As warm weather approaches, there are some wonderful playgrounds to explore in the Washington, DC area. It doesn’t matter what age your children are, they are still looking for an adventure. Playgrounds are a great way for your children to socialize with others and try different activities.

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Friendship “Turtle” Park
45th and Van Ness Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 282-2198
Price: Free
Hours: Rec Center Mon to Fri. – 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This park is called the “turtle park” because of its several large statues in the play area. The playground is conveniently located near American University, with plenty of recreational activities. The kids will have fun swinging, climbing on jungle gyms and playing in the turtle sandbox. Toddlers will be able to play on a stationary train and there are Flintstone-like cars scattered throughout the park. Turtle Park’s official name, Friendship Park houses the coveted tennis courts, basketball courts, multi-use soccer fields, and a nice recreation center. On a hot day, bring your swim suits and take advantage of the spray ground which is open between
Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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Cabin John Regional Park
7400 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, MD 20817
Price: Free
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Cabin John is Montgomery Count’s best and largest parks. Activities for all ages are easily found here. For the younger kids, they have age appropriate climbing structure, slides, cars and a fee based miniature train to explore. Elementary age children can explore the mazes, playhouse and climbing equipment. Nature is in the forefront, visitors can go birding, hiking trails, or stop by Locust Grove Nature Center, which offers programs for children. Fitness buffs with not be disappointed, there have a ice skating rink, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and lighted athletic fields.

Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 48067
(301) 924-2127
Price: Free
Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

Seneca Creek is a wonderful park to visit. There are scenic views of the Potomac River with a large play area built from recycled materials. Since it is located along the river, there are plenty of water activities from boating to fishing or just wading in the water. For those looking for adventure, try the zip-lining or frisbee golfing. There are numerous hiking trails to explore for the avid hikers and some trails will allow use of mountain bikes.

Clemyjontri Park
6317 Georgetown Pike
McLean, Virginia 22101
(703) 388-2807
Price: Free
Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset

Clemyjontri is a unique playground and especially designed to accommodate special needs children. Play structures have ramps attached to allow wheelchairs and monkey bars have been lowered to help children with limitations. Kids will have plenty of slides and play structures to use. The park sits on 18 acres to allow all kinds of adventures. There is a carousel for little kiddies to ride for a fee.

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Wheaton Regional Park
2002 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 946-7033
Price: Free
Hours: Mon. to Thurs. – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wheaton Regional Park is one of the oldest in Montgomery County park system and is tucked away in a woodsy area of Wheaton. The park features a new Adventure Playground that has climbing nets and walls, giant slides and swings. Wheaton Park operates a wonderful miniature train and carousel that is open seasonally.For the nature lovers, try touring the Brookside Gardens and Brookside Nature
Center. Pine Lake is located on park grounds and is a great opportunity to expose your children to fishing. If you are looking for something new, try horseback riding at the Wheaton stables, which is located on site.

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