparta and then follow CR-565/Ross Corner-Sussex Rd to the right for

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Clifton E. Lawrence School, Wantage, NJ

Clifton E. Lawrence School is located on 31 Ryan Rd, Wantage, NJ in Sussex County.

DESCRIPTION: The largest, most diverse school playground we’ve encountered in Sussex and Warren County. The landscape is dotted with a wide variety of play structures and toys, and includes a fenced-in toddler area.

DIRECTIONS: From NJ-15

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Shongum Elementary School, Randolph, NJ

Shongum Elementary School is located on 9 Arrow Pl in Randolph, NJ

Description

Small shady playground in the front of the school, larger equipment around the back of the school.

Directions

From Route 10W take the jug handle just prior to Littleton Rd/US 202 (Wendy’s on your right) to turn left and cross over

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Freedom Park, Randolph NJ

Freedom Park is located on Millbrook Ave, in Randolph, NJ.

Description

A large and busy sports facility with a great playground at its entrance. The playground has some really unique playthings. It’s a great spot for a weekday play-date with a very large picnicking gazebo just off the parking lot. Very busy during the

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Center Grove Elementary School, Randolph, NJ

Center Grove Elementary School is located on 25 School House Rd in Randolph, NJ.

Description

Brand new very large playgrounds with some really cool features like a spider web climbing structure, suspended steps underneath a drawbridge and dual corkscrew slides.

Directions

Route 10W to Center Grove Rd. Turn left onto Center Grove and go up

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Lewis Morris County Park, Morris Township, NJ

Lewis Morris Park is located on 270 Mendham Rd in Morris Township, NJ.

Directions

From I-287 take exit 36 which is the CR510/Laffayette Ave exit. Stay straight to go under the train trestle toward Morris Ave. Turn right at Morris and go through the light and at top of the hill make a right

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Morris Plains Community Park, Morris Plains

Morris Plains Community Park is located on 51 Jim Fear Dr in Morris Plains, NJ.

Directions: Take 287 to Route 10 and exit towards Whippany/Dover. Turn onto Littleton Drive (Route 202) on same side as the Super Stop & Shop (left if traveling West.) Turn left at the light onto Malapardis Road and then

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Saddle River County Park – Otto C Pehle Area, Saddle Brook, NJ

From “The Playground Guide”- Bergen County Edition:

ADDRESS: approx 760 Saddle River Rd, Saddle Brook, NJ DIRECTIONS: NJ-4 E to the Saddle River Rd exit. Bear right off the exit and stay straight onto Saddle River Rd. Park entrance will be about ½ mile on your left. DESCRIPTION: Tremendous playground in

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Clark Field, Washington Twp, NJ

From “The Playground Guide” Bergen County Edition:

Clark Field is located on Willow St & Cleveland Ave in Washington Twp. NJ.

DIRECTIONS: Garden State Pkwy N to exit 168 Washington/Westwood/HoHoKus. Bear right off exit onto Washington Ave. Proceed on Washington Ave through one traffic light and make a right onto Cleveland Ave. Playground is

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Finch Park Creative Playground, Ramsey, NJ

Finch Park Creative Playground is located at 205 Church St, in Ramsey, NJ. DIRECTIONS: Route 17 N to the Spring St/Grant St exit. Make a right onto Spring St. After you make the right, stay slight right to remain on Spring St. Make a left onto N Island Ave and then a right onto

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Dahnerts Lake County Park, Garfield, NJ

From “The Playground Guide” Bergen County Edition:

Midland Ave, Garfield, NJ DIRECTIONS: I-80 E to exit 61 Garfield/Elmwood Park. Make a right onto River Rd. Travel approximately 2 ½ miles and make a left onto Monroe St. Take Monroe St to Midland Ave and make a right onto Midland Ave. DESCRIPTION: Beautiful county park next

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RVA Johanson Memorial Fields and Park, Boonton, NJ

353 Powerville Rd, Boonton, NJ

287N to Intervale Rd/Mtn. Lakes exit. At top of exit ramp turn left. At traffic light turn right onto Fanny Rd. At 2nd stop sign turn right and quickly bear left onto Powerville Rd. Proceed down Powerville Rd bearing right at the fork in the road to remain on

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Dunham Lebed Park, Franklin, NJ

Guest Post by Sara Rall-

Dunham Lebed Park, Willow Ave and 15th St. in the Ukrainian Village section of Franklin Twp., Somerset County is a lovely neighborhood park perfect for kids who like plastic climbing walls.

There is one main play structure in this sunny park, but it has more climbing

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Samuel Nelkin County Park, Wallington NJ

Samuel Nelkin Park in Wallington NJ is located near the intersection of Maple Ave. and Rose St. in Wallington nearby the famous Wallington Bowling Lanes. My good friend Marina took these pictures for me. Looks like a great park to get together for a playdate. I can’t believe we never visited here, my parents

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