10 Playgrounds Worth a Drive

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When your kids — and you — are itching to get outside for active playtime, check out a few of the Triangle's top playgrounds. Here are 10 worth driving to — no matter what Triangle town you call home.

1. Chapel Hill Community Center Park

120 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
With play structures, swings, slides, monkey bars, tire swings and more, this playground offers plenty of opportunities for kids to stay active. Brick walking paths and a bicycle trail surround the park to help keep parents busy, too.

2. Homestead Park

100 Northern Park Dr., Chapel Hill
This Chapel Hill hot spot has something for the whole family with athletic fields, batting cages, a basketball court, a skate park, a dog park, baseball/softball fields, playground equipment and more.

3. Durham Central Park

501 Foster St., Durham
Situated amidst a bustling downtown, Durham Central Park not only houses climbable animal sculptures and a skate park, it also hosts cultural activities and events, including the Durham Farmers Market.

4. Pullen Park

520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh
Built around themes of history, art and nature, this playground features four areas geared toward designated age groups: swing, school-age climb and slide, sand and water play, and preschool play. The Amusement Center includes a train, historic carousel, kiddie boats and pedal boats. Grab a bite at the Pullen Place Cafe.

5. Blue Jay Point County Park

3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh
This 236-acre park offers spaces to walk, run, picnic and play, including the Tot Lot playground for ages 2-5 and the Kids Lot for ages 5-12. The park also features a natural play area to encourage environmental education and Go Ape!, a zip line and treetops adventure course.

6. North Cary Park

1100 Norwell Blvd., Cary
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The playground is just one piece of the recreational design at North Cary Park, which also includes a soccer field, basketball slabs, sand volleyball courts and more. Giant boulders give older kids a fun space to climb, and traditional equipment caters to younger children.

7. Kids Together Park

111 Thurston Dr., Cary
Featuring zones for preschool play, school-age discovery and active play, this vibrant playground includes climbing structures, a sand table, playhouses, swings, a picnic shelter and a climbable dragon named Katal. Kids of all physical and mental abilities can play in this multisensory environment that challenges muscles and minds.

8. Fred G. Bond Metro Park

801 High House Rd., Cary
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With trails, athletic fields, an amphitheater and the Lazy Daze Playground integrated into the surrounding lake and foliage, Bond Park is among the largest municipal parks in Wake County. The playground features age-specific zones, swings, slides and climbing structures.

9. Kelly Road Park

1609 Kelly Road, Apex
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This park's collection of turrets, corridors and two-story play structure, help it stand out from the others. Kelly Road Park also features two separate playground areas – one for ages 2-5 and one for ages 5-12 – as well as obstacles that encourage interactive play.

10. Crowder County Park

4709 Ten Ten Rd., Apex
Climbing structures and open play areas are nestled beside trees and trails at Crowder, a dog-friendly park that houses multiple playgrounds, shaded areas and equipment for kids of all ages.

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