10 Awesome Playgrounds in NW Ohio & SE Michigan




Are your kids getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day? What about the suggested vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week? Meeting these recommendations by the Children Pediatric Association can be tricky especially when there is a huge temptation lingering about, screens! And while signing up a child for an organized sport activity, going to a trampoline park, skating rink, etc. might get the job done, why pay when there are awesome parks at our disposal?

Here are 10 Awesome parks in NW Ohio & SE Michigan that will beat out those tempting screens!

Carr Park








Where: Temperance, MI 48182

Phone: (734) 224-7323

Website: http://www.bedfordmi.org/residents/carr_park.php

Amenities: Park offers permanent grills, benches, picnic tables, and an over-hang shelter housing additional picnic tables. The park has a basketball court, two volleyball courts, two tennis courts and a ball diamond.

Fun fact, the property where the six acre parcel of ground is located was originally deeded to the Upton Carr family by President Andrew Jackson in the 1830’s. It subsequently was sold by the Carr Family to the Temperance Rotary Club to be designated as a park.



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Where: 8505 S River Rd, Waterville, OH 43566.

Phone: (419) 779-6052

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/farnsworth/

Amenities: Indoor and picnic shelter rental, there is a really nice, new, shelter adjacent (and restrooms too) that is available to rent along with a charcoal and gas grill, fishing, overnight camping and historical WPA buildings and bridges


Imagination Kingdom

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Where: 700 E Oak St. Wauseon, Ohio 43567

Website: https://momonthegoinholytoledo.com/2015/07/02/imagination-kingdom/

Amenities: Picnic area, restrooms, enclosed playground

Imagination Kingdom is a handicapped accessible playground located in Reighard Park, in Wauseon, OH. It is the first ever 100% plastic playground in Ohio. (Why plastic? Maintenance isn’t as much, it doesn’t require staining & sealing every year like wooden playgrounds, and as an added bonus parents don’t have to worry about kiddos getting splinters). The playground project was funded, all $250,000, by a committee who solicited area businesses, organizations, and individuals. They also sold engraved pavers & fence pickets which can be seen as you walk up and around the playground. And get this, the playground was no only built by the community, but was entirely staffed by volunteers!! Ah-mazing!!



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Address: 5100 W Central Ave. Toledo, OH 43615

Phone: (419) 270-7500

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/wildwood/

Amenities: Picnic areas, shelters, restrooms, Manor House, garden, old school house, & playground

Natural beauty and man-made elegance come together as one at Wildwood Preserve, the most visited of the Metroparks. The 493-acre park is the former estate of Toledo’s Stranahan family. Surrounded by natural habit, the stately home, now called the Manor House, played important roles in Toledo—and the park district’s—history.


Thorn Park

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Address: 21311 Telegraph Rd, Brownstown Charter Twp, MI 48183

Phone: (734) 675-0920

Website: http://www.brownstown-mi.org/

Amenities: Picnic area, picnic tables, restrooms, splash pad, lockers, & changing area

Thorn Park Splash Pad is located in Brownstown Michigan, roughly 40 minutes (with construction) from Toledo. It is literally a straight shot up I-75, super easy to find. It is like a little oasis of fun! Thorne Park has a sweet playground so be sure to pack a lunch because you are going to want to stay for a while.


Swan Creek






Address: 4659 Airport Hwy, Toledo, OH 43615

Phone: (419) 407-9758

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/swan-creek

Amenities: Restrooms, swinging bridge, indoor and picnic shelters, & playgrounds


Pearson Park

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Address: 761 Lallendorf Rd Oregon, OH 43616

Phone: (419) 360-9178

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/pearson/

Amenities: The lake offers more than just breathtaking views and a therapeutic walk, you can also fish, paddle on the lake with one of the paddle boats, & ice skate in the winter months. Attractions also include baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, a playground, sledding, and the Black Swamp Cabin

Each step offered a new gorgeous view; it honestly doesn’t feel like you are in Ohio anymore.


Plymouth Dream PlayScape

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Address: 46640 W Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth, MI 48170

Phone: (734) 453-3567

Website: http://www.plymouthtwp.org/government/departments/parks_and_recreation/index.php

Amenities: 80-acre Community Park with 4 baseball diamonds, a fishing pond, restrooms, picnic, & a kids’ splash pad.

