Boston has invested millions in its outdoor play spaces. Here's a list of its public playgrounds by neighborhood.
Allston-Brighton | Back Bay-Beacon Hill | Charlestown | Dorchester | Downtown | East Boston | Fenway-Kenmore | Hyde Park | Jamaica Plain | Mattapan | Roslindale | Roxbury | South Boston | South End | West Roxbury
Back Bay-Beacon Hill Playgrounds
East Boston Playgrounds
Hyde Park Playgrounds
Jamaica Plain Playgrounds
South Boston Playgrounds
South End Playgrounds
West Roxbury Playgrounds
What's The Difference Between A Public and A Private Playground?
Public playgrounds are often operated by the city or the state and are accessible to the public. We included one exception, which is the nature nook (a nature-based playground) located at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan. It too is free and open to the public, but is listed as an exception because it is owned by a nonprofit. Private playgrounds are owned and operated by individual institutions like private community centers or churches. You'll often notice they have "private property" signs, and /or can only be accessed by their members. The playgrounds listed above are public.
Do All Playgrounds Have Bathrooms?
No. While you may be able to walk to a local restaurant or business to use their bathrooms, some playgrounds are in residential areas or tucked away from other buildings all together. If you're out and about with your little one, consider traveling with a portable potty (or urinal) and wipes. Portable potties are also great for...
long road trips
if your little one is afraid of public restrooms
if the restrooms aren't clean
if there are no family restrooms (for example a dad who doesn't want to take his daughter into the men's bathroom).
Let us know if we missed your playground. Want ideas on things to do today? Here are some.
Until next time...
Love The Journey,