It is huge! There is so much to do for all ages! There are swings and a play area for the toddlers and preschoolers, kids of all ages!! And talk about great exercise, there are so many climbing apparatuses…and the sheer size of the structure barricades any possibility of boredom!


Oak Openings











Where: 4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton, OH 43558

Phone: (419) 360-9179

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com/explore-your-parks/oak-openings/

Amenities: Endless…picnic areas, playgrounds, shelters, horseback riding, camping grounds, restrooms, etc.

Trip Advisor has it listed as #8 or 80 things to do in Toledo and I could not agree more! It is home to “the Spot” which has earned quite a reputation amongst Insta-grammers from all over Ohio as well as photographers from Michigan, Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. With its sand dunes, bike trails, Tornado Alley, Mallard Lake, campgrounds, Horse trails, picnic areas, etc. it’s the Disney World of Metroparks with endless beauty everywhere you turn just waiting to be explored!


Fort Imagination







Address: 429 E Boundary St, Perrysburg, OH 43551

Phone: (419) 872-8020

Website: http://ci.perrysburg.oh.us/index.php/parks-recreation/parks/woodlands-park

Amenities: Covered picnic area, picnic tables, restroom, disc-golf course, enclosed toddler play area


Know an awesome playground that didn’t make the list? Please share in the comments. And tag/share with friends, a play date at the park is perfect for parents and kids!

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18 Comments on “10 Awesome Playgrounds in NW Ohio & SE Michigan”

  1. April 22, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

    Beautiful photos of our playgrounds. Thank you!

    Scott Carpenter
    Director of Public Relations
    Metroparks Toledo

  2. Amanda Latscha
    April 23, 2018 at 1:11 am #

    Kid’s Kingdom in Napoleon. One of our favorites, but wish it was a but closer!

    • April 23, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

      Ooooh! Just the name sounds enticing! Totally taking a trip to Napoleon this summer! Thanks for sharing, love

  3. Bonnie Grisier
    April 24, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

    Big Thanks for promoting the Imagination Kingdom in Wauseon,OH. !!! Bryan, Oh. has a Imagination Station. Great playground !!! Thanks for all you do Kat !!!

    • April 26, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

      It is my pleasure, Bonnie!! (Likewise…you do so much for your community, thank you for all your hard work, time, energy, etc. that goes into making Wauseon such a treasure for NW Ohio!) And thanks for sharing….we are adding the Imagination Station to our summer list!

  4. Tiffany
    June 19, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this. This is exactly what we were hoping to find online.

  5. Sarah
    June 26, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    Thank you for this post and others. I find your information most useful!
    Please share events, if possible – especially in the summer. I appreciate your hard work.

    • June 26, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

      Thank you for you kind words, Sarah. Your feedback means the world to me. I’m always keeping my eyes open for fun events…FYI, I post 3 free events each Thursday for weekend family fun on the Facebook page. 😉

  6. Sarah B.
    August 23, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    Heritage Park in Canton, MI (next town over from Plymouth) has a splash pad, very similar play structure to the one you featured in Plymouth, a pond that people fish in, another playground on the opposite side of the park, plus walking distance to the public library, police and fire stations. If you time it right, there is a amphitheater in the park too, which has live music often during the good weather.

    • August 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

      It sounds amazing!! I want to vacation there! Thank you so much for sharing, love! We’ll be sure to add it to the list!

  7. Colleen Olszewski
    March 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

    Don’t forget Olander Park in Sylvania . Playground and nice safe path for kids learning to ride a bike.

    • March 18, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

      Truth! It’s definitely the perfect place for littles to ride bikes….no traffic! 😉 Thanks for adding to the list, Colleen

  8. Michelle
    March 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm #

    Awesomeness 👍 👌 we will be going to these. Thank you

  9. Linda Grimm
    March 30, 2019 at 11:32 pm #

    Can you tell me just exactly where “The Spot” is in Oak Openings? Thanks.

    • April 4, 2019 at 3:03 am #

      I had to Google it…if you Google “the spot in Oak Openings” there is an Instagramer that will pop-up & gives the exact coordinates

